Saturday, April 27, 2013

A Dynamic Periodic Table

4/27/13. It would be a long time before the science of psychology has a periodic table of the elements of the mind. I suffer from chemistry envy.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Truth about ADHD

4/25/13. ADHD is a well-known disorder that is not known-well. Yale psychologist Thomas E. Brown, Ph.D. answers some questions about ADHD ---- to be discussed further in his new book.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Nathan Azrin, Ph.D. RIP

4/19/13. Dr. Azrin was a creative pioneer in the application of behavioral psychology to human problems. He is the author of the best seller "Toilet Training in Less than a Day," "Token Economies," and many more articles and books.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Anxiety and Depression

4/9/13. People who are anxious are often depressed; and people who are depressed are often anxious. In the DSM-IV manual and the IV to come in May, anxieties and mood disorders are categorized as distinct entities. Anxiety and mood disorders are not separate. Many people have both anxiety and depression.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Two Cheers for Ritalin

4/1/13. The use of stimulant medications such as Ritalin, Adderall, and Vyvanse to treat ADHD has been under attack by the New York Times, among others.

Ritalin was approved by the FDA in 1957.

The motivations for these attacks are multiple. The wealthy anti-psychiatry Scientologists have a long history of attacking the use of psychiatric medications; some groups claim that pharmaceutical companies are misleading the public to pump up their profits.  Others say that harried parents demand drugs from too-willing to prescribe physicians to improve their kids' academic records..

That ADHD is a diagnostic category with a long clinical and research history rarely gets mentioned.
The diagnosis  of more females and more adults with ADHD over the past decade accounts for much of the increase in medication for ADHD.

I repeat my article on ADHD written one year ago following another round of predictable media attacks: