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Ronald W. Pies, MD

Ronald W. Pies, MD

Dr Pies is Editor in Chief Emeritus of Psychiatric Times, and a Professor in the psychiatry departments of SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, and Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston. Dr Pies is author, most recently, of Psychiatry on the Edge, a collection of essays drawn from Psychiatric Times (Nova Publishing); and a novel, The Director of Minor Tragedies (iUniverse); and The Myeloma Year, a chapbook of poems and essays.

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The authors examine the literature on "quality of life" and how antipsychotics improve that for patients with schizophrenia.

Should doctors be legally allowed to assist terminally ill patients in committing suicide?

For patients suffering the chronic, debilitating symptoms of schizophrenia, antipsychotic medication is a critical component of treatment—and may literally be life-saving.

How radically do we want to alter the physician’s traditional ethical obligations to the most vulnerable of patients?

Both the literature and clinical experience point to considerable risk in discontinuing antipsychotic treatment, for many chronically psychotic patients. Here's why.

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We can teach patients a lot about the biopsychosocial causes of depression—even in 5 minutes.

What can we do, as a society, to reduce the levels of incivility and narcissism that appear to be on the rise?

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Gun violence by alienated, disgruntled individuals isn't new. So what changes may help account for our recent spate of mass shootings?

Most psychiatrists do not fit neatly into the biological or psychodynamic camps. Instead, like surgeons, they will implement tools that reduce the suffering and enhance the well-being of the patient.

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If serotonin was once American psychiatry’s “high school crush,” the field now appears wedded to a more mature model of biological and psychosocial understanding.

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