With another Fall behind us and the winter chill approaching here in New England, the season is ripe for Thanksgiving Day next Thursday here in the U.S. Anticipation is growing in Grohol Nation, as we host some of our family in a week-long visit.

Things weren’t so much different in the past, as this week’s Friday Flashback illustrates…

10 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • The Unspoken Politics Behind the CDC, NEJM, JAMA & Others
    So a decade ago, I was on a rant about biased research appearing in these types of journals supporting a distinct political agenda under the aegis of “unbiased science.” I’m all for politics and such, but please don’t serve it to me wrapped in a cloak of peer-reviewed research and suggest to me there’s no bias at work there. I still believe what I wrote there, and find that, if anything, researchers’ bias has become a more serious issue in general research, not just that research published for specific political purposes.

5 Years Ago on Psych Central

  • Is Madison Avenue our New MD?
    Five years ago I linked to an excellent piece in the Miami Herald which now unfortunately resides behind a pay-wall. But here’s the quote from the article:

    “The drugs that revolutionized the treatment of depression a decade ago now are increasingly used to treat anxiety disorders. Caused by a deficiency in brain chemistry, the disorders can be remedied by potent mood-altering medications such as Paxil and Effexor.

    Just about everyone has experienced situational anxieties — when personal or professional stress keeps us keyed up and disturbs our sleep — and it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly when life’s mundane worries escalate into a full-blown psychiatric disorder.

    Some doctors and psychologists say the broad push to prescribe medications for anxiety is further indication we’re medicalizing normal variations in temperament.”

    Funny how, 5 years later, science has shown us that depression isn’t caused by a “deficiency in brain chemistry,” yet the effort to medicalize everyday feelings continues on, now more so than ever.

1 Year Ago on Psych Central

  • Tis’ the season for Seasonal Affective Disorder
    Blog contributor Jennifer Bechdel brings us up to speed on seasonal affective disorder, which always seems to start to strike people in November. Now’s a good time to review the basics on this issue and help yourself or someone in your life who grapples with it.
  • Treatment and Community Mental Health Centers
    A year ago I wrote a little piece explaining what community mental health centers were, the original vision for them, and why they are often failing our local communities (lack of funding being the primary reason). It’s a good reminder that we need to be vigilant in protecting our scarce community resources.