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Cultural Psychiatry

Cultural Psychiatry

Allan Tasman, MD

I hope you'll take a little time to read The Lancet Psychiatry Commission on the Future of Psychiatry, and to reflect on how we’ll address a number of issues critically important to the future of our profession.

Evil? Psychopathology? Mental illness? Gambling disorder? Brain tumor? Can future massacres be prevented if we understand what caused the Las Vegas shooter to become our country's biggest mass murderer?

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No, there is no generalized epidemic of mental illness in the US, nor credible evidence that psychiatric drugs are driving up rates or severity of mental illness. But there is an urgent need for more and better treatment of psychiatric disorders.

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Recent events in Charlottesville are poignant reminders that the wounds caused by bigotry and racism leave a deep imprint on our spirit, bodies, and psyche.

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Here's how I've managed to get my own mind off the news. What about you?

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Successful culturally adapted interventions to improve adherence among Latino patients with depression and schizophrenia confirm how important it is to understand a patient’s entire sociocultural environment.

Michelle Riba, MD, MS

We psychiatrists can't solve the world's political problems, but we can help those who are affected by them. Suggestions here.

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