Treater, Disability Assessor, or Forensic Expert: A Trap in Disability Claims
The treater who assumes a dual role as either disability examiner or forensic expert faces ethical risks because of the inherent binds in the roles.
Mania and Hypomania: The Latest Thinking on Duration of Episodes and Other Features
An international task force of experts in the diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder was recently convened to address concerns about DSM-5 criteria, particularly the definitions of manic episodes. The DSM’s duration criteria is an area of concern.
The End of Human Civilization
A radical and urgent perspective about the realities of climate change.
Transit: Already in Hell
Christian Pitzold’s haunting 2019 film, based on Anna Seghel’s masterful 1942 novel.
Will the Photobiomodulation Trial Be the One to Turn the Tide Against Alzheimer Disease?
In light of recent failed trials, why would another trial by a small Canadian company be expected to succeed against the odds?
What Do Mass Murderers Have in Common?
It’s not mental illness.
“Off Label” Does Not Mean “Off Limits”
Practicing clinical medicine is challenging and stressful enough without the additional burden of being handcuffed by ever-changing medication formularies.
Complementary and Alternative Treatments for ADHD: What the Evidence Suggests
Recent surveys suggest that 7% to 8% of children and 4% to 5% of adults meet ADHD criteria. This CME article provide an understanding of the evidence for the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) treatments for ADHD.
6 Ways to Protect the Kidneys While Prescribing Lithium
Bipolar disorder itself is a risk factor for renal impairment, and myths abound about lithium’s effect on the kidneys. Here are tips to mitigate potential damage.
The Opioid Epidemic Settlements: Who Will Benefit?
Judgements and settlements are starting in Oklahoma against various pharmaceutical companies for their alleged roles in that state’s opioid crisis. Who would be the beneficiaries of these funds?
Brain Glucose, Insulin Resistance, and Memory in Schizophrenia
Memory impairments have been shown to compromise quality of life in patients with schizophrenia. Findings from a recent study show that insulin resistance may be an underlying cause of memory loss in this population.
The Martial Personality and the Decline of Communal Values
Is an ancient, conflict-loving personality archetype undermining our pro-social values?
Dungeons and Back Alleys: The Fate of the Mentally Ill in America
The “deinstitionalization” movement was meant to correct a stream of neglected patients, a demoralized and disengaged staff, and disappearing doctors. That didn't happen.
Durkheim believed it was useless to prohibit newspapers from publishing stories of the ultimate act of self-harm. But he was wrong.
Conversations in Critical Psychiatry: Allen Frances, MD
A series aimed at engaging prominent individuals who have made meaningful criticisms of psychiatry and have offered constructive alternative perspectives. First interview: Allen Frances, MD, Chair of the DSM-IV Task Force.
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