Introduction: More Dives and Intellectual Jujitsu
An overview of the DSM diagnostic system, the medicalization of normal variants of human behavior, and physician-assisted suicide.
Medical Marijuana and Mental Health: Cannabis Use in Psychiatric Practice
Here's why psychiatrists and other mental health professionals need to understand the relationship between cannabis and mental disorders.
Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?
This article speaks to the care with which ADHD must be diagnosed and managed to reduce the significant negative impact of the disorder on the individual, family, and society.
From “Delete Your Account” to “Delete Yourself”: Legislated Suicide and the Role of Psychiatry
Physician-assisted suicide is now legal in several states. But none of the state statues mandates a mental health evaluation by a psychiatrist or psychologist before the writing of a lethal prescription by an attending physician.
My patient allowed me a glimpse into the suicidal mind. And, in that way, she taught me a lot.
Metabolic Monitoring of Antipsychotic Medications: What Psychiatrists Need to Know
Because patients who have psychiatric illnesses typically receive less frequent medical care, psychiatrists must aim to ensure appropriate monitoring of metabolic parameters when antipsychotic medications are used.
The Quiz: Low Back Pain
A quiz to help patients mitigate the perils of low back pain.
Medically and Psychiatrically Complicated Patients
Helping patients who have significant medical illness as well as mental illness is a challenge, especially when the diagnosis is unclear. Hospital psychiatrists play a critical role in the management of these behaviorally compromised patients.
Psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists specialize in managing psychiatric effects of medical treatments and medications.
Supportive Psychotherapy in Everyday Clinical Practice: It’s Like Riding a Bicycle
Supportive psychotherapy can serve as the first bridge out of social isolation and marginalization and addresses personality issues, such as deficits in character structure and defense mechanisms.
Tardive Dyskinesia: Finally Some Good News
We’ve been waiting since 1953, the year chlorpromazine was introduced to the US as a revolutionary treatment for schizophrenia, for an active treatment for tardive dyskinesia that the FDA judged to be effective.
Med school finals, ten backpack pounds of biochem hauled for months, my epiphany: I would never know more about glucose metabolism than that morning...
Challenges and Opportunities of Caring for Refugees
Here's a close look at the psychological toll of years of trauma among Syrian refugees.
Inflammation, Immune Function, and Schizophrenia: An Overview
Current research investigates new pathophysiologic mechanisms and lays the groundwork for redefining schizophrenia based on distinct medical subclasses-which may lead to more targeted and effective treatments. Details here.
The NIMH Research Domain Criteria (RDoC): New Concepts for Mental Disorders
The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) program: how it evolved, clinical applications, and goals.
The Wandering Woman: A Pituitary Tumor
How does a pituitary result in a psychiatric emergency? Read more clues to this clinical puzzle.
Gender Inequality in Medicine: Too Much Evidence to Ignore
In psychiatry, as in every field of medicine, there is still gender disparity in salary and promotion.
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