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A blog with commentary by psychiatrists on all things related to the psychiatric profession and current events. ©Lightspring/Shutterstock

Couch in Crisis

A psychiatrist's chess game with his patient didn't go the way he expected.

There are no simple solutions to the plight of the terminally ill patient. With commentary by Cynthia Geppert, MD.

The therapist "goes underwater" with the patient to find what lies in her mind.

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

Marijuana-related problems fall well within the scope of psychiatric practice: many patients use marijuana, which is likely to affect their psychiatric symptoms and response to treatment.

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

In this Letter to the Editor, practicing psychiatrist Richard Krugley, MD makes the case against the term "assisted suicide" when applied to terminally ill patients. Drs. Pies and Geppert respond.

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