Author | Phebe Tucker, MD


Genital Self-Mutilation: A Cutting Conundrum

July 07, 2020


This form of nonsuicidal self-injury occurs within a spectrum of severity, and it is very likely that cases are both underreported and unpublished.

5 Techniques to Help Your Patient Accept a Difficult Psychiatric Diagnosis

March 17, 2020


Patients with difficult conditions such as delusional parasitosis tend to resist the notion that a psychiatric problem underlies their symptoms.

The Aftermath of School Shootings

June 13, 2019


The impact of school shootings extends far beyond the directly affected school and community. What can we do to help survivors and family members?

Inflammation, Immune Function, and Schizophrenia: An Overview

May 19, 2017


Current research investigates new pathophysiologic mechanisms and lays the groundwork for redefining schizophrenia based on distinct medical subclasses-which may lead to more targeted and effective treatments. Details here.

The Interface of Dermatology and Psychiatry

February 20, 2015


Delusional parasitosis can be difficult to recognize, but timely diagnosis and psychiatric treatment can improve quality of life and reduce medical costs.

Current and Future Treatment Options for Preventing Metabolic Syndrome Due to Atypical Antipsychotics

June 12, 2014


Treatment approaches to counter adverse metabolic effects associated with the atypicals.

Introduction: Mental Health Correlates of Trauma

May 04, 2013


Over half of the population is exposed to at least one lifetime traumatic event, yet relatively few of those exposed have lasting psychiatric sequelae. As psychiatrists, we attend to the needs of those who suffer.

"Re-sensitized" to Violence in the Wake of Newtown

January 22, 2013


Newtown’s loss has finally forced us to look more deeply at violence and the treatment of mental health within our society.

Trauma and the Mind-Body Connection

June 01, 2007


Traumatic experiences are linked with a continuum of mental disorders and physical complaints. In the United States, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs in approximately 8% of adults during their lifetime, with different trauma types associated with varying rates of illness. PTSD is commonly associated with comorbid mental conditions such as depressive disorders, other anxiety disorders, impulse control disorders, and alcohol abuse.