The Thing About Mental Illness

August 18, 2016

Poetic, raw, and haunting, this young woman's description of having a psychiatric illness powerfully reveals what I believe are common, but rarely articulated, thoughts and feelings.

Comorbidity In Psychiatric Disorders: A Literature Review

January 19, 2013

A list of recent articles highlighting the complexity of psychiatric and systemic illness, both in terms of overlapping clinical presentation and in the degrees to which systemic illness and psychiatric illness affect each other.

Treatment Implications for Comorbid Diabetes Mellitus and Depression

January 18, 2013

Diabetes mellitus and depression symptoms are associated with with decreased self-care and less adherence to exercise, medications, smoking cessation, and eating a healthy diet.

The Correlation Between Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Psychiatry

July 10, 2012

Sleep-disordered breathing is common in patients with mood and anxiety disorders. This article explores the implication for practicing psychiatrists whose patients have sleep disorders.

DSM-5 in the Homestretch-1. Integrating the Coding Systems

March 08, 2012

With DSM-5 scheduled for publication a little more than a year from now, we may safely assume that, barring unannounced surprises from, say, the APA Scientific Review Committee, what we will see on the DSM-5 Web site is what we will get. With that in mind it’s time to review what we will indeed get.

Biomarkers for Mental Disorders: A Field Whose Time Has Come

November 09, 2011

Biomarkers for mental disorders is a field whose time has come. Optimists will say within a few years, pessimists might say a decade or beyond.

Antidepressants: Lifesavers-or Active Placebos?

October 05, 2011

Are antidepressants active placebos or lifesavers? Are they overprescribed? Are clinical trials of these drugs insufficient?

Debate: What’s the Evidence for the Evidence-Based Treatments of Depression?

September 09, 2011

Cognitive-behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, or antidepressants can be effective treatments for major depression-despite their minimal separation from placebo/control therapies in clinical trials. This article argues that their specific efficacy has not been established.

A Missed Opportunity

June 02, 2011

How accurate is this picture, and what explains the changing patterns of psychiatric practice? Gardiner Harris and The New York Times were near these important stories and missed them.

Grief and Depression: When Science and Terminology Get Confused

September 15, 2010

In his ongoing critique of the DSM-5 process, Dr Allen Frances started a brushfire recently in challenging the DSM-5 Mood Disorders Work Group proposal to remove the bereavement exclusion from the diagnostic criteria for a major depressive episode. Here’s a summary of the debate.