Dysdiadochokinesia was a hard word to remember—and an impossible one to forget.
Sharon Packer, MD
Doing a review of systems wasn’t “rocket science,” as they say—but it was a classic example of medical science and of why psychiatrists are physicians first.
A review of the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and implications for psychiatry.
Her mention of gardens got me to thinking, not just about fragrant flowers but also about “symptom substitution,” an old-time favorite of behavioral psychologists. Which activities most resemble hair-pulling? Weeding, for one.
How does a pituitary result in a psychiatric emergency? Read more clues to this clinical puzzle.
What does mandated electronic prescribing have to do with that old show, Twilight Zone?
Unrelenting belief in the goodness of humankind while confronting an uncommon disease.
Today’s psychiatrists rarely have the luxury of time enjoyed by our fin-de-siècle forebears. So a few quick questions for the right patients can offer a big payoff. Here's a case in point.
Psychiatrists increasingly recognize that not all treatments for depression are created equal—but in this case, an entirely different diagnosis came to light.
The patient did not just scream for more medication—he literally rolled on the floor, ranting and raving and demanding higher doses. Some may write him off as an "addict," but this case reaffirms the value of studying medicine before practicing psychiatry or psychopharmacology.