Forensic Psychiatry

Challenges and Strategies in Foster Care

May 15, 2020

In honor of National Foster Care Month, this article sheds light on these issues and provides information for psychiatrists caring for this vulnerable population.

Weaving Beauty Into the Tapestry of the Pandemic

April 30, 2020

The cure should not be worse than the disease; so must we be cautious about our response to COVID-19. More in this video with Harold J. Bursztajn, MD.

The Boundary I Wish I Hadn't Kept

April 02, 2020

“I met Talia almost 20 years ago. It wasn’t the usual doctor-patient relationship formed in the setting of an outpatient clinic or general inpatient hospital.”

Panic and Pandemics: The Return of the Absurd

March 30, 2020

We often push thoughts of death far out of our awareness, but at the present time they unavoidably re-emerge. Can we learn something helpful from this?

Assassins in London and Washington Force Changes in the Insanity Defense

March 26, 2020

Across the centuries, March has been an eventful month for the insanity defense on both sides of the Atlantic, and the McNaughten rule remains the prevalent standard to this day.

News Headline: “Psychiatrist, Three Accusers Settle Out of Court”

March 23, 2020

Not that long ago I read a news story about three women who had reported that the psychiatrist treating them had insisted on sex.

Treatment and Prevention of Parental Alienation

March 12, 2020

When parents take steps to end their marriages, the default arrangement for children should be shared parenting. Psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, lawyers, and judges can help parents avoid irreparable harm.

Psychiatric Malpractice Grand Rounds: Addiction Psychiatry

February 25, 2020

James L. Knoll IV, MD, analyzes the ethical and legal duties of psychiatrists treating substance use disorders.

A Rock and a Hard Place

February 25, 2020

The costs, risks, and considerations involved in treating addiction have upped the ante, as illustrated in this case.

Cruel, Immoral Behavior Is Not Mental Illness

February 24, 2020

How can a human being commit such acts without being under the influence of some powerful “alien” force? How can they not be "mentally ill"? Here's how.