Why Do People Develop a Mental Disorder?

Your response to the coronavirus stems from evolution. This blog was also posted earlier in Psychology Today. Evolutionary psychiatry can help people accept their own or another’s mental illness. It provides one way to understand why the illness occurred. Key to an evolutionary understanding is the way natural selection maximizes passage of one’s genes to Read more about Why Do People Develop a Mental Disorder?[…]

Medicine Can Improve Physical Diseases Care

Addressing psychosocial and mental issues improves physical disease care. A slightly different version of this was posted earlier today in Psychology Today. In an earlier post, I expressed my concern about poor mental health care in the U.S., and that it stems from the medical physicians who provide 85% of it. It’s not their fault, Read more about Medicine Can Improve Physical Diseases Care[…]

Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care

Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care One governor takes a bold, new direction. A somewhat altered version of this post was published earlier in Psychology Today. Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) recently spearheaded and then signed into law in Washington state one of the most far-reaching mental health initiatives in recent history. HB 1388 Read more about Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care[…]

Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids

Chronic Pain—the Humane Use of Opioids Some physician prescribers misread CDC guidelines. This blog was published earlier today in a slightly different form in Psychology Today. The contribution of prescribed opioids to the national opioid crisis (which includes non-prescribed drugs like heroin and cocaine) has been well described. Concern with the role these legal drugs Read more about Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids[…]

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft? There may be another consideration. This post was published earlier today in Psychology Today in a slightly different form. We must consider what many believe: that the U.S. healthcare system, represented by the medical industrial complex (MIC), is rigged for profit at the expense of care. The MIC comprises Read more about Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?[…]

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science Does the Medical Profession Reject Modern Science? Sometimes it Does. This post was published earlier in Psychology Today in a slightly different form Let’s be clear. Twenty-first century medical science has produced some amazing advances. Yet in many respects, it remains centuries behind modern science. That’s because medicine’s basic conceptual (theoretical) Read more about Medicine Flaunts Modern Science[…]

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain

The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain Effective, non-opioid treatment for chronic pain exists. Published earlier in a slightly different form in Psychology Today. In spite of yeoman efforts by the American Pain Society, the American Chronic Pain Association, the U.S. Pain Foundation, the American Academy of Pain Medicine, and many others, there has been Read more about The Diagnosis and Treatment of Chronic Pain[…]

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