Author | Cynthia M. A. Geppert, MD, PhD, MPH


Introduction: A Lexicon of Complex Patients in Psychiatric Practice

June 28, 2019


These thumbnail sketches of the articles in this Special Report produce an impressionistic sketch of the meaning of the word complicated in psychiatric practice.

Two Misleading Myths Regarding “Medical Aid in Dying”

August 01, 2018


The authors discuss two fundamental misconceptions: the myth of the patient’s autonomy, and the myth of the incurability of the patient’s illness.

ETHICS QUIZ | Faith and Reason

June 28, 2018


If you were the consultant, what issues might you raise in the cases discussed here?

Case Report: Drinking, Decisional Capacity, and Death

July 11, 2014


Severe alcohol dependence and frequent relapses in this patient prompts his son to produce a durable power of attorney for health care. He demands that the physicians declare his father to lack decision-making capacity. More in this ethics case report.

Introduction: The Brave New World of Psychiatric Ethics

March 12, 2014


The universe of psychiatric ethics has dramatically expanded. Let us boldly go together where psychiatric ethics has never gone before!

The Moral Struggles of Practicing Psychiatrists

May 14, 2013


How often are you confronted with an ethical dilemma in your clinical practice? How comfortable-and how prepared-are you to deal with these issues? Those are just a few of the questions posed in the Psychiatric Times Ethics Survey-a survey that turned out to be the largest ever of its kind.

Ethics Quiz: When Dad Refuses Nursing Home Care

March 05, 2012


Educated and successful individuals, Mr H's children seem able to understand that their father can no longer make his own decisions, but they continue to defer to him for medical and disposition decisions stating, “whatever he wants to do.”

You Say “Yes,” I Say “No,” You Say “Goodbye,” and I Say “Hello”

November 16, 2011


In theory, psychiatrists possess no special skills for determining capacity of a patient to accept or refuse medical care, yet a large percentage of a psychosomatic physician’s work nonetheless involves capacity evaluations.

The 2011 Psychiatric Times Ethics Survey: Moral Struggles

June 08, 2011


The goal of the survey was to go beyond ethical lessons, useful as these may be, and to learn how Psychiatric Times’ readers-who are on the front line of psychiatric practice-handle a series of hypothetical ethical scenarios.

Should Psychiatrists Prescribe Neuroenhancers for Mentally Healthy Patients?

April 01, 2011


As experts in neurobiology, we can conduct and critically evaluate research to identify the short- and long-term risks and benefits of neuroenhancers for patients without recognized clinical indications.