A Psychiatric Patient Confesses to Murder: Now What?

NEW ORLEANS – The patient, a 60-year-old woman who’d just tried to kill herself by overdosing on gabapentin, felt the need to make a confession. As she told a resident psychiatrist late one night at a Philadelphia crisis response center, she’d just murdered two people and buried them in her backyard. More details kept coming, … Read more

The Mental Effects of Growing Up With a Hoarder

Many of us are reluctant to throw things out. We buy. We accumulate. We collect. Eventually our attics are packed with dusty heirlooms that we rarely, if ever, look at. Eventually we’re forced to pare down and head to the Goodwill. But not all of us. Andrew Guzick, PhD Hoarding — or the prolonged difficulty … Read more

Small Steps to Improving LGBTQ+ Patient Care

Legislation around LGBTQ+ education in schools made headlines recently after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis passed the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, as it’s come to be called by many. The legislation bars teachers and school systems from mentioning or instructing students in kindergarten through third grade on issues around sexual orientation and gender identity. And with … Read more

Does Hustling Equate to Success?

Thank God it’s Monday? Sincerely yours, #hustle. The COVID-19 pandemic has given us the opportunity to reevaluate what we believe is important and valuable in our life. For some, it’s the opportunity to perform meaningful work; for others, it’s increased financial compensation; and, for the remaining, it may be autonomy (eg, control over their time). … Read more

Women Have Made Strides in Medicine, but There Are Miles to Go

As a female physician, I was excited that March was recognized as International Women’s Month. Reflecting back on the day, I was happy about the strides the medical community has made in regards to including women and treating women as equals. As the only woman in my residency class, it is clear that the medical … Read more

A Challenge for Telemental Health

I was taught to think clinically first and legally second. There are moments when following every regulation is clearly detrimental to the well-being of both the patient and the medical community at large, and these challenges have been highlighted by issues with telemental health during the pandemic. A friend emailed me with a problem: He … Read more