Psychiatric conditions are sometimes named due to the symptoms they evoke in the people who have them. Major depression, for example, is the name given to psychiatric episodes in which a person is severely depressed. Here, the name really tells the story. There are some conditions, however, that have more playful or elusive names that can be a little baffling to people who … [Read more...] about Psychiatric conditions: Diogenes Syndrome
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a condition where you have recurring distressing memories, flashbacks and other symptoms after suffering or witnessing a traumatic event. Treatment options include antidepressant medication and non-medicinal treatments such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). What is post-traumatic stress disorder? Post-traumatic stress … [Read more...] about Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
As executions in the United States hit a 20-year low, one might assume that this trend reflects a more judicious and careful application of the death penalty--that judges and prosecutors are truly reserving the punishment for the worst of the worst. But comprehensive death penalty assessments by the American Bar Association, along with many other organizations, tell a … [Read more...] about Death Penalty becomes more rare and more problematic
The Connecticut Office of the Child Advocate's report on the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting examined shooter Adam Lanza’s life and made public health recommendations. While some social scientists would take issue with using a case study to develop public policy, the report’s rich detail provides unique perspectives on how society failed itself, Lanza, and his … [Read more...] about Sandy Hook Shooting report missed one Critical Issue
Every time there is a terrorist act or a mass murder, reporters start calling with questions on thepsychiatric diagnosis of the perp. The default position seems to be that every religious extremist or political fanatic or mass murderer must be crazy. How else to account for their weird behavior? Naming a diagnosis somehow satisfies a deep human need to explain what otherwise … [Read more...] about Are Religious and Political Extremists crazy?