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Preventive Psychiatry

The Observing Self: A Tool Essential to Save Ourselves and Our Planet

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

It is the observing self that grants us a sense of "agency" with the capacity to change ourselves and our world.

Stigmatizing and Shunning the Severely Ill

Allen Frances | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Our fairly recent reliance on prisons and homelessness as solutions to mental illness was the common fashion 200 years ago but now seems anachronistic and indecent in a society that has the tools and can afford to do much better.

Psychosis Risk Syndrome Is Back To Haunt Us

Allen Frances | Posted 01.26.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

Preventing psychosis would be a great idea if we could really do it; but there is no reason to think we can. And reaching beyond our grasp is likely to harm those we hoped to help.

Medical Specialists Will Try to Reduce Excessive Diagnostic Testing

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

The new initiative by nine medical specialty groups to reduce unneeded diagnostic testing and treatment recognizes that many medical tests and procedures are not only wasteful, but also cause more harm than good.

Preventive Psychiatry Can Be Bad for Our Health

Allen Frances | Posted 10.31.2012 | Healthy Living
Allen Frances

Preventive psychiatry may someday be of significant service in reducing the burden of human suffering -- but only if it can be done really well. And the sad truth is that we don't yet have the necessary tools.