Focusing on concerning behaviors may better assist with prevention than sensationalizing individual perpetrators’ motives.
Ronald W. Pies, MD
“Even after the Pittsburgh shootings, our ability to empathize suggests otherwise,” writes Ronald W. Pies, MD, in a commentary regarding the nature and origin of hatred.
This is not yet another philosophical discourse arguing against physician-assisted suicide. This piece is about life with dignity—even amidst its raw and ravaging agonies.
The authors discuss two fundamental misconceptions: the myth of the patient’s autonomy, and the myth of the incurability of the patient’s illness.
The thorny issue of “end-of-life care” is likely to remain controversial in the US, with physicians themselves holding a wide variety of views.
Why aren’t we Americans as happy as we should be, given all the wonderful things we have in our lives?
Labeling a (clinically unexamined) public figure as "dangerous" can do as much or more harm as promulgating a specific psychiatric diagnosis.
We can encourage more responsible media coverage of mass shootings in an effort to cut down on “copy-cat” killings. Here are 4 guidelines.
No, there is no generalized epidemic of mental illness in the US, nor credible evidence that psychiatric drugs are driving up rates or severity of mental illness. But there is an urgent need for more and better treatment of psychiatric disorders.
Six fundamental assumptions underlie the medical model most psychiatrists use in their clinical work.