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What? A Lawyer Wants Therapy Records?

Many a psychologist has been confronted by the ever-present confusion that seems to take place when patient files are requested as part of a legal proceeding. This confusion frequently leads to a variety of questions that revolve around issues of whether these requests mandate...
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Podcast on Bath Salts: Not for Human Consumption

Bath salts and herbal incense—synthetic legal intoxicating drugs (so-called SLIDs)—have become the focus of grim national headlines lately. According to James Knoll, MD, forensic psychiatrist and Editor in Chief of Psychiatric Times, these substances have potentially serious adverse effects—including acute psychosis, delirium, violent behavior,...
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Shadow: A Blow So Appalling

Here’s why it is painful to see a man cry: he’s not supposed to. Emotions are arresting when society tells us they should not be expressed. In the case of a grown man crying, there are some thousands of years of cultural training laying...
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Ethics, Psychiatry, and End-of-Life Issues

At the end of life, psychiatrists are often asked to assess a patient’s capacity to refuse treatment, but the role of the psychiatrist in this situation is much broader. Even when a person’s mental capacity is not at issue, subtle and not-so-subtle psychological forces...
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