psychiatry http://wamc.org en "Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature And Meaning Of Psychiatry" By Tom Burns http://wamc.org/post/our-necessary-shadow-nature-and-meaning-psychiatry-tom-burns <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Much is written about psychiatry, but very little that describes psychiatry itself. Why should there be such a need? For good or ill, psychiatry is a polemical battleground, criticized on the one hand as an instrument of social control, while on the other the latest developments in neuroscience are trumpeted as lasting solutions to mental illness.</p><p>Which of these strikingly contrasting positions should we believe? In <em>Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry</em>, Tom Burns reviews the historical development of psychiatry, throughout alert to where psychiatry helps, and where it is imperfect. What is clear is that mental illnesses are intimately tied to what makes us human in the first place. and the drive to relieve the suffering they cause is even more human.</p><p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 94658 at http://wamc.org "Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature And Meaning Of Psychiatry" By Tom Burns Dr. Keith Humphreys, Stanford University - Alternative Tobacco Products http://wamc.org/post/dr-keith-humphreys-stanford-university-alternative-tobacco-products <p>Alternative tobacco products are on the rise.</p><p>Keith Humphreys, professor of psychiatry at Stanford University,&nbsp; discusses a form of smokeless tobacco that is catching on overseas.</p> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 90330 at http://wamc.org Dr. Keith Humphreys, Stanford University - Alternative Tobacco Products Dr. Nancy Low, McGill University - Inactivity and Depression http://wamc.org/post/dr-nancy-low-mcgill-university-inactivity-and-depression <p>Can leading a sedentary lifestyle contribute to depression?</p><p>Dr. Nancy Low, assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at McGill University, is studying the correlation between these two afflictions.</p><p>Nancy Low is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University, Clinician-Researcher at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), and Staff Physician in the Mood Disorders Program of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC).</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Matthew Pryce 90230 at http://wamc.org Dr. Nancy Low, McGill University - Inactivity and Depression "Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis" by Christine Montross http://wamc.org/post/falling-fire-psychiatrist-s-encounters-mind-crisis-christine-montross <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that more than 13 percent of U.S. adults have received treatment for some kind of mental health problem.</p><p>Still, the most severe cases remain the hardest to treat and take the biggest toll not just on the family and friends of those afflicted but also on the country at large. The National Institute of Mental Health puts the economic cost of untreated mental illness in the U.S. at more than $100 billion per year.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 71130 at http://wamc.org "Falling into the Fire: A Psychiatrist’s Encounters with the Mind in Crisis" by Christine Montross Vox Pop : Medical Monday - Dr. Eric Plakun : 9/17/12 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-medical-monday-dr-eric-plakun-91712 <p>On this edition of Medical Monday is Dr. Eric Plakun of the Austen Riggs Center – a board certified psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist practicing in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. WAMC’s Alan Chartock hosts.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:00:00 +0000 48137 at http://wamc.org