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A History of Psychiatry
Mark L. Ruffalo D.Psa., L.C.S.W.
The rich and fascinating history of psychiatry's most effective drug.
Refuting the recent article claiming that psychiatric diagnosis is "scientifically meaningless."
Ronald W. Pies and Mark L. Ruffalo refute the recent article claiming that psychiatric diagnosis is "scientifically meaningless."
What does modern psychiatry tell us about Freud's most famous patient?
A recent English study concluded that psychiatric diagnosis is scientifically meaningless. Here's why it's wrong.
For years, psychiatrists and therapists distinguished between reactive and endogenous depressions. Is it time we reconsider these concepts?
The American mental health system is broken, and patients are paying the price.
While others are frequently credited with the removal of homosexuality from DSM, it was psychiatrist Thomas Szasz who first opposed the medicalization of homosexuality.
A pioneer in lithium treatment, Ronald Fieve reminds us of the necessity, in many cases, of a medical-biological psychiatry that works alongside psychotherapy.
Psychiatry does not, and should not, recognize sex addiction as a legitimate diagnosis, despite its recent popularity.
Thomas Szasz was one of the most influential psychiatrists of the 20th century. Now, a new book reviews his life's work.
Popular media has been flooded with articles on the supposed dangers and ineffectiveness of psychiatric medication. But what does history teach us?
Once considered for inclusion in DSM, masochistic personality has a long history in psychiatry and may still have clinical applicability.
The 2012 Pittsburgh shooting reminds us of the urgent need to fix our broken mental health care system.
A chance personal encounter with one of the first patients ever treated with Thorazine.
Electroconvulsive therapy represents one of psychiatry's most effective treatments—yet its use is widely stigmatized and misunderstood.
With yet another mass shooting, what is to blame for America’s epidemic of gun violence?
For years, psychotherapists have avoided treating schizophrenia. However, clinical observation and recent research indicate it is an important component of treatment.
It is time we focus once again on the psychotherapy and psychoanalytic understanding of narcissistic personality disorder.
A new book chronicles the discovery and introduction of lithium carbonate, one of the most effective treatments in all of psychiatry.
Despite assertions by antipsychiatry critics that mental illness is a myth, psychiatric medicine is on firm philosophical ground.
Narcissism is not "despicable" or "evil," but rather a severe disorder of personality that is both impairing and distressing.
Silvano Arieti was an Italian-born psychiatrist best known for his work on schizophrenia. Modern psychiatry would be wise to review his vast contributions.
The concept of neurodiversity is in vogue, but a careful examination of its basic tenets reveals its unsubstantiated claims and harmful implications.
The massive state hospitals of 19th and 20th century psychiatry are an indispensable piece of American history.
The claim that "mental illness" is merely a metaphor or figure of speech is common in anti-psychiatry circles. But does it stand up to philosophical scrutiny?
Changes in the face of psychiatry have led to a near disappearance of psychotherapy from the discipline.
Champion of lithium therapy and originator of the bipolar II disorder diagnosis, Ronald Fieve, M.D., (1930-2018), left his lasting mark on American psychiatry.
Thomas Szasz forever changed American psychiatry, but were his views on mental illness logical?
Perhaps the most puzzling of all psychiatric conditions, conversion disorder, is rich in history and offers a model for psychoanalytic conceptualization.
Mark L. Ruffalo, D.Psa., L.C.S.W., is a psychotherapist in Tampa. He serves as an instructor of psychiatry and social work at several academic institutions in Florida.