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Allan Tasman, MD

Allan Tasman, MD

Dr Tasman is Professor and Emeritus Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Louisville. He holds the John and Ruby Schwab Chair in Social, Community, and Family Psychiatry. He is the Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Times.


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Apparently therapists can fake their own online reviews these days. So much for the ethical ethicist.

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Learning to listen, understanding the importance of what we hear, and knowing we must understand before we speak or act, are among the psychiatrist’s most important skills.


Now is the time to be vigilant and active in the advocacy efforts to fund all the terrific new opportunities the 21st Century Cures Act offers. Here are 9 aspects of the law that focus on psychiatric practice and treatment of those with serious mental illnesses.


It's not about the specifics of preliminary studies about psilocybin. It's about the validation of research using psychedelic drugs in modern psychiatry.


Here’s a very unscientific survey of this year’s most meaningful issues is psychiatry. Quite a year.

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These few stories of refugees remind us what a stress to one’s sense of self the immigrant experience entails. They emphasize how important this perspective is when we are asked to evaluate and treat those recently here in the US, and sometimes those who have been here for a generation.

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I hope readers look seriously at what the Presidential candidates have to say—or if they say anything at all—about addressing the current and increasing disaster in the mental health system before casting their votes.

When was the last time in the midst of a presidential campaign that psychiatric diagnostic criteria were being discussed so widely?


Poetic, raw, and haunting, this young woman's description of having a psychiatric illness powerfully reveals what I believe are common, but rarely articulated, thoughts and feelings.

Even though I’ve read these stories a number of times, I still have an intense emotional response to each of them. They remind me that our work is of incredible personal importance to our patients and of such emotional meaning to us too.


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