Psychiatry is notorious for saying “oops!” for a long history of abusing patients with pseudoscience-driven treatments and its shameful lack of diagnostic rigor. From the 1949 Nobel Prize for therapeutic lobotomy to the Rosenhan experiments in the 70s which exposed the invalidity of a psychiatrist’s clinical judgment (hospitalizing and treating actors feigning psychosis), the field is
We’ve been told a story about depression – that you are born with a chemical imbalance that requires lifelong medication. Get ready for some myth-busting around the benefits, risks, and the truth about what depression is.
This post first appeared on GreenMedInfo.com. To sleep, perchance to dream. Many of us have a love hate relationship with sleep – making the time for it, honoring it, needing it, losing it, wanting it, partaking too much. A highly ritualized behavior, sleep also exemplifies the complexity of physiologic processes that feel beyond our control.
This article first appeared on Mercola.com. Thyroid: What’s mental health got to do with it? Meet your mitochondria.1 With a laundry list of responsibilities ranging from creating energy to determining the time of a cell’s death, mitochondria have increasingly become the focus of chronic disease research.2 The keeper of our mitochondria is our thyroid hormone.3 This is
How much does it matter for patients to believe they will get well? Thanks to the work of Dr. Irving Kirsch, we now know that the majority of the effect of antidepressants is attributable to the “active placebo effect” or the belief that receiving a memified brain-chemical-corrector will actually help alleviate symptoms. As I discuss
This article first appeared on Mercola.com as The New Psychiatry: Psychoneuroimmunology A New Field Emerges Psychoneuroimmunology. This is what I aim to practice. Medical terms of this length command our respect for the interconnectedness of different subspecialties, for the futile segmentation and compartmentalization of the body into different organ systems. As discussed in this previous article I wrote for