Tag Archives | Psychiatry


Psychedelic use associated with decreased suicidal thinking, say researchers behind new study

Previous studies have found that psychedelic use may occasion lasting improvements in mental health, but the effects of psychedelic use on suicidality have been unknown. Now, a new study in the Journal of Psychopharmacology has examined the use of classic psychedelics (LSD, psilocybin mushrooms, and mescaline), to determine whether they might be protective with regard […]

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Schizophrenia created in a petri dish

Neurobiologists are using genetic engineering to reprogram skin cells – of patients with schizophrenia and other neurological disorders – and grow them into brain cells, creating mental diseases-in-a-dish for experimentation and industrial-scale psychiatric drug discovery. The researchers, Fred Gage, a professor of genetics at the Salk Institute, and Anirvan Ghosh, a neurobiologist at the University […]

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High incidence of placebo use in psychiatry

Doctors may not like talking about it, but it’s becoming much more prevalent. A recent McGill University survey found that around 20 percent of general physicians have prescribed placebos for their patients, while more than one-third of psychiatrists have prescribed placebos or pseudoplacebos. Psychiatry professor and study author, Amir Raz, said the prescribing of pseudoplacebos […]

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Inventing Illness

What’s wrong with being shy? And when did other ordinary human behaviors in children and adults become psychiatric disorders treatable with powerful, potentially dangerous drugs? These are the questions posed in a new book by Northwestern University scholar Christopher Lane, questions that are already creating waves in the mental health community. In Shyness: How Normal […]

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