Trauma and Transition Trajectories: The Risk of Caenisian Reversion
How can you best address and support transgender patients, as well as prevent negative outcomes?
Gilding the Goldwater Lily
Psychiatry and politics do not have a history of mixing well. Is this why we need the Goldwater Rule?
A Forensic Psychiatrist Takes the Stand
Forensic psychiatry is not for everyone, but looking back on his life and illustrious career, James L. Knoll IV, MD, realizes that he was destined to study crime.
Treating ‘Morally Objectionable’ Patients
James L. Knoll IV, MD, shares insights from his decades in forensic psychiatry, where he has treated some of the criminal justice system’s most difficult and dangerous patients.
9/11 20th Anniversary: COVID-19 Endgame
How has human behavior been affected by the tragedy of 9/11 and the recent trauma of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream
Throughout the centuries, we have continued to puzzle over our capacity for antisocial behavior
A Dose of Much-Needed Medicine
Sometimes, life’s lessons appear unexpectedly.
Panic and Pandemics: The Return of the Absurd
We often push thoughts of death far out of our awareness, but at the present time they unavoidably re-emerge. Can we learn something helpful from this?
Psychiatric Malpractice Grand Rounds: Addiction Psychiatry
James L. Knoll IV, MD, analyzes the ethical and legal duties of psychiatrists treating substance use disorders.
Cruel, Immoral Behavior Is Not Mental Illness
How can a human being commit such acts without being under the influence of some powerful “alien” force? How can they not be "mentally ill"? Here's how.
The Mass Shooter and His Mental Functioning
A tripartite dimensional approach may be used to better understand the mental functioning of those who commit mass violence.
Zen and the Art of Documentation
Lawyers tend to be good at spotting unexplained inconsistencies in documentation. Take these steps to protect yourself.
Guidance Along the Path: 20 Meditations for Psychiatry Residents
In the spirit of honoring and guiding trainees, the authors provide advice to today’s psychiatric residents-the psychiatric leaders of tomorrow.
Psychiatric Malpractice Grand Rounds: The Tarasoff Dilemma
An expert provides sage advice to avoid a malpractice lawsuit, even in the face of potentially tragic outcomes.
What Can Cain and Abel Teach Us About Mass Shootings?
A close analysis of the psychodynamics of Cain’s crime shows us something important about his mentality-not to be confused with mental illness.
Duty of Care and Informed Consent
Medical malpractice, a form of professional negligence, remains a heavily criticized legal solution for ensuring patient autonomy and competent health care.
Moving Beyond “Motives” in Mass Shootings
Focusing on concerning behaviors may better assist with prevention than sensationalizing individual perpetrators’ motives.
Psychiatry, “Dangerousness,” and the President
Labeling a (clinically unexamined) public figure as "dangerous" can do as much or more harm as promulgating a specific psychiatric diagnosis.
Warning: Antidepressants May Cause Messaging Manslaughter
Neither time nor science has given pause to some attorneys who exploit the misunderstanding that surrounds the putative "criminogenic" effects of antidepressants.
Mini Quiz: Capital Punishment
The 1990s can be considered a high-water mark for support of the death penalty, as well as for imposing it. Where does that figure stand now? Take the quiz and learn more.
Mental Illness and Capital Punishment: Potential Complications
The authors discuss some potential complications arising from a constitutional ban on executing persons with mental illness.
Maintenance of Certification and Self-Mortification
Health care and medical education must march ever onward-although recently there has been a growing uprising among the ranks of experienced physicians.
Mini Quiz: Methods of Suicide
What is the most common method of suicide in the US?
Mounties, Cowboys, Avengers-and the Cultural Script of Gun Violence
Gun violence by alienated, disgruntled individuals isn't new. So what changes may help account for our recent spate of mass shootings?
Forensic Psychiatry: An Essential Major Subspecialty
With a consistent and evolving presence in the US, forensic psychiatry has grown increasingly complex, with many specialty areas under its subspecialty umbrella.
Lessons From Litigation
In this article, the author covers some basic mapractice concepts and briefly address 2 key issues that frequently arise in the course of psychiatric malpractice litigation: documentation and the defendant psychiatrist’s deposition.
Heatstroke and Psychiatric Patients
A variety of commonly used psychiatric medications increase the risk of heatstroke, leaving psychiatric patients in jails and prisons at risk.
I have often wondered: did any of Parkland's sets of medical eyes experience a moment of stillness with the collective father who had just been declared dead? I readily acknowledge the difficulty with great humility.
Warning: Antidepressants May Cause Bank Robbery
Some attorneys have argued that SSRIs cause serious adverse events, capable of compelling defendants to engage in strikingly complex criminal behavior. On close examination, however, these phenomena may be clearly distinguished from criminal behavior.
Tales From the New Asylum: Truth?
What is truth? In the end, it is not a forensic psychiatrist's place to judge. He or she is a cog in a bigger machine that is supposed to treat psychiatric illness.
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