Author | Chris Aiken, MD

Articles

What Leonard Cohen Can Teach Us About Depression

May 28, 2020

Article

A recent study shows that meditative practice is surprisingly effective for bipolar depression. The late poet helps explain why.

Dosing Secrets for the Top Mood Stabilizers

May 28, 2020

Slideshow

These mood stabilizers cover a lot of ground, but it is important to know how to use them.

Top Mood Stabilizers for Bipolar Disorder

May 13, 2020

Article

None of them are perfect, but a few rise to the top, according to recent guidelines.

5 Things to Say to Patients With Depression

May 06, 2020

Slideshow

Recovery from depression is a process, and patients need steady, realistic guidance to move through each stage. Insights here.

Lithium in a Time of Coronavirus

April 15, 2020

Article

Lithium may have antiviral properties, but it also carries unique risks during a viral infection.

The Antiviral Side of Lithium

April 15, 2020

Article

Lithium has successfully deterred over a dozen viruses, but how will it affect the novel coronavirus? In this podcast, Chris Aiken, MD, speaks with Janusz Rybakowski, PhD, MD, a pioneer in lithium research who helped discover its antiviral properties.

Can Good Sleep Prevent a Virus?

April 15, 2020

Slideshow

Sleep deprivation increases the risk of viral infections and even mania. Here is the evidence.

Telepsychiatry Comes of Age, Reluctantly

April 14, 2020

Article

Practical tips to help clinicians get started or to hone skills in telepsychiatry.

An Underutilized Option for Bipolar Depression

February 28, 2020

Article

When we find ourselves in the half-tested world of off-label therapies, what’s a psychiatrist to do?

Bipolar Disorder: Practice-Changing Trials from 2019

February 25, 2020

Article

The treatment of bipolar disorder changed in ways big and small in 2019. More in this summary.

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