Mind the Brain

Lessons we need to learn from a Lancet Psychiatry study of the association between exercise and mental health

The closer we look at a heavily promoted study of exercise and mental health, the more its flaws become obvious. There is little support for the most basic claims being made – despite the authors marshaling enormous attention to the study.

Is Donald Trump suffering from Pick’s Disease (frontotemporal dementia)?

Changing the conversation about Donald Trump’s fitness for office from whether he has a personality disorder to whether he has an organic brain disorder.

Using F1000 “peer review” to promote politics over evidence about delivering psychosocial care to cancer patients

The F 1000 platform allowed authors and the reviewers whom they nominated to collaborate in crafting more of their special interest advocacy that they have widely disseminated elsewhere. Nothing original in this article and certainly not best evidence!

Stop using the Adverse Childhood Experiences Checklist to make claims about trauma causing physical and mental health problems

Scores on the adverse childhood experiences (ACE) checklist (or ACC) are widely used in making claims about the causal influence of childhood trauma on mental and physical health problems. Does anyone making these claims bother to look at how the checklist is put together and consider what a summary score might mean?

The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging – An Interview with Joan Cook

Dr. Joan Cook is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor in the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. She has specific expertise in the areas of traumatic stress and geriatric mental health. Dr. Cook has served as the principal investigator on four grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, as well as grants … Continue reading "The Golden Years: Traumatic Stress and Aging – An Interview with Joan Cook"

Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma and Perinatal PTSD: An Interview with Dr. Rebecca Moore

It is now blatantly clear that a woman’s increased vulnerability to developing PTSD is closely linked to that fact that, when compared to a man, she is much more likely to be the victim of the toxic traumas of childhood sexual abuse, rape, and intimate partner violence. More recently another type of trauma that women … Continue reading "Perinatal Psychiatry, Birth Trauma and Perinatal PTSD: An Interview with Dr. Rebecca Moore"

Military Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide: A conversation with Katie Webb

Among Americans, rape is the trauma that is most likely to lead to PTSD. The medical profession is becoming increasingly aware that sexual trauma represents a serious medical and mental health concern. Several years ago, in recognition of the downstream consequences of sexual trauma on veteran health, the VA healthcare system developed the position of … Continue reading "Military Sexual Trauma, Rape, PTSD, and Suicide: A conversation with Katie Webb"

Cortisol, the Intergenerational Transmission of Stress, and PTSD: An Interview With Dr. Rachel Yehuda

Cortisol, a stress hormone, is a key player in the subtle hormonal changes that have come to be associated with PTSD, and Dr. Rachel Yehuda, a neuroscientist and the director of the traumatic stress studies division at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, has played a major role in advancing our scientific understanding … Continue reading "Cortisol, the Intergenerational Transmission of Stress, and PTSD: An Interview With Dr. Rachel Yehuda"

PTSD and the DSM-5: A conversation with Dr. Matt Friedman

More than thirty-five years after the 1980 recognition of PTSD in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), the data are unequivocal: Today there can be no doubt about the validity of PTSD as a diagnostic entity. Yet, the disorder remains steeped in controversy, and more recently, there have been growing complaints that … Continue reading "PTSD and the DSM-5: A conversation with Dr. Matt Friedman"

The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) and the implications for the science and practice of PTSD: An interview with Dr. Charles Marmar

The National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study (NVVRS) was conducted in 1983 as a response to a congressional mandate for an investigation of PTSD and other postwar psychological problems among Vietnam veterans. More than 25 years after the original NVVRS study was conducted, researchers reassessed more than two thousand of the original study participants for symptoms … Continue reading "The National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study (NVVLS) and the implications for the science and practice of PTSD: An interview with Dr. Charles Marmar"

Prions, Memory and PTSD: A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has been described as a disorder of memory. It has become quite apparent that there are two types of memory in PTSD: the first being the involuntary intrusions of the trauma, and the second being the voluntarily recalled memories that constitute the trauma story, also known as the trauma narrative. Both are … Continue reading "Prions, Memory and PTSD: A conversation with Nobel prize winning neuroscientist Dr. Eric R. Kandel"