Psychiatry is on the verge of a crisis. The promise of the psychopharmacological revolution has been stalled. Clinical diagnostic acumen is at risk of being displaced by checklists. The humanism of the psychotherapeutic encounter is being smot..
EDITORIAL Many physicians assume they are immune to the advertising and marketing strategies of pharmaceutical companies. Physicians are confident in their own knowledge and judgment and believe that they will not be overly influenced by a p..
Pauline Pytka MD, FRCPC Medical care in general, and psychiatry specifically, has shifted from the principle of easing suffering to specific ‘approaches’ to the diagnosis and treatment of illness. It is easy to forget that we are r..
Tinbergen (1963) famously described a framework for understanding behavior in which he emphasized that in order to understand behavior we must appreciate not only its proximate but also its ultimate or evolutionary causes. While evolutionary t..
ABSTRACT Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2016 Mar;39(1):111-23. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2015.09.002. Epub 2015 Dec 22. SUICIDE BEHAVIORS IN BIPOLAR DISORDER: A REVIEW AND UPDATE FOR THE CLINICIAN. Beyer JL, Weisler RH. Author information: Duke University ..
The traditional scholarly medical journal is at risk. The cost of maintaining print journals is extremely high and dependent on advertising revenues. Online open access journals charge high fees to authors which brings into question the rigour..
One of the most damaging effects of psychiatric illness is the experience of stigma. Stigmatization is the social rejection of those with mental illness. This may be seen in the tendency to ridicule or shun those with mental illness. It is see..
SUICIDE IS NOT PREDICTABLE Alan Eppel MB, FRCPC Assessment of suicide risk is a core aspect of every psychiatric evaluation. The reality is however that the prediction of completed suicide is a mathematical impossibility. This is because compl..
Volume 2 Number 3 THE EXHUMATION OF ANTI-PSYCHIATRY Recently The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education announced that it has set up a scholarship in “anti-psychiatry” reprising intellectual viewpoints from the middle of t..
Vol 2 #6 Alan Eppel MB, FRCPC Patients, family members and family physicians all too frequently express dissatisfaction with the quality of psychiatric care. Accessibility to care and continuity of care are two of the major quality dimension..