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…

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…

So You Want To Be A Psychiatrist

If you are considering a career as a psychiatrist, these are important and exciting times for the profession, as it tries to figure out the neurobiological underpinnings of mental illness. Currently, clinical psychiatry does not have objective, biological tests to help confirm mental illness. Rather, mental illness is diagnosed based on history and clinical presentation….

Depressive Disorders

Depressive disorders are characterized by low moods, feeling blue, or having apathy on exposure to a painful situation such as loss, disappointment, relationship problems, financial difficulties, and/or trauma. Bereavement, also known as grief, is differentiated from depression, in that bereavement is a normal reaction to the loss of a loved one and short-lived, whereas depression…

Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety disorders are characterized by extreme fear, nervousness, or worry on exposure to a feared stimulus, which can be an object, person, or situation. Fear is differentiated from anxiety, in that fear is a reaction to a current stimulus, whereas anxiety is fear of some future stimulus or anticipation of one. Anxiety becomes a problem…