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Scott Mendelson, M.D.
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Scott D. Mendelson, M.D., Ph.D. is a psychiatrist and author. He works as a Consult Liaison Psychiatrist at the Roseburg VA Medical Center in Roseburg, Oregon. His most recent work is a science fiction novel, Fietlebaum's Escape. Delicatessens in space? Who knew?

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A Roseburg Psychiatrist's Proposal to Reduce Gun Violence

(6) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:35 PM

I am a psychiatrist, and I live and work in Roseburg, Oregon, the site of the most recent act of mass murder by gun violence. We are yet again arguing over ways to reduce this senseless carnage. Some argue that we must change gun laws. Others say we must instead...

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He Who Knows Domestic Abuse Knows Human Folly

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 2:19 PM

The recent incident in which the NFL star Ray Rice punched his then fiancé, Janay Palmer, in the face in an elevator has forced the American public to again face the ugly reality of domestic abuse. However, the puzzling fact that the woman Rice knocked unconscious stayed with him and...

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Psychologists Prescribing Medication Is a Bad Idea

(5) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 2:55 PM

The state of Illinois has now joined the states of New Mexico and Louisiana in allowing clinical psychologists the right to prescribe psychotropic medications. This new privilege comes with the requirement that psychologists take extra training to become familiar with the basics of the chemistry of the brain...

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Intestinal Flora and Mental health

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:02 PM

The size and complexity of the human brain is what separates us from lower animals. However, for several hundred million years in the early evolution of life on earth, animals did not have brains. Then, the gut was the most important and complex part of the body. The...

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The Lasting Damage of Child Abuse

(1) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 12:48 PM

The effects of childhood sexual and physical abuse last a lifetime. Abused children may grow up to be adults prone to depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and other psychiatric disorders. They are more prone to suicide. However, in recent years we have learned that abuse does more than wound...

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Need We Fear the Minds of Space Aliens?

(57) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 3:16 PM

We are not alone in the universe. Statistics alone demand that life has sprung up on other planets in our own and other galaxies. It is almost certain that some of those life forms have evolved into intelligent beings. Someday, we will meet them.

Over the last decade there...

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Mental Health and Second Amendment Fears

(6) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 11:32 AM

I am a psychiatrist, and I work at a VA hospital in the state of Oregon. I see veterans on a daily basis in our outpatient mental health clinic and acute psychiatric inpatient unit. All of the veterans I see have had extensive training in the handling of firearms. Also,...

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Conversion Disorder and Mass Hysteria

(8) Comments | Posted February 1, 2012 | 1:24 PM

Recently there has been a great deal of coverage of 12 unfortunate teenage girls from the small community of Le Roy, N.Y. These teenagers had all around the same time inexplicably begun to exhibit many of the signs of Tourette's Syndrome. They stuttered, jerked and flailed with signs...

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Does Adiponectin Cause Or Prevent Alzheimer's Dementia?

(1) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 3:39 PM

Historically, doctors have viewed fat cells as the three-toed sloths of human cell biology. They have been characterized as dumb, inert warehouses of fat. However, over the last 15 years there has been an explosion of data showing that fat cells, or what physiologists call adipocytes, are as active, complicated...

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Helicobacter Pylori and Alzheimer's

(15) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 3:23 PM

The common bacteria, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), has recently come into focus as a contributing factor in a variety of human health problems. For example, the physician and scientist Dr. Barry Marshall shared the Nobel Prize for medicine with his colleague Dr. Robin Warren in 2005 for establishing...

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Can Vitamin-like PQQ Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer's Dementia?

(2) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 5:46 PM

There is a growing epidemic of Alzheimer's dementia in our country. There are two major types of Alzheimer's dementia. One is an early onset variety. It usually begins well before the age of 65, runs in families and is strongly related to the genes inherited from parents. The other major...

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Is Prevention the Only Answer to the Alzheimer's Epidemic?

(13) Comments | Posted September 18, 2011 | 11:45 AM

Medical science is working miracles lately. At times it seems like science fiction. We are transplanting faces onto injured individuals. Patients swallow cameras that videotape their travels through the gastrointestinal tract to find growths that would otherwise remain undiscovered. Computer interfaces with the nervous system are restoring movement to those...

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Are the Primary Causes of Multiple Personality Disorder Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists?

(25) Comments | Posted January 31, 2011 | 3:55 PM

Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD), or, as it is referred to in most recent version of the manual DSM-IV, Dissociative Identity Disorder, is a genuine psychiatric disorder. However, the numbers of cases of MPD are far higher in North America than in any other part of the world. Many suspect that...

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The Future of American Mass Hysteria

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2010 | 2:30 PM

The history of mankind is marked by episodes of mass hysteria. Spurred on by fear of the Black Death, the Flagellants marched across Medieval Europe, whipping themselves in penitential frenzy with the hope that an angry God might spare them. Throughout the Middle Ages, innocent women were burned at the...

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Soldier Suicides And The Dumbing Down Of Military Mental Health Care

(21) Comments | Posted October 6, 2010 | 8:00 AM

Another sad story in the press. There have been four more suicides at Fort Hood, Texas. Military suicide numbers keep climbing. The rates of depression, PTSD and suicide are reaching startling proportions among soldiers and veterans. New programs begun by the Department of Defense and the Veterans Administration are said...

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The Unfortunate NIH Report on Alzheimer's Disease

(150) Comments | Posted May 18, 2010 | 9:00 AM

The National Institute of Health arranged for a panel to determine whether or not there is anything a person can do to reduce their risk of developing Alzheimer's Dementia. This study was recently published with the title: "Preventing Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Decline." The conclusion of the this large, 727...

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President Obama: End the Nightmares, Give Prazosin Back to Our PTSD Veterans!

(2) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 10:44 AM

In 1879, General Wililliam Tecumsah Sherman told the eager young graduates of the Michigan Military Academy, " I've been through two wars and I know. I've seen cities and homes in ashes. I've seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I...

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Dr. Jack Cassell Should Find Another Job

(49) Comments | Posted April 5, 2010 | 11:56 AM

This morning I read that Dr. Jack Cassell, a urologist practicing in Florida, placed a sign in his office window telling people who had voted for Obama to seek care "elsewhere". He was shrewd enough to tell the Orlando Sentinel that he's not turning anyone away. "That would be unethical,"...

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It Is Time to Grant the Right to Die

(61) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 1:03 PM

In our society there continues to be a controversy about the right of an individual to end their own life when living becomes emotionally and physically unbearable for them. This may be the case when a medical problem leads a person to lose everything they feel necessary to continue a...

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A Sense of Purpose In Life Reduces The Risk of Alzheimer's Dementia

(0) Comments | Posted March 8, 2010 | 10:58 AM

The United States is currently experiencing the early stages of what is expected to be an epidemic of Alzheimer's Dementia. It is predicted that the current number of cases of Alzheimer's Dementia will double by 2020, and double again by 2040. Some unfortunate individuals are born with genes that strongly...

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