Originally published on Scientific American's Blog on April 28, 2017. Neuroskeptic has launched the “mother of all blog posts” against my article, published earlier this week. Neuroskeptic is skeptical that there is a “War Between Neuroscience and Psychiatry.” I fully agree. There is NOT a war and I regret the first title that was published … Continue reading The Role of Neuroscience in Psychiatry Redux
Originally published on Scientific American's Blog on April 25, 2017. In April, JAMA Psychiatry published a groundbreaking addition to its lineup: an educational review intended to educate psychiatrists about neuroscience. A group of psychiatrists led by David Ross of Yale University described how and why post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) should be clinically evaluated from a neuroscience framework. … Continue reading Why Psychiatry Needs Neuroscience
Originally published in Scientific American MIND on March 1, 2017. Before this, article was originally published with the title "A Painful Descent into Addiction." It was 4 P.M., and Andrew* had just bought 10 bags of heroin. In his kitchen, he tugged one credit-card-sized bag from the rubber-banded bundle and laid it on the counter with … Continue reading Case Study: When Chronic Pain Leads to a Dangerous Addiction
Originally published on Scientific American's Guest Blog on February 28, 2017. On January 2, 1979, Dr. Rafael Osheroff was admitted to Chestnut Lodge, an inpatient psychiatric hospital in Maryland. Osheroff had a bustling nephrology practice. He was married with three children, two from a previous marriage. Everything had been going well except his mood. For … Continue reading The Rise of Evidence-Based Psychiatry
Originally published on Scientific American's MIND blog on December 16, 2016. As a third year medical student I rotated through a sleep clinic. My job was to administer the Epworth Sleepiness Scale, a tool used to screen patients for sleep disorders. At the end of the day, I took the questionnaire myself and was shocked … Continue reading Should We Let Doctors-in-Training Be More Sleep Deprived?
A close brush with jury duty led me to ponder what happens when the legal concept of guilt runs up against scientific notions of responsibility and free will (Originally posted on blogs.ScientificAmerican.com on March 23, 2016) It’s unnerving when someone with no criminal record commits a disturbingly violent crime. Perhaps he stabs his girlfriend 40 times and dumps her … Continue reading Brains on Trial