April 17, 2014

1:52 PM | MERS-CoV: The Long Road To A Pharmacological Solution
  # 8485   Three years ago, in the movie `Contagion’, a MERS-like virus (dubbed MEV-1) emerged in China and spread quickly around the globe while scientists at the CDC (and elsewhere) worked frantically to find a vaccine. Unlike most summer blockbusters, this film endeavored to portray the science as accurately as possible  (see my review here).   One area where the movie took some dramatic license was in portraying the development (and deployment) of a […]

April 13, 2014

3:47 PM | The Many Problems with the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act
We haven’t yet spoken up about the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act of 2013 (HR 3717), sponsored by Rep. Tim Murphy because we were hoping Congress would see through this less-than-subtle attempt to gut SAMHSA, coerce states to pass new forced-treatment laws (even if their citizens don’t want them), and create yet another […]

April 12, 2014

3:35 PM | Movie Review: Frankie & Alice
It’s been 57 years since The Three Faces of Eve premiered in move theaters. One of the first cinematic portrayals of serious mental illness, the movie starred Joanne Woodward. She would end up winning the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance portraying three different personalities in one individual in the film. Enter Halle […]

April 09, 2014

5:36 PM | Why I Am Against Targeting Zero Symptoms For Bipolar Disorder and Calling That Thriving
There is a new effort to promote complete remission as the goal of treatment for people with bipolar in disorder and I am fundamentaly opposed to it. I have written about the topic many times, so I will repost the article that had the most discussion: I wrote an article some time ago that I […]
5:00 PM | The 5 Stages of Change: Are You Ready to Change?
Do I need to start drinking less or am I actually ok with my current amount? I need to drink less, but not sure how. Ok I definitely need to drink less, but now I just have to lay everything... Read More ›

April 08, 2014

3:39 PM | Track Your Treatment Progress! Target Zero Symptoms to Thrive
Psych Central is pleased to be a partner with the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) in their project for April — Target Zero to Thrive. The campaign wants people to consider complete remission of your mental illness symptoms as a goal to strive toward. We think too many people involved in treatment of mental […]

April 07, 2014

3:45 PM | Ketamine Infusions Show Some Small, Limited Value in Open-Label Study
The sad state of affairs for treatment-resistant depression is that even if your treatment fails in 70 percent of the subjects you try it on, folks will still hail it as a success. So it goes with a small study of 28 patients in the UK who had severe clinical depression that didn’t respond to […]

April 04, 2014

6:07 PM | New treatments noninvasive to overcome insomnia
One of the problems of insomnia is that it becomes a circle vices where ever sleeps less, so that new solutions are welcome.

March 30, 2014

10:45 PM | The Usefulness of Collaborative Care
Many patients with mental health issues go to their primary care doctor either because they assume their symptoms are medical or simply because it is their only doctor. However, primary care doctors are not trained in mental healthcare and do not have the necessary time to address mental health concerns. How would you feel if […]
4:05 PM | Is Xanax or Klonopin Killing You?
I’ve written about the dangers of Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and other drugs in a class of drugs called ‘benzodiazepines’.  The drugs are grossly over-used by patients, and over-prescribed by psychiatrists, usually for patient complaints of anxiety. My primary concern over use of benzodiazepines is that when used to treat anxiety, they are more likely […]

March 27, 2014

3:29 PM | Botox: The new antidepressant?
Halle-freakin’-lujah! We have a couple more studies that suggest that paralyzing key facial muscles with Botox can reduce the symptoms of depression. In a recent 24-week randomized double-blind placebo-controlled study, done by Michelle Magid, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Texas, 30 participants with depressive symptoms were randomized and give injections of Botox or […]

March 26, 2014

3:45 PM | Mental Illness Across Cultures: An Interview with Gayathri Ramprasad
As much stigma as there is in American homes regarding mental illness, it’s much worse in other countries. Gayathri Ramprasad grew up in Bangalore, India, where traditional Hindu culture has no concept of depression. There was no doctor to diagnose her anxiety disorder as an adolescent girl nor medicine to treat the condition. Now, as […]

March 25, 2014

3:39 PM | $30M Trumps $15M Any Day: Why Private Industry is Putting the Federal Government to Shame
Back in mid-February, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) trumped the addition of $15 million for mental health first aid training that was passed in a $1.1 trillion spending bill. Sadly, Barber also connected the funding to helping stop future instances of mass shootings — a connection that simply has no basis in reality. But hey, at […]
12:37 AM | Blame Suboxone!
I recently came across the blog of a person who has dedicated his life to trashing buprenorphine treatment.  I won’t provide the name or link, as I don’t want to waste my own ‘page rank’ on supporting his misplaced anger.  But I suspect many readers of my blog have stumbled across that one as well, […]
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