Medicine’s Way of Thinking Prevents Progress in Psychiatry

“Looking where the light is.” This post was previously posted earlier today in Psychology Today. In a previous post, you heard how Rene Descartes and other Enlightenment philosophers split the mind and its mental operations from the body, leaving medicine with an almost exclusive focus on the physical body and its diseases. Beneficial as this Read more about Medicine’s Way of Thinking Prevents Progress in Psychiatry[…]

Why Do People Develop a Mental Disorder?

Your response to the coronavirus stems from evolution. This blog was also posted earlier in Psychology Today. Evolutionary psychiatry can help people accept their own or another’s mental illness. It provides one way to understand why the illness occurred. Key to an evolutionary understanding is the way natural selection maximizes passage of one’s genes to Read more about Why Do People Develop a Mental Disorder?[…]

Medicine Can Improve Physical Diseases Care

Addressing psychosocial and mental issues improves physical disease care. A slightly different version of this was posted earlier today in Psychology Today. In an earlier post, I expressed my concern about poor mental health care in the U.S., and that it stems from the medical physicians who provide 85% of it. It’s not their fault, Read more about Medicine Can Improve Physical Diseases Care[…]

How We Interfere with Our Own Mental Health Care

Stigma is a major deterrent to mental health care. A similar post was made earlier today in Psychology Today. While many are aware of the national problem of poor mental health care, how might we as individuals and as a society be contributing to it? We do so in spades by stigmatizing those who suffer Read more about How We Interfere with Our Own Mental Health Care[…]

Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care

Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care One governor takes a bold, new direction. A somewhat altered version of this post was published earlier in Psychology Today. Governor Jay Inslee (D-WA) recently spearheaded and then signed into law in Washington state one of the most far-reaching mental health initiatives in recent history. HB 1388 Read more about Presidential Candidate’s Plan to Improve Mental Health Care[…]

Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids

Chronic Pain—the Humane Use of Opioids Some physician prescribers misread CDC guidelines. This blog was published earlier today in a slightly different form in Psychology Today. The contribution of prescribed opioids to the national opioid crisis (which includes non-prescribed drugs like heroin and cocaine) has been well described. Concern with the role these legal drugs Read more about Chronic Pain – the Humane Use of Opioids[…]

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?

Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft? There may be another consideration. This post was published earlier today in Psychology Today in a slightly different form. We must consider what many believe: that the U.S. healthcare system, represented by the medical industrial complex (MIC), is rigged for profit at the expense of care. The MIC comprises Read more about Is Medicine Greedy and Morally Bereft?[…]

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science

Medicine Flaunts Modern Science Does the Medical Profession Reject Modern Science? Sometimes it Does. This post was published earlier in Psychology Today in a slightly different form Let’s be clear. Twenty-first century medical science has produced some amazing advances. Yet in many respects, it remains centuries behind modern science. That’s because medicine’s basic conceptual (theoretical) Read more about Medicine Flaunts Modern Science[…]

Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority?

Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority? If you criticize Donald Trump, take a close look at the rest of us. This post appeared earlier in Psychology Today in a slightly different form. Like many of you, I’m shocked and offended as I read daily of Donald Trump’s foibles: he’s narcissistic, aggressive, rude, greedy, dishonest, and Read more about Does Donald Trump Mirror the Majority?[…]

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