Psychiatric Times, April 29, 2017 By Lauren M. Osborne, MD, Katherine McEvoy, MB ChB, and Jennifer L. Payne, MD Original Article’s URL: http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/special-reports/antidepressants-pregnancy-balancing-needs-and-risks-clinical-practice Dear authors, you mention that psychotherapy, yoga, acupuncture are “evidence-based nonpharmacological treatments” for mood disorders during pregnancy. I wonder if you can reference any study of these 3 […]

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This has been a hot topic lately since professionals and non-professionals alike have been trying to put psychiatric labels on political candidates. Some pundits claim that if they could only examine these persons directly then they could validly and ethically put a diagnostic label on a candidate (usually the candidate […]

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I was surprised that Brown did not cite this article from “JAMA Psychiatry” May, 2014 that could have helped him understand something about half (or more) of servicemen: Thirty-Day Prevalence of DSM-IV Mental Disorders Among Nondeployed Soldiers in the US Army. Results From the Army Study to Assess Risk and […]

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The open-label GeneSight and unblined Genomind studies are at high-risk for researcher bias and should be suspect to extreme caution. We would never allow anti-depressants to be approved with these kinds of studies (although unblinded/no-blindplacebo psychotherapy studies are unreasonably and widely “accepted” as robust data by our profession all the […]

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Psychiatric Times, April 03, 2017,  By Ronald W. Pies, MD http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/blogs/deferring-mastery-death-hippocrates-judge-gorsuch-and-autonomy-fallacy We all know about the slippery slope of giving psychiatric patients to right to request suicide from a medical professional. However, terminally ill medical patients who have terrible pain and suffering and are near death (perhaps on a respirator, […]

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http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/psychopharmacology/quiz-headaches/page/0/2 Dr. King, regarding acupuncture, perhaps you can comment on this article: Research Casts Doubt on the Value of Acupuncture, Scientific studies show that the procedure is full of holes, Scientific American, August 2016 https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/research-casts-doubt-on-the-value-of-acupuncture/ The article makes these statements below, and it seems to me that because of the […]

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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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