March 2009

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

March 31, 2009

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is defined as “a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperimpulsivity that is more frequent and severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.” There is a requirement that the problem existed before age seven and that some of the problems are present in at least two settings. [...]

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Grand Rounds at Codeblog

March 26, 2009

Grand Rounds is up at codeblog. Plenty of good reading, including an interesting take on fund raising  by Duncan Cross at Don’t Walk.

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How Can They Just Invent Illnesses?

March 25, 2009

The notion of a professional group such as the APA sitting in their councils and committees inventing illnesses for themselves to treat seems so preposterous that a measure of disbelief on the part of the reader is understandable.  In its historical context, however, the development is not so surprising.  The original 1952 DSM was very [...]

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Psychologists, Social Workers, and Counselors in the Mental Health Field

March 19, 2009

Although psychiatrists are the primary and most influential players in the mental health business, they are not the only professionals involved. Most agencies also employ psychologists, social workers, and counselors, and it is important to recognize how the developments of recent decades have impacted their roles also. Psychologists are licensed professionals who have obtained a [...]

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Grand Rounds At APC Internist

March 16, 2009

Ryan DuBosar at the APC Internist has hosted a great grand rounds this week, with the best that the medical blogosphere has to offer. He followed a newspaper format, and there’s even a funnies section. Head over and check it out.

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Psychiatrists and the Pharmaceutical Companies

March 14, 2009

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who after graduation from medical school specialize in the treatment of mental disorders. In 1950 there were about 7000 psychiatrists in the United States. Most of these worked either in the state mental hospitals or in private practice, and in both settings treatment was conceptualized primarily on the lines of talking [...]

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Proliferation of Mental Disorders

March 11, 2009

In December 1999, David Satcher, MD, then Surgeon General of the United States, reported that almost one fifth of the American population will experience a mental disorder in any given year, and that fully half of the population will have such a disorder at some time in their lives. [Mental Health: A Report of the [...]

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