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H. Steven Moffic, MD

H. Steven Moffic, MD

Dr Moffic is an editorial board member of and regular contributor to Psychiatric Times. After an award-filled career focusing on the underserved, he retired from clinical work and his Tenured Professorship at the Medical College of Wisconsin on June 30, 2012. He continues to write, present, and serve on boards devoted to this—and related—ethical concerns. Dr Moffic’s book, The Ethical Way: Challenges and Solutions for Managed Behavioral Healthcare (Jossey-Bass, 1997), was the first on the subject. He has edited ethics columns for 3 psychiatric newsletters.

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On the risk of accepting the practice of psychiatric diagnosis from afar.

Given that “specific phobias” are a diagnostic category in DSM-5, is "Islamophobia" a diagnosable disorder?

American psychiatry is on the cusp of recognizing and tackling both physician burnout and climate change.

Carrie Fisher used her force to fight the stigma of mental illness --not with a light saber, but with insight.

Dr. Moffic remembers psychiatrists whose lives provided a model for the wider field of psychiatry in 2016. They are truly "gone but not forgotten."

On a daily basis, our patients demonstrate their resilience to face reality and rise above their challenges, despite the odds. So shall we.

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The public has questioned the wisdom of a judge to release a psychiatric inpatient, but not just any patient. Enter our metaphoric haunted house at your own risk.

Will novel treatments from around the world be treats or tricks? Whatever they turn out to be, they are as fascinating and varied as Halloween costumes.

Let us consider the case of a "bad" psychiatrist to serve as a warning of where we can go wrong.

We are ethically constrained by the Goldwater Rule, but here are the data from an artfully crafted secret poll on the Presidential campaign.

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