AI and Big Data in Psychiatry: Realistic Use Cases and the Future

I have been a speaker at two major psychiatry conferences last year in Washington DC and Amelia Island FL, on the topic of AI and Big Data in psychiatry (see slide presentation below). What I found in speaking with conference attendees is that the psychiatrists and behavioral health researchers found it difficult to make the…

Psychosis: A General Overview

Psychosis is a general term for psychotic disorders. Psychotic disorders are mental disorders (mental illness), or brain disorders, which include schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, psychotic depression, psychotic mania, substance-induced psychosis, and psychosis due to a general medical condition. The core feature of psychosis is that the person has difficulty figuring out what is real, and what…

Nova Scotia Surgical Wait Times App

Here is an app I built, which helps patients in Nova Scotia to determine their real wait times for surgical procedures, with just one click. The app makes use of the Nova Scotia Open Data Portal, from which the surgical wait times dataset was obtained. Multiple linear regression was utilized to build the prediction model…

Preface to “Anxiety Protocol”

There’s a quiet revolution occurring in psychiatry. The mental illness burden is felt worldwide, yet psychiatry has not been able to help millions of people who suffer from mental illness, as access to psychiatry and mental health services is at a crisis (Fields and Corbett-Dooren, 2014). Psychiatry is fast becoming trivialized due to its inability…

Book Review: Anxiety Protocol

Anxiety Protocol, The Foundation: Understanding Anxiety, Author: Carlo Carandang, MD Book Reviewer: Sheik Hosenbocus, MD A large and ever growing number of people suffer daily from the debilitating effects of anxiety affecting their quality of life. A majority suffers in silence. Without the appropriate tools and in their attempts to cope, they often resort to…

My Review Of KalmPro

Anxiety affects millions of people, but not everyone with anxiety needs prescription medications. Prescription medications for anxiety include antidepressants and benzodiazepines. However, antidepressants and benzodiazepines have multiple, significant side effects, and are expensive. Indeed, a recent study has questioned the efficacy of antidepressants for anxiety, as their effect may have been overestimated due to publication…

What Treatments Help For Treatment Resistant Depression?

Treatment resistant depression (TRD), also known as treatment refractory depression, is defined as failure to respond to 1st and 2nd line treatments. The first question to consider is if the diagnosis of major depressive disorder is correct. It may be a misdiagnosis, and may be the reason for the lack of response to treatment. For…