Recent Blog Posts
Some recent readings I have come across…demonstrate that conceptual changes are always on the horizon. Two new areas of thinking about depression are emerging from basic and clinical research on brain inflammation and ketamine, an NMDA receptor antagonist. To my mind, the most revolutionary change concerns brain inflammation and depression. A different direction in biological psychiatry and depression comes from the numerous recent studies pointing to Ketamine’s rapid antidepressant effect.
Talk about vicious circles: the stress of trying to think clearly can impair the ability to recover clear thinking. A very strong piece of reporting by Robert Lee Hotz, titled REPERCUSSIONS IN SCHOOL FROM CONCUSSIONS ON THE FIELD, appeared recently in the Wall Street Journal. Hotz’s investigation confirms that “almost every concussion leaves the brain […]
The New Yorker magazine dated April 6, 2015 has an article on tDCS by Elif Batuman entitled, ELECTRIFIED: adventures in transcranial electrical direct-current stimulation. As one expects of a New Yorker article it is captivating and clear; it is also relatively short. Perhaps not so short. About 6,000 words. I had just finished 10 minutes of […]
A European colleague, Robert Johansson PhD, has called my attention to a very new review (published online March 28, but I don’t know have the address) on the Empirical Status of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, by Leibsenring et al in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. My friend says this is a prestigious European journal and sent a pdf, Leichsenring2015ESTreview […]
Oliver Sacks is rightfully the most renowned physician of our time. The neurologist is the author of thirteen books including Migraine, Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, Musicophillia, and a new memoir On The Move. On February 19, 2015 in the NY Times, Sacks announced that he had been diagnosed with […]