Mental Health

‘Why the “You” in an Afterlife Wouldn’t 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 […]

Scientific American Letter to the Editors, “Who Are You?”, July ...

Doug Berger*, Douglas Eames, Pablo Prados-Ruano Meguro Counseling Center, Tokyo, Japan Received 3 April 2008; accepted 9 April 2008 Abstract This paper describes the current state of mental health care for Western expatriates in Tokyo, Japan. Types of therapists, patient demographics, illness breakdown, and psychiatric medications in Japan are discussed […]

Mental health care of Western expatriates in Tokyo

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of […]

What Is Psychiatry?

Doug Berger, MD, PhD Dr Berger is in private practice in Japan. Article originally published May 12, 2009, in Psychiatric Times “An Epidemic of Depression” by Wakefield and Horwitz (Psychiatric Times, November 2008, page 44) raised the issue that DSM does not take into account the context in which symptoms […]

An Epidemic of Depression

The most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs are antidepressants. They treat depression and anxiety. The first ones, isoniazid and iproniazid, were discovered by accident. They were developed after the Second World War by a Swiss pharmaceutical company (from leftover German V2 rocket fuel!) as tuberculosis treatments. Some tubercular patients taking the drugs became energetic and even rowdy, […]

The fascinating history of antidepressants.