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The War on Psychiatric Diagnosis

One of the first psychotic patients I treated during my residency was a middle-aged man who was burrowing through the wall of his room. Yes, I mean “burrowing,” as in using his bleeding hands, fists and finger nails to tear through the flimsy plaster and...
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I Had a Normal Childhood

In my work as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, it is not unusual for a patient to tell me that he or she had a normal childhood. This always alarms me. Childhood has so many conflicts and worries, so many triumphs and disappointments—how can one...
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Can Your Older Patient Drive Safely?

Approximately 22 million older adults (78%) have valid drivers’ licenses, and the number will grow until 2029 as the baby boomer generation This dramatic change in demographics will be reflected in the driving population, so there will be a greater need for cost-effective...
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Comorbid Movement and Psychiatric Disorders

Movement and psychiatric disorders are frequently comorbid. When they are, movement abnormalities and psychiatric symptoms often overlap and exacerbate one another. For example, in depressed patients with Parkinson disease (PD), bradykinesia and psychomotor slowing can present similarly and tremor and motor “freezing” can be...
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Bipolar Disorder

New Drug Developments for Bipolar Mania

Bipolar disorder (BP) is a chronic, debilitating illness that affects to 4% of the US ,2 The first nosological efforts describing BP appeared in the early 2nd century ad and culminated in Kraepelin’s eloquent description of its phenomenology in his 1921 textbook on...
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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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