Patient Violence Against Health Care Professionals It is contrary to clinical experience that a patient would want to harm a physician or allied professional who is trying to help. Nonetheless, clinicians inevitably encounter disgruntled, angry, and deranged patients. The reasons for violence inflicted against clinicians are many and varied.
Custody Disputes: The Role of the Child Psychiatrist Child psychiatrists may become involved in child custody disputes. When parents divorce and are unable to agree on custody of their children, they proceed to court to have a judge determine custody and visitation rights.
Psychodynamic-Oriented Group Therapy: A Pathway to Connection I am a passionate advocate for group therapy. In nearly 5 decades as a psychoanalytically trained psychiatrist, I have found it to be an extraordinarily effective treatment for addictive disorders. It is equally beneficial in treating persons with a range of other disorders and distresses.
Clinical Update on Bipolar Disorder: Particle or Wave? In some circumstances, light is more easily understood as particle, a photon; in other settings, light behaves more like a wave. This dual nature of light has been understood as part of a broader “complementarity” of physical phenomena for decades.1
Psychodermatology: When the Mind and Skin Interact Psychodermatology is a relatively new discipline in psychosomatic medicine. It is the interaction between mind and skin. The two disciplines are interconnected at the embryonal level through ectoderm. There is a complex interplay between skin and the neuroendocrine and immune systems.