FW: New York Times: Letter to the Editor RE: “Tell it about You Mother ” by Casey Schwartz, June 24, 2015 The article “Tell it about You Mother ” by Casey Schwartz, June 24, 2015, (http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/magazine/tell-it-about-your-mother.html?_r=1) is a review of a study that suggests there is a link of psychoanalysis […]

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/psychopharmacology/top-papers-can-change-your-practice#comment-51647 Article Originally Published in the ‘Psychiatric Times’ on February 23, 2017 Drs. Saeed and Bloch, You quoted a paper on IPT as showing IPT to be more effective than placebo or waiting list and comparable to pharmacotherapies. Did this paper, or any paper, ever study IPT with single-blinding (=subject […]

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Psychiatric Times February 27, 2017 (originally published) http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/special-reports/practical-tips-managing-agitated-patient-avoiding-violence-clinical-setting#comment-51644 Drs Lofchy and Fage write a nice article on violent patients. They rightly note that, “The risk of violence in psychiatric practice is a frightening aspect of our work”. The problem is that few of the many articles like this ever talk about […]

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/cme/bereavement-grief-and-depression-clinical-update-and-implications#comment-51626 The logic of some key points of this article on complex bereavement (PCBD) has some serious problems, and I beg the senior author Dr. Bui of Harvard to reply. In the “Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder” section the authors state that PCBD, “has been shown to be distinct from mood, […]

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Referenced article originally published October 26, 2016 in the Psychiatric Times:  http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/career/nonvalidated-pharmacogenetic-tests-part-i-confessions-embarrassed-psychiatry-professor/page/0/3 Dr. de Leon It is refreshing to read about a seasoned clinician backtracking on mistaken prior conclusions. I would opine to go further in limiting the need or utility of these tests. For example, you want to do CYP2D6 […]

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Original article published, October 07, 2016 in The Psychiatric Times: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/blogs/couch-crisis/deconstructing-and-reconstructing-goldwater-rule#comment-509 Thank you, Ron, for your thorough reply that I largely agree with. First though, let’s be clear, your article was on psychiatric diagnosis in INDIVIDUALS not on the validity of the existence of psychiatric diagnoses in the population. You […]

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‘Why the “You” in an Afterlife Wouldn’t Really Be You’ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-the-ldquo-you-rdquo-in-an-afterlife-wouldnt-really-be-you/ Shermer states that a copy of your memories is no different than your twin but twins never had the same memories to begin with. If one’s genes and connectomes could be exactly copied and functional then there would be […]

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/bipolar-disorder/lithium-alzheimer-prevention-what-are-we-waiting#comment-49925 The answer to Dr. Phelps’ “what are we waiting for” is a large prospective study of Alzheimer’s patients with a long-term follow up (the studies linked in his comment below are not this kind of study). The study Dr. Phelps is excited about only had 55 persons in each […]

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/cultural-psychiatry/google-or-not-google-question#comment-49924 This article has conflated a discussion about the legal, ethical, and alliance-building aspects of whether a clinician may or may not search up and then share information about a patient. Questions 1,2,3 are limiting because they ask about ethics only. Legal: The internet is a public data base and […]

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