Essential Reads

Will Trump’s Immigration Policies Create Child Terrorists?

By Jack Turban on April 25, 2017 in Political Minds
Research suggests that policies and rhetoric targeting Muslim majority nations may backfire by creating child terrorists.
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Shrinks Define Dangers of Trump Presidency

By Hara Estroff Marano on April 20, 2017 in Brainstorm
At a conference at Yale, psychiatrists and psychologists begin carving out a new role to combat the gaslighting of America by Donald Trump.

Some Differences Between Traditional and New Therapies

By Stefan G. Hofmann Ph.D. on April 20, 2017 in New Therapies
What is the future of psychoanalysis? Is there one?

Does Legalized Marijuana Result in More Teen Use?

Dueling data about whether or not legal marijuana increases teen use has led to a lot of confusion and scientific cherry picking.

More Posts on Psychiatry

Mad in America—Let Me Count the Ways

Can we de-medicalize misery and suffering? Many are trying, including award-winning journalist Robert Whitaker.

Enough Is Enough Series, Part 6: LSD Reconsidered

Psychiatry is considering using LSD to treat psychiatric conditions. An extremely bad idea.

Time for a Better Approach to Alzheimer’s Treatments

Alzheimer’s can be prevented and mild cognitive impairment can be reversed by addressing these factors in at-risk individuals. Science has moved past the “one-pill-for-every-ill”.

Treating Depression by Training Your Amygdala

A recent study indicates that increasing activity in the amygdala during positive memory retrieval can have a strong antidepressant effect in depressed individuals.

Physician Health 101

It is estimated that a doctor a day dies by suicide in the United States. There is a lot we can do to fight this.

Is Prescribing a Placebo the Same as Lying?

By Joseph A. Shrand M.D. on April 18, 2017 in The I-M Approach
Is it ever OK to lie? The placebo response is well known. But prescribing a placebo borders on unethical in our age of informed consent. But are placebos happening all the time?
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Which Is "Crazier?"

How does a forensic psychologist tease out the mind of a criminal defendant at the time he committed it? Debunking one myth - and investigating one source - at a time.

How Can We Help a Person to Overcome Chronic Guilt?

By Susan Rako M.D. on April 17, 2017 in More Light
When your patient is suffering from chronic guilt, could it be that something else is really at issue?

A Letter to Stanford: Radical Vulnerability

"It's terrifying and unacceptable how common this narrative is, but together, we can put an end to it."
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What Makes the Human Brain “Human?” Part 1

A quick introduction to some possible anatomical underpinnings of higher consciousness in humans and other animals.

Can We Talk About Sex on Campus?

By Marcia Morris M.D. on April 15, 2017 in College Wellness
Sex is one of the toughest topics to talk about with your college-aged children, but also one of the most important.

New Drug Valbenazine Approved by FDA for Tardive Dyskinesia

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 13, 2017 in Psych Unseen
What is tardive dyskinesia and who should take this new medication?

Diagnoses: Harmful or Helpful?

Mental illness can tell us what's wrong with a person, with parenting, with a culture, and with society. It's bio/psycho/social. Let's learn fully about ourselves from it.

Zombie Outbreak!? "Spice" and the Synthetic Cannabinoids

By Joe Pierre M.D. on April 12, 2017 in Psych Unseen
Synthetic cannabinoids in "Spice" products have been responsible for "zombie outbreaks" across the country. Should parents be concerned?

Emerging Methods for Assessing Causes of Depressed Mood

Conventional approaches to identify the causes of depressed mood are limited. Emerging assessment approaches are shedding new light on treatable causes of depression.

The Tipping Point Toward Mental Health

By Julie K. Hersh on April 06, 2017 in Struck By Living
Dr. Madhukar Trivedi and Dr. Vikram Patel suggest a change in mental health care to promote early detection and better treatment and ensure longer-term wellness.

Top Pacific Heart Stories of 2016-2017

The most popular posts of 2016-2017 in The Pacific Heart!

What's Your Omega-3 IQ? A Fun Quiz for a Healthier Brain!

By Georgia Ede MD on March 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Find out which foods are secretly sabotaging your best efforts to balance your brain chemistry.

Put Your Omega-3 Supplement to the Test

By Georgia Ede MD on March 31, 2017 in Diagnosis: Diet
Test your knowledge about Omega-3 supplements to see if you are throwing your money away!

Of Spring, Sex, and Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Mark Borigini M.D. on March 31, 2017 in Overcoming Pain
Something just as crippling as an infection, also transmitted sexually.

Child Abuse and Neglect: Why Prevention Is Important

Facts and resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Why are Females Prone to Mass Hysteria?

By Robert Bartholomew Ph.D. on March 31, 2017 in It's Catching
Mass hysteria is an overwhelmingly female condition. But why?

The Loneliness of the Secret Spot

By Greg Dillon M.D. on March 27, 2017 in Surf-Head
Is the guilty pleasure of your secret spot not quite cutting it? Maybe it's time to evolve...

Diabetes Risk and the Early Stages of Schizophrenia

People with schizophrenia are at higher risk for developing diabetes.

Remembering R.D. Laing

A brilliant man that the world has sorely missed for 28 years.

A Lost Opportunity for Mental Health Reform?

We don't let persons with Alzheimer’s leave the nursing home and wander the streets. Then, why do we allow persons with mental illness to refuse treatment and live under a bridge?

Machine Learning and Antidepressant Response

By David Hellerstein M.D. on March 14, 2017 in Heal Your Brain
Machine learning offers a powerful new method of exploring response to antidepressant medicine and a host of other treatments throughout medicine, a JAMA Psychiatry report shows.
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Evolutionary Psychology Applies to Everyone

Can understanding our evolutionary history help us better function in the contemporary environment? Absolutely!

Long-Term Use of ADHD Medications May Suppress Adult Height

Extended long-term use of medications to treat ADHD is associated with suppression of adult height by age 25, according to a new longitudinal study.

Why Donald J. Trump is Unfit to be President

By Suzanne Lachmann Psy.D. on March 10, 2017 in Me Before We
Donald J. Trump's distorted thinking and impulsive behavior, combined with his fixation on his own importance, directly imperils our safety as citizens of the United States.