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A Resident’s Reflections from within the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (ABPN)

Most residents have a very limited understanding of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN), and understandably so. I myself thought of the ABPN as a large, bureaucratic, governmental organization that spent most of its time siphoning money from hapless residents in order to administer board certification examinations. I was therefore surprised, and a […]

A Complicated Legal Battle Over Sumner Redstone’s Mental Acuity

The determination of the media mogul’s competence exists at a ragged intersection of psychiatry, geriatric medicine and the law.

Number Of Teens With Marijuana-Related Problems Declines, Study Shows

As more states legalize the use of marijuana, the number of teens with cannabis-related problems is declining, new research suggests. Published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, the study revealed a 24% decline in marijuana-related problems—such as becoming dependent on the drug or having trouble [...]

Study Published in JAMA Psychiatry Examines Suicide Attempt Risk Factors, Methods and Timing, Related to Deployment Among Active Duty Soldiers

Suicide attempts, like suicides, have increased in the U.S. Army over the last decade. To better understand and prevent suicidal behavior, researchers from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), the University...Show More Summary

The Early, State-Sanctioned LSD Experiments in Communist Bulgaria

Prof. Marina Boyadjieva (first row, second right) with colleagues from the Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment in Neurology and Psychiatry St. Naum in Sofia, Bulgaria. (All Photos: Jordan Todorov) LSD is usually associated with the hippie counterculture of the late 1960s. Show More Summary

Mental Health: Where Nutrition Meets Psychiatry

"Mental disorders -- major depression and anxiety in particular -- have been described as an impending global epidemic." -- Nutritional psychiatry research: an emerging discipline and its intersection with global urbanization, environmental...Show More Summary

What I learned after 41 years of practicing psychiatry

Now that I’m getting ready to turn 70, I thought I’d summarize what I’ve learned since I finished my residency, when I was 28. Of course, I didn’t learn all this only by being a psychiatrist, since I would hope that most folks have also learned lots in the last 41 years. 1. Psychotherapy is important, […]

This Study Found That Married People Are Less Likely To Become Alcoholics

A recent study by the American Journal of Psychiatry says  marriage could actually prevent alcoholism. Take  that, everyone-who-hates-on-their-friends-who-have-chosen-to-embrace-this-admittedly-antiquated-but-still-totally-right-for-a-lot-of-people-which-is-fine relationship institution!

ADHD in young adulthood examined in JAMA Psychiatry studies

Two new studies and an editorial published online by JAMA Psychiatry examine attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in young adulthood. The articles are summarized below. Many Young Adults with ADHD Did Not Have Childhood Diagnosis Among...Show More Summary

The Lancet & The Lancet Psychiatry: One-third of global burden of mental illness occurs in China and India, experts highlight ne

Burden of mental illness in China and India higher than all high-income countries combined Community engagement and collaboration with traditional and alternative medicine practitioners key to bridging mental health treatment gap A third...Show More Summary

More US patients receive multiple psychotropic medications

An increasing number of U.S. adults are being prescribed combinations of antidepressants and antipsychotic medications, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.In...Show More Summary

Stress speeds mental decline in impaired elders

Chronic stress can speed up memory decline in older people who already have some impairment in their mental function, a new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows.But being stressed doesn't appear to affect memory in older people without such impairment, Dr. Show More Summary

Are Apps the Future of Psychiatry?

Can apps be a new way to cure mental disorders? Not yet, according to psychiatrists who spoke at the annual American Psychiatric Association convention on Monday, May 16, in Atlanta, Georgia. Of approximately 40,000 smartphone health...Show More Summary

From Stanford to Syria

I'm at 401 Quarry Road, Stanford, CA. I'm at my desk in the Psychiatry Department at Stanford University School of Medicine, staring at my computer when I receive a desktop news notification: "Airstrikes destroy what's left of Aleppo." My...Show More Summary

Hyperthermia as an Antidepressant?

Getting warm has a dramatic antidepressant effect, according to a new report published in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry. But is it hot science or a hot mess? The researchers, led by Clemens Janssen of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studied 29 people with depression who were not receiving any other treatments. Show More Summary

Best and Worst in Psychology & Psychiatry – April 2016

This month we are going meta — meta-analysis, that is. Meta-analyses are powerful statistical studies that combine the results of multiple studies in order to be more confident in the results and effect sizes, and can help resolve uncertainty when studies have conflicting results. Although pooling data from multiple studies doesn’t come without problems and […]

When the physical world is unreliable

A new study out today in the journal Translational Psychiatry sheds further light on the idea that schizophrenia is a sensory disorder and that individuals with the condition are impaired in their ability to process stimuli from the outside world. The findings may also point to a new way to identify the disease at an early stage and before symptoms become acute. read more

Screening for Postpartum Depression--Research Review and Update

Mothers of new babies should undergo screening for postpartum depression--preferably across healthcare locations and at multiple times up to one year after delivery, according to a research review in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry. The journal is published by Wolters Kluwer.

Renowned Child Psychiatrist & Researcher Appointed Chair of the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone Medical Center

Renowned psychiatrist and researcher Helen L. Egger, MD, has been appointed chair of NYU Langone's Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

PPD ACT Off to a Great Start with 10,000 Women Enrolled in PPD Study

One month ago we announced the launch of PPD ACT in partnership with UNC School of Medicine, Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, MPH, director of the Perinatal Psychiatry Program at the UNC Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, and PatrickShow More Summary

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