Docs’ Bad Behavior Seen at Work, Online by Colleagues: Survey

It seems that everyone’s nerves are on the edge right now, and people are often behaving in surprising ways. Physicians are no exception. “The days of surgeons throwing retractors across the OR and screaming at nurses and medical students are hopefully gone now,” said Barron Lerner, MD, PhD, professor of medicine at New York University … Read more

Religious Fundamentalism and Later-Life Anxiety

I was a resident, young and naive, when I bumped into my neighbor in the hospital hallway as he walked out of a psychiatrist’s office. “Why are you here?” I asked, thinking that my neighbor, a theology professor, had some professional reason to be meeting with a psychiatrist, perhaps some type of community project. As … Read more

Sexual Minority Youth in Canada Face Higher Suicide Risks

Sexual minority adolescents in Canada — those who are attracted to the same gender or multiple genders, or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer — experience increased risks for suicidal ideation and suicide attempts, according to a new report. Transgender youth were five times more likely to think about suicide and 7.6 … Read more

What Can We Do About Mass Shootings?

“It must be mental illness. My mind cannot possibly conceive of an alternative. A rational healthy mind cannot be capable of this, Doc.” These were the opening words of one of many discussions that I had with patients in the wake of yet another gut-wrenching tragedy where we saw innocent children and their teachers murdered … Read more

Bullying People With Hidden Disabilities Creates Misery, Fear

Bullying of disabled people is extensive. According to a Columbia University study, 1 in 3 disabled children have globally experienced violence. It is not only children who are the target of bullying; bias against disabled adults is also common. In my almost 30 years of treating people with disabilities, I have seen the intense emotional … Read more

Kids and Teens With Food Allergies Face Quality-Of-Life Issues

Children and adolescents with food allergies to fare worse visually, appear socially, and emotionally, and have poorer overall-related quality of life (HRQL) than their food-allergy-free peers, a new systematic review suggests. “Findings from the current review suggest that food allergy has a negative impact on the HRQL of children and teens, particularly older children and … Read more