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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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De-Mystifying Psychosis And De-Stigmatizing Its Medicines

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / October 6, 2019

About 1 of every 11 people will experience psychosis at some point in their lives. Every other medical condition seems fair game for public discussion, yet we hardly ever discuss psychosis out in the open. That’s why I call psychosis the most common illness we never talk about. In an effort to de-mystify psychosis and…

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Can Antidepressant Medications Cause Psychosis?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / September 26, 2019

A subscriber to my YouTube channel 15-Minute Pharmacology recently asked if a common type of antidepressant medication can cause psychosis: “Can SSRI’s bring on a psychotic episode? My good friend has become acutely unwell and completely psychotic after being put on SSRIs twice.”   The SSRI Medications Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI medications are…

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This One Fix Could Prevent 50,000 Suicide Deaths

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / September 10, 2019

A Suicide Prevention Proposal Today is Suicide Prevention Awareness Day. As a psychiatric physician—and simply as someone who cares about other people—I join millions of other voices hoping to move our society closer to one that can better prevent suicide. Preventing suicide is easier said than done. It’s not an easy task for a front-line…

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Can antidepressant medications cause antipsychotic side effects?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / July 18, 2019

Is such a thing even possible? A question came up recently: A psychiatrist had prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) to a patient with depression. Soon after starting the medicine, the patient developed muscle spasms, which fit the neurological definition of dystonia. Translating to English, “dystonia” means abnormal muscle tone. Most people recognize dystonia as a possible side…

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Cannabis Probably Does Cause Schizophrenia

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 20, 2019

Psychosis is one of the oldest and best-documented risks of cannabis use.  Associations between cannabis use and psychosis appeared in the medical literature soon after cannabis was introduced into Western medical practice in the 1850s. Physicians of the 19thcentury accurately identified marijuana’s therapeutic value. Medical textbooks and journals of that era described benefits in the…

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Paucity of studies showing an ability of CBD to reduce biomarkers of inflammation in man

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 16, 2019

Below is a complete list of titles from a search of the medical literature for studies looking at the ability of cannabidiol (CBD) to reduce biomarkers of inflammation in humans. CBD has a reputation for being the more important anti-inflammatory cannabinoid. And it is being recommended by many for the treatment of inflammatory illness.  The…

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Paucity of studies documenting the anti-inflammatory effects of cannabis in man

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 15, 2019

There is a lot of talk about how cannabis can reduce inflammation. I decided to see how many studies have actually tested this hypothesis in humans. It seems we know very little about whether cannabis is effective at reducing inflammation in humans – at least when it comes to measuring that inflammation by accepted lab…

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Cannabis and Anxiety

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 1, 2019

Free Download: Printable Infographic In this post, I offer you a free, downloadable infographic that you may freely share, print, or distribute. Here is the link to the file. The infographic explains one of the paradoxical effects of cannabis. While it’s calming and anxiety-relieving (at least initially) for many people, cannabis can cause anxiety and panic attacks in…

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An Over-The-Counter Solution For Self-Injurious Behavior?

By Erik Messamore, MD, PhD / April 1, 2019

N-acetylcysteine shows promise in the treatment of recurrent self-injury, according to initial clinical reports An over-the-counter pharmaceutical Clinical reports suggest that recurrent self-injurious behaviors like self-cutting might be reduced, or in some cases eliminated, with something that can be obtained as an over-the-counter supplement in the US. The substance is called N-acetylcysteine. I describe N-acetylcysteine…

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