THE UNSPONSORED PSYCHIATRY REPORT

How Can We Reverse the Stigma and Culture of Pessimism about Schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / January 18, 2021

This article will discuss the stigma that surrounds the diagnosis of schizophrenia. I will argue that much of the stigma about schizophrenia is directly attributable to the way that the psychiatric profession framed it more than a century ago, and how the profession has responded to it since that time. I will also argue that…

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Hashimoto’s encephalopathy: How a thyroid disease can cause psychosis

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / January 11, 2021

Psychosis has many causes, and more than 50 different medical conditions are known to cause psychosis. In many cases, psychosis might be the first sign of a medical illness or its most prominent symptom. Sometimes psychosis is the only noticeable symptom. In this article, I’ll discuss one of the many medical illnesses that can cause…

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What is emotion regulation and how do we do it?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / December 21, 2020

Why is emotion regulation important? Emotions are intertwined with almost all our thoughts and actions, but most of us were never taught how emotions work. And we tend to underestimate our ability to control them. When our emotional responses are working well, they add depth and richness to our lives. But outsized or inappropriate emotional…

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Is Marijuana Good For Depression?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / December 14, 2020

A natural question Marijuana can provide a sense of happiness and relaxation for many users, so some people with depression may consider marijuana a way to treat their depression symptoms (Cuttler et al., 2018). Research has shown that marijuana use is twice as prevalent in people with depression (Pacek et al., 2017), and as many…

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Free Course About Clozapine

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 8, 2020

Consider yourself cordially invited to a live, online (and totally free) course where we will explain why and how to use clozapine. Even though it’s far and away the most effective treatment for schizophrenia, a lot of mental health care providers have questions about it. We will try to answer them in this course. There…

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Hallucinations

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 6, 2020

Hallucinations are very common. In fact, nearly 1 in 10 people will experience a hallucination during their lives. Hallucinations are also extremely common in psychosis, and in illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, borderline personality syndrome, and even major depression. Auditory hallucinations are the most common type of hallucination. And among auditory hallucinations, hearing voices…

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It’s time to pay people to self-quarantine

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / March 14, 2020

It’s a devastating fact: More than a million Americans could die from the novel coronavirus. But we can prevent this catastrophe through simple measures like sleeve sneezing, washing our hands and staying home when we’re sick. Problem is, nearly everyone goes to work when they’re sick. We need to fix that. Consider this scenario, which…

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Interview with TV New Zealand about Cannabis Risks

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / February 11, 2020

Here is an interview with TV New Zealand’s Anna Burns-Francis about cannabis risks. My view is that cannabis should be as legal as cigarettes, and its risks as widely-publicized. Also… the people that will profit from legalization should not be the ones who determine which risks get publicized.   Transcript: Anna: New Zealand researchers recently…

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Lab Tests for Psychosis or Schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / November 7, 2019

The difference between psychosis and schizophrenia Psychosis and schizophrenia are sometimes used interchangeably in ordinary language. And even though both terms are linguistic antiques (and need to be changed), “psychosis” and “schizophrenia” are medical terms with specific meanings. So let’s clarify them before talking about lab tests. Psychosis is a neurological symptom. It involves unusual…

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How To Start A Career In Science

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / October 17, 2019

Now more than ever, the world needs scientists. We need science, and the technology that flows from it, to address pressing challenges in climate, energy, health, and human harmony. So I’m delighted every single time a student asks me how to get started in a career in the sciences.   Jennifer, for example, asks: Dear…

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