Is Psychiatry Waking Up to the Truth About Mental Illness?

What an exciting turn: In a recent Viewpoint published in JAMA Psychiatry​​​​​​, thought leader Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., of Virginia Commonwealth University, urged the field to jettison the prevalent idea that some type of brain disease causes each mental illness.1 Instead, he urged that we identify critical causal pathways in the brain that are associated with psychiatric disorders. It’s likely that mental disorders derive Read more about Is Psychiatry Waking Up to the Truth About Mental Illness?[…]

How to Identify an Individual Patient’s Resilience

With rampant problems of loneliness since COVID-19 and the disturbed social lives of mass shooters, we’re hearing more and more that medicine and others must intervene on social issues that influence an individual patient’s health and well-being. Not only a practical issue, this also is dictated by medicine’s systems-based scientific model: the biopsychosocial model. Unhappily, the latter has been Read more about How to Identify an Individual Patient’s Resilience[…]

Patients Are More Complex Than We Realize

Complexity in Health Care: A Paradigm shift for Clinical Practice (Springer 2023) by Steven A. Frankel, Steven D. Thurber, and James A. Bourgeois offers a healthy departure from standard approaches to diagnosis and treatment in psychiatry. Standard approaches follow set protocols and algorithms, such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), and various Read more about Patients Are More Complex Than We Realize[…]

Thinking About Healthspan to Live Longer and Better

Outlive is well-written, well-balanced, and makes no fantastic claims. Further, while providing clear guidance for achieving better health, Dr. Attia does not advise but, rather, shows a way to think about one’s own health. His idea is for each of us to set our own individual health plan, the one that works best for us, so Read more about Thinking About Healthspan to Live Longer and Better[…]

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