Couch in Crisis

When Oaths Are Broken: A Call to Action

August 12, 2020

The medical community must examine how and what we can do to welcome and serve the black and brown communities that may view us as the authority they dare not call.

Dismantle Racism in Psychiatry & Society

August 11, 2020

Psychiatrists should be experts at hearing and seeing what is not visible. That is exactly what we need to do to let the sun shine through the racist dust.

My Wow and Awesome Responses While Reading the Psychiatric Literature

August 10, 2020

Reflections on the current psychiatric literature as well as the many accomplishments psychiatry has seen since the 1950s.

The Glass Is Half Full

August 07, 2020

With everything going on in the world, this lesson has become abundantly clear—our attitudes will help us ride the ups and downs and the slings and arrows that present themselves and propel us to better times.

Minefields and Med-Checks: Getting to the Right Questions

August 06, 2020

Sometimes our best intentions lead us down the wrong road. By reconsidering a few seemingly harmless questions, this psychiatrist was able to make the most of his medication-check visits with his patients.

COVID-19: Has the Mortality Rate Declined?

August 06, 2020

New data and an intriguing case example suggest the mortality rate may be decreasing. What does this mean for the days ahead?

Psychoanalysis and the Re-Enchantment of Psychiatry: Jonathan Shedler, PhD

July 29, 2020

In this interview, Dr Aftab and Dr Shedler discuss the relationship between the psychoanalytic worldview and the medical model, and they reexamine the role of psychodynamic psychotherapy in contemporary psychiatry and psychology.

Psychological and Spiritual Reflections on the COVID-19 Pandemic

July 23, 2020

For some patients, quarantine and isolation may generate feelings of uncertainty. It is important to use accurate terminology, since the words we use and how we think shape our being and responses.

The Cost of Silence on Racism: A Dialogue

July 21, 2020

An early career psychiatrist and resident psychiatrist reflect on their racialized experiences in predominantly white spaces and the impact on their lives.

The Many Histories of Biological Psychiatry: Anne Harrington, DPhil

July 20, 2020

An interview with Dr Anne Harrington, who offers a stimulating and thought-provoking historical perspective on the evolution of biological psychiatry from the German histopathologists to the present time in her recent book.