The physician’s knowledge is almost always fragmentary and incomplete--and often, “we see through a glass, darkly.” But we must not allow these limitations to deter us from diagnosing and treating our patients to the best of our ability.
Ronald W. Pies, MD
While it is true that the intense grief of bereavement and major depressive disorder often share some features—for example, tearfulness, insomnia, low mood, and decreased appetite—there are many substantive differences.
The ethical aim of psychiatry is the relief of suffering and incapacity.
When critics of psychiatric diagnosis insist that terms like “schizophrenia” or “bipolar disorder” are inherently stigmatizing, they are unwittingly perpetuating the very prejudice they wish to end. It is time to shine a bright light on this self-fulfilling prophecy.
There are several reasons for taking the ketamine findings with a substantial grain of salt.
Panic attacks are nearly always pathological and disordered states, even when they occur in an understandable context.
The DSM-5 will eliminate the bereavement exclusion in the diagnosis of major depressive disorder for 2 main reasons.
If we, as a people, continue to sacrifice genuine security for a false sense of freedom, we shall find ourselves in a nation neither secure nor free.
Dr Thomas Szasz dies at 92.
The side effect of persons with psychiatric illness like bipolar disorder going off medication can be destructive. This patient had been in trouble with the local police, who saw her as a troublemaker and a menace.