The thorny issue of “end-of-life care” is likely to remain controversial in the US, with physicians themselves holding a wide variety of views.
Charles Nemeroff, MD, PhD argues for psychiatrists to consider obtaining inflammatory marker labs on every patient that they see.
This article summarizes literature on post-disaster mental health and describes the public health crisis in Puerto Rico. Special attention is given to highlight higher suicide rates and PTSD that develop in post-disaster areas.
In US states where physician-assisted suicide is now legal, what is required prior to a physician prescribing a lethal aid-in-dying drug?
Between 2006 and 2016 the overall US suicide rate went up from 10.97 to 13.26 per 100,000 people. Those numbers may seem small, but they reflect an increase of just over 20% in these 10 years.
The media has tremendous power in delivering messages to the public about mental illness. This year, the media got it wrong.
If you haven’t seen the series or heard media coverage about it, the 13 reasons are a series of 13 audiotapes made by the character, Hannah Baker, to be listened to by the 13 people she felt in some way contributed to her decision to kill herself.
Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in several states. But none of the state statues mandates a mental health evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist before the writing of a lethal prescription by an attending physician.
A psychiatrist realizes he is completely powerless against his patient's opiate addiction.
Which patients are at greatest risk for premature death following discharge?