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 […]

A Response From Douglas Berger to the Article: “To Google ...


Dr. Kelly, You state that Amber lens therapy “works” for [bipolar spectrum] disorder. Can you provide the readers with a confirmatory double-blind placebo-controlled study to back this claim? The only article I could find was this preliminary case series http://www.medical-hypotheses.com/article/S0306-9877(07)00372-6/fulltext If there is only a preliminary case series, and if […]

A Letter to Dr. Kelly From Dr. Douglas Berger Regarding ...


http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/psychotherapy/doctor-am-i-gay-primer-sexual-identities Dr. Drescher’s model of complex feelings regarding sexual orientation is mainly based on psychological and social factors. His discussion is not wrong, but it seems hard to me to write an article about this topic without noting the basic genetic concepts of genotype vs phenotype and rare type vs […]

Douglas Berger’s response to ““Doctor, Am I Gay?” A Primer ...



http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/anxiety/deconstructing-and-reconstructing-goldwater-rule Ron, I like your logic here and I agree with your conclusions. However, you penned this article on the assumption that psychiatric nosology is a validated classification, and that a diagnosis would be known to a psychiatrist if they could directly examine a patient. I think you well aware […]

An interesting letter regarding DSM classifications.


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(Unpublished) By Douglas Berger, Tokyo Psychiatrist Shermer states that a copy of your memories is no different than your twin but twins never had the same memories to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 two of “you”, both exactly the same at […]

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



(Unpublished) By Douglas Berger, Tokyo Psychiatrist Schermer states that accused witches who provide false and unverifiable information are an example of why torture is not effective. Comparing the value and verifiability of various forms of interrogation may give data on the value of torture in a population of interrogees, but doesn’t say […]

A response to: “On Witches and Terrorists, Why torture doesn’t ...


Douglas Berger, Tokyo Psychiatrist “Brain Trust” in the March issue left me with 2 questions. 1. there is no proof that less cortical surface are resulted from poverty vs. that poverty is the result of smaller cortical surface area in parents that then genetically pass this problem along to their […]

Scientific American Letter to the Editors: “Brain Trust” A Rare ...


May 31, 2017 | By Christopher G. Fichtner, MD and Howard B. Moss, MD. Comment by Doug Berger, Psychiatirst in Tokyo, Japan This article seems quite reasonable, and is in severe contradistinction to other recent articles in the PT on marijuana: 1. Marijuana and the Psychiatric Patient, Psychiatric Times April […]

Medical Marijuana and Mental Health: Cannabis Use in Psychiatric Practice



May 31, 2017, By Rahil R. Jummani, MD, Emily Hirsch, and Glenn S. Hirsch, MD. Comment by Douglas Berger, Psychiatrist in Tokyo, Japan This is a good article, though with some fuzzy parts: 1.    The authors go to great lengths to describe the difference in DSM-5 and ICD-10 diagnostic criteria […]

Are We Overdiagnosing and Overtreating ADHD?