Eliciting the Phenomenon of Schizophrenia From an Autobiographical NarrativeAugust 28th 2012
In spite of a chronic mental illness (schizophrenia)and a psyche that increasingly blurred the boundaries between fantasy and reality, this lawyer and professor graduated from Vanderbilt with a perfect academic record.
Psychiatric Symptoms Can Be Understood Even When These Symptoms Cannot Be ExplainedJuly 16th 2010
What is transparent to one person may be opaque to another. It is clear to me that before symptoms can be used to make a valid psychiatric diagnosis the meaning and context of these symptoms must be taken into account. Many clinicians do not see it that way. Neither did the DSM-III and its subsequent editions.
Pathological Anger, Existentially SpeakingMay 27th 2009
Anger is an emotion that is familiar to everyone. An episode of anger may dissipate quickly and harmlessly or evolve into a murderous rage. Between the benign and malignant end points in this spectrum, a seething, chronic anger may come to dominate a person’s thinking, feeling, and behavior.
A Patient with Dissociative Identity Disorder 'Switches' in the Emergency RoomAugust 25th 2006
Many highly regarded clinicians have built careers working with patients they believe to have dissociative identity disorder (DID). Other distinguished practitioners consider DID to be a bogus diagnostic tag.
To Understand Depression, Look to Psychobiology, Not BiopsychiatryAugust 1st 2003
Rather than looking at the biological basis for depression, it may be more useful to look at the patient's worldview and how that may have primed them for depression. Examining events that took place in the patient's past lead to a solution to their current depression.
A Patient With Panic Disorder Abetted by a Dependent PersonalityNovember 1st 1999
By the time I interviewed Robyn in the emergency room, her panic attack had all but passed. But this 21-year-old woman was still shaken and tearful. This was her first panic attack, and she did not know what hit her. She thought she was having a heart attack. She had a tight feeling in her chest, she was hyperventilating. Her fingers and feet were numb and tingling. She experienced what she called a "closing in feeling." Robyn thought she was going to die.