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Steve Balt, MD, MS

Steve Balt, MD, MS

Dr Balt is Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine, Editor in Chief of The Carlat Psychiatry Report, and Supervising Psychiatrist at John Muir Behavioral Health in Concord, Calif.

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With over 2 dozen FDA-approved antidepressants on the market, it is reasonable to ask: which antidepressants are most effective?

When we work with patients whose experiences don't align with our expectations, we must be careful not to dismiss those experiences simply because they clash with the overriding psychiatric paradigm.

Critics of DSM-5 argue that the expansion of diagnostic criteria may increase the number of “mentally ill” individuals and/or pathologize “normal” behavior, and lead to the possibility that thousands—if not millions—of new patients will be exposed to medications which may cause more harm than good.

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