Lessons From a Decades-Old Case of Zebra Diagnosis in an African American Veteran
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Making Sense of The Sixth Sense—So Many Years Later
A psychiatrist looks back at a case with a surprising parallel to the 1999 film.
You may have heard of Thanksgivukkah—but here is a new American-Jewish tradition for consideration.
Psychiatrists Are Physicians First
Here’s why this is important.
Red, White, Blue, and Black: A Zebra Diagnosis in an African American Vet
Comparing our contemporary concerns to lessons learned from a clinical case involving a patient from almost 50 years ago.
A Matter of Life and Death: When Abortion Wars Should Not Be Fought
A psychiatrist reflects on how we can educate patients about avoiding alcohol misuse without getting caught up in polemics on politics.
Because the Sun Doesn’t Shine in Soho
Psychiatrists are physicians first. This case demonstrates why that’s important.
Should a Psychiatrist Say Kaddish for Her Patient?
Can religion provide boundaries that extend beyond those of clinical psychiatry?
Wordsworth, Wildflowers, and a Simple Prelude to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
How have William Wordsworth's ideas about creative visualization influenced cognitive behavioral therapy in contemporary psychiatry?
“My Life Today is Wonderful. I Believe that I Am Needed.”
Reflections from the Russo-Ukrainian war and the importance of being needed.
Weeds, Wildflowers, and Wordsworth
What do these have to do with CBT, creative visualization, and contemporary psychiatry?
We Refuse to Hate
The recent hostage situation at a synagogue in Texas in indicative of a larger underlying problem.
Lessons From my Garden About Patient Care
Different flowers need different levels of light, water, and shade. What would it mean to treat patients with a similar amount of care?
An Interfaith Psychiatrist Prescription for Middle East Peace
A cease fire is welcome, but a far cry from what we want to achieve—lasting Middle East peace.
The Other Side of the COVID-19 Crisis: The Silent, Socially Phobic Minority
Patients who are report social phobia are unlikely to speak out for themselves. For them, confrontations with their boss or coworkers are even worse than water-cooler conversations. That is where psychiatrists can help.
Demons, Dybbuks, and Other Psychic Maladies
High (and low) points in the history of mind sciences can be explored through folklore.
Never Forget the Fine Print: From Fertility Rites to “Miracle Med”
As physicians first, psychiatrists must consider the big picture, without reflexive and thoughtless prescriptions for psychotropics—even if many, including medical professionals, assume that is all we do.
Of Personas and Perfection—and Physician Suicide
As typically happens in the aftermath of suicide—years or even decades later—we wonder what we could have said or should have seen.
Skip the Quarantini, Start with Quaran-Tea Time
Social distancing and virtual happy hours may tempt you to reach for the alcohol. Dr Packer explains why tea is a better alternative.
The Joy of Daffodils
Wordsworth showed us stress and anxiety can be combatted with simple joys, like flowers. Dr Packer elaborates further.
Sleep Hygiene Tips to Prevent Insomnia
Refreshed sleep can be tough even during normal times. With up to 30% of Americans experiencing sleep problems, here are guidelines to a better night’s sleep.
Ditch the Quarantini: Healthy Options for Psychological Well-Being
Virtual happy hours abound, but this is also quite worrisome, especially for those struggling with alcohol and substance use. Alternative solutions are offered in this video.
Tele-Teatime During the Quarantine
At a time when preserving public health is our highest priority, why would we want to encourage excessive alcohol use among the vulnerable?
Wordsworth's Wisdom During Troubled Times
It’s been tornados, volcanoes, epidemics, and more. Now we have COVID-19; is the coronavirus here to stay?
Amaryllis as an Antidote for Winter Woes
We often hear about seasonal affective disorder, but we don’t talk much about “winter woes.” Amaryllis offers something for everyone, for it encourages celebrations on many occasions, over as many months.
The Piccolo Player and His Last Tragic Tune
Dysdiadochokinesia was a hard word to remember-and an impossible one to forget.
Things Are Seldom What They Seem
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.
Lessons Learned From Mental Health Portrayals in Video Games
A review of the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and implications for psychiatry.
Taming Trichotillomania While Weeding the Garden
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.
The Wandering Woman: A Pituitary Tumor
How does a pituitary result in a psychiatric emergency? Read more clues to this clinical puzzle.
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