Author | Greg Eghigian, PhD


The Spanish Flu Pandemic and Mental Health: A Historical Perspective

May 28, 2020


Have we learned anything? Looking back at the Spanish flu epidemic as the world deals with the COVID pandemic.

The Legacy of Political Persecution

February 11, 2020


As historians and mental health professionals both know, in the words of the writer William Faulkner, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Before Personality: Character Assessment and Its Troubled History

August 26, 2019


The 20th century introduced a number of new concepts to psychiatry and clinical psychology. One of the most influential has been the notion of personality.

Five Trends in Historical Research on Psychiatry and Mental Health

December 04, 2018


An assessment of what has been accomplished, how the field is changing, and new directions for scholarship as we forge ahead into the next year.

A “Sickness of Our Time”: How Suicide First Became a Research Question

April 27, 2018


In 1897, the French sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) published Le suicide: Étude de sociologie [Suicide: A Study in Sociology]. With it, Durkheim largely succeeded in achieving one of his main goals.

5 New Books in the History of Psychiatry to Read for 2018

December 19, 2017


A selection of noteworthy books to add to your reading list. Can you think of others?

ECT: History of a Psychiatric Controversy

June 23, 2017


The author interviews Jonathan Sadowsky, PhD, historian of psychiatry, about his book Electroconvulsive Therapy in America: The Anatomy of a Medical Controversy.

The Holiday Syndrome: Who Exactly Came Up With the Idea of Those Christmas Blues?

December 05, 2016


Since ancient times, doctors have shown a good deal of interest in identifying seasonal patterns in the incidence of symptoms and disease. Could the holiday blues be a myth?

A Methamphetamine Dictatorship? Hitler, Nazi Germany, and Drug Abuse

June 23, 2016


What do we know about the health and drug consumption habits of the Nazi leader of the German people from 1933 to 1945?

Madness, Psychiatry, and the Visual Arts in History

February 05, 2016


While much in the history of “madness” has changed over the course of time, one of the most consistent-yet sometimes overlooked-features of that history has been the presence of the visual arts.