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It’s Time for a Single-Payer Healthcare System

FIXCapitalism | Posted 03.25.2017 | Politics
FIXCapitalism

We have had “Obamacare” and now the Republicans have fallen short in replacing it with “Ryancare” (a.k.a. “Trumpcare”). Both plans have th...

To App or Not to App: Psychiatrists Issue Landmark Guidelines

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 02.13.2017 | Technology
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

In a landmark act of medical leadership, the American Psychiatric Association in January released guidelines to help patients and their clinicians eva...

How Will A More Conservative Supreme Court Address LGBTQ Rights? Look To History

Geoffrey R. Stone | Posted 02.11.2017 | Politics
Geoffrey R. Stone

With the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States instead of Chief Judge Merrick Garland, and with the poss...

Postpartum Depression Is Fundamentally Different From Other Mood Disorders

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 01.27.2017 | Healthy Living

As many as 1 in 5 new mothers will suffer from severe depression or anxiety after giving birth, and a woman is significantly more likely to suffer fro...

Trump and Narcissistic Personality Disorder

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.12.2017 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Take away all the 'other' labels of Donald Trump - such as racist, bigot, fear monger, elitist or fascist - which are in and of themselves hard to fat...

Fountain House Symposium Looks for Answers to Suicide

Jim Luce | Posted 05.24.2016 | Healthy Living
Jim Luce

This year's Fountain House Symposium and Luncheon took on a formidable subject. Titled "Suicide: Looking for Answers," the event recently drew more th...

Are Apps the Future of Psychiatry?

Dora Calott Wang, M.D. | Posted 05.24.2016 | Technology
Dora Calott Wang, M.D.

Can apps be a new way to cure mental disorders? Not yet, according to psychiatrists who spoke at the annual American Psychiatric Association con...

'Drag Queen' Is Not a Mental Disorder

Domenick Scudera | Posted 05.12.2016 | Queer Voices
Domenick Scudera

When people like Roy Moore want us to believe drag queens are disordered, these gals remind us that drag is strength, drag is courage, drag is tenacity. When you hold our community down, drag can be loud and effective in making change.

Diagnostic & Statistical Manual as Political Guidebook

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I am deeply concerned about our country's ability to attract new and fresh talent, whom I believe may be the only ones who can rescue our nation from the political cynicism and malaise, and heal the political scars and deep divisions. Possibly the current crisis has had the effect of motivating some to do exactly that.

Can DSM-5 Correct Its Mistakes? I Say No, DSM-5 Says Yes

Allen Frances | Posted 03.02.2017 | Science
Allen Frances

It is now almost three years since DSM-5 was published; time enough to judge whether it is living up to the promise that it would be a self correcting, "living document." To its credit, APA did establish a mechanism to identify DSM-5 errors and to correct them.

A Tribute to Robert Spitzer, the Most Influential Psychiatrist of His Time

Allen Frances | Posted 01.08.2017 | Queer Voices
Allen Frances

There is an ongoing debate whether the flow of history is pushed forward more by ineluctable forces or by the prominent people who represent them. I u...

Gun Control Debate: A View from Hoplophiliaville

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 10.12.2016 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Most clear thinking people understand that "hoplophobia" itself is an irrational term since there is nothing "irrational" about fearing that one could be listed among the 10,000+ gun-related homicides each year in the U.S., many perpetrated by people who purchased firearms legally.

Torture, Psychology and the Real APA

David Moshman | Posted 08.10.2016 | Politics
David Moshman

Once psychologists used their knowledge of human behavior to understand, help and heal. Now psychologists were using their expertise to destroy the fundamental psychological integrity of people held captive outside the criminal justice system.

Germany Wins the Title of 'Bordello of Europe': Why Doesn't Angela Merkel Care?

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 05.27.2016 | Home
Taina Bien-Aime

In 2002, Germany decriminalized prostitution, reportedly due to pressure by the sex trade lobby and a few brothel managers who petitioned the government. This law effectively rendered the prostitution industry a legitimate business. Today, this experiment is failing.

Book Review: Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform

DJ Jaffe | Posted 06.24.2015 | Home
DJ Jaffe

Psychiatry Under the Influence: Institutional Corruption, Social Injury, and Prescriptions for Reform by Robert Whitaker and Lisa Cosgrove aspires to be an important book, but is a misleading one that covers little new ground.

Is Psychiatry Getting Kinky?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 06.20.2015 | Healthy Living
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

So slip into those tight leather jeans. That dog collar would look fetching. Add a piercing in a place your mother wouldn't imagine. Or take your l...

The Way We Talk About Mental Illness Needs To Change

The Huffington Post | Erin Schumaker | Posted 10.01.2015 | Healthy Living

Research by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy shows the loaded words used to describe drug addiction, such as "clean" vs. "dirty...

Book Review: Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry (and Antipsychiatry) Gets Told

DJ Jaffe | Posted 05.25.2015 | Home
DJ Jaffe

Shrinks: The Untold Story of Psychiatry does a good job at criticizing both antipsychiatry and psychiatry. That's a worthy first and well worth reading.

Trigger Warnings and Twitter Wars

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Students are seen as fragile flowers who must be protected from views that might offend them. This is an assault on learning, and those of us who are not professional victims need to fight it.

Americans Are More Stressed About Money Than Anything Else

The Huffington Post | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 02.04.2015 | Healthy Living

The economy may be improving, but finances are still a stressful burden on Americans -- especially among young adults and parents, according to the Am...

Join the Fight to Outlaw Conversion/Reparative Therapy Today

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

The time has come for the entire LGBT community and our allies to join this fight. It is about us. It is a simple fact that no one can or should try to change who we are. Whether we were born gay or lesbian, or whether we were assigned "male" or "female" at birth only to realize that our gender identity doesn't match, no one else should have the right to try to have us changed.

Police Killed Tamir Rice At a Playground: Do Safe Spaces for Black Children Exist?

Janessa E. Robinson | Posted 03.07.2015 | Black Voices
Janessa E. Robinson

Black children are not afforded the privilege of engaging in normal child-like behavior because black bodies are characterized with unwarranted threat.

3 Startling Facts About Mental Illness Stigma and 3 Ways You Can Fight It

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 02.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

The more we talk about mental illness the same way we talk about physical illness the faster the perception and stigma will change. Your story, or a loved one who has had a victory over mental illness or addiction can inspire others.

How a Psychiatrist Treats Depression: A Peek Behind the Curtain

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 01.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

If you are suffering from depression, or know someone who is, my goal of writing these articles on depression is to spread a message of hope. Psychiatry is a field of medicine that specifically focuses on diseases of the mind including depression. Even a single consultation can help to clarify the diagnosis, treatment options and can begin the healing process.

Evangelism as Therapy

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Encountering the Family Research Council's Peter Sprigg in the D.C. Council Chambers on June 27 took me back five years to our battles over the District's marriage equality bill. This time it was a hearing on a bill to prohibit conversion therapy for minors.