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
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 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
I had the pleasure of being interviewed for Jennifer Fugo’s Gluten Free School podcast where we discussed the relationship between gluten and mental health, with a focus on women. Check it out!
What is Postpartum Depression? It depends who you ask. If you ask me, I’m likely to describe a number of potential contributors that can ultimately be tagged with the impressionist psychiatric descriptor of postpartum depression, anxiety, and psychosis. These terms tell us little to nothing about what’s actually going on in a woman’s body, yet
Depression, Anxiety: All In Your Head? One of the most remarkable papers I have read in the psychiatric literature was about a 57 year old woman who was treated with months of both antipsychotic and antidepressant medications and given two rounds of electroconvulsive treatment before anyone bothered to check her vitamin B12 level. Her symptoms