Introduction: Cognition, Rarely Discussed
What effects do illness and treatment have on cognition? Here's a deep dive.
Lithium Therapy, Bipolar Disorder- and Neurocognition
Functional mood stability can be attained with lithium therapy, but guidelines on how to get there have become increasingly sophisticated.
Cognitive Enhancers in Children and Adolescents: What Psychiatrists Need to Know
Personal enhancements (eg, cosmetic surgery) have gained societal acceptance, but cognitive enhancement poses significant ethical, philosophical, and sociopolitical issues.
To Google or Not to Google? Is “Patient-Targeted” Googling Ethical?
How would you handle information about a patient obtained from an Internet search? Take the quiz.
Opioid Analgesics: The Myths-and the Facts
The overprescription of opioid analgesics has resulted in the growing use of heroin. Right?
Medical Marijuana and Dementia-Associated Agitation: Stirring the Pot
“Doctor, will you prescribe medical marijuana for my mother? I think it might help her agitation better than the medication you gave her last visit.”
Eight Enemies of Good Writing for the Lay Reader
It’s too bad that so many experts-in medicine and in other professions-can’t write for a lay audience. Here's some help.
A Coin Flip
But what if the patient was lying? It's hard to go to sleep at night and not wonder, “. . . what if I'm wrong?”
Committed: The Battle Over Involuntary Psychiatric Care
Here's a review of a book about involuntary psychiatric commitment-- a major source of controversy when the public tries to understand who psychiatrists are and what we do.
An Update on Melancholia
Functional vs structural; melancholic vs non-melancholic; and hierarchy of treatment are the focus.
Take Two Pills and ...
It's not about the specifics of preliminary studies about psilocybin. It's about the validation of research using psychedelic drugs in modern psychiatry.
After your exams, after your diploma, after all the nights on call, missed dinners and diagnoses, after your apologies...
Building a Better Older Brain
There is no magic pill or fountain of youth that can build a better older brain, but there are several key strategies.
Deborah Danner and the Suffering of Schizophrenia
The nightmarish reality of psychosis is vividly detailed by Deborah Danner, a woman with self-described schizophrenia, recently shot to death by a New York City policeman.
Maintenance of Certification and Self-Mortification
Health care and medical education must march ever onward-although recently there has been a growing uprising among the ranks of experienced physicians.
Health Technology for Relapse Prevention in Schizophrenia
A “high-tech” approach to relapse prevention in patients with schizophrenia.
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