“Any Psychiatric Symptom Can Be Caused By a Substance” AND More on Best 5 Thursday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Any Psychiatric Symptom Can Be Caused By a Substance Perhaps the most common mistake in psychiatric diagnosis is ignoring that a substance problem may be causing the presenting symptoms. Patients who should be diagnosed with a substance-induced psychiatric disorder are all too … More “Any Psychiatric Symptom Can Be Caused By a Substance” AND More on Best 5 Thursday Reads

“Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think? Permitting pot is one thing; promoting its use is another. 2) Run, swim, cook: the new prescription for happiness As three new books show, keeping active can be great for mental health. But government has … More “Is Marijuana as Safe as We Think?” AND More on Best 5 Wednesday Reads

“Antidepressants: A Research Update” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Antidepressants: A Research Update and a Case Example This post briefly reviews what researchers have been finding about the effectiveness and also the downsides of antidepressant medications — Zoloft, Prozac, and the like. The post then adds a fascinating case example, a … More “Antidepressants: A Research Update” AND More on Best 5 Tuesday Reads

“Do Autistic People ‘get’ Jokes?” AND More On Best 5 Thursday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) Do autistic people ‘get’ jokes? Originally dubbed “little professors” by Viennese paediatrician Hans Asperger, autistic people have often been thought to be a rather serious bunch. So do autistic people even have a sense of humour? A new BBC podcast, 1800 Seconds … More “Do Autistic People ‘get’ Jokes?” AND More On Best 5 Thursday Reads

“The Psychology of Internet Trolls and the Empathy Deficit” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads

Hello and welcome to another edition of Best 5 Reads. Lets begin! 1) The Psychology of Internet Trolls and the Empathy Deficit Backyard bullies have always been with us. We used to be able to spot bullies from blocks away. The swagger, jeers, taunts, and looks of disdain and aggression were on full display, and … More “The Psychology of Internet Trolls and the Empathy Deficit” AND More on Best 5 Monday Reads