June 10, 2014 |
DR. PAUL J. FINK admitted to feeling a bit uneasy. There he was with 100 community leaders at an anti-crime summit in Graterford prison, sitting across from 100 inmates who were unlikely ever again to see the light of freedom. To get to the chapel, where the meeting was held, Fink and his group had to follow guards through the many clanging gates and locks that served as a stark reminder of what it must be like to be shut away for life. But to Dr. Fink's relief and satisfaction, the inmates were just as eager as the community leaders to find answers to what was happening to young people outside in the violent streets.
April 11, 2014 |
When Robert Whitaker's book, which questioned the extensive and long-term use of medications in psychiatry, was published in 2010, doctors treated him like a "heretic," he said. So it has been something of a vindication that people like William Dubin, chair of psychiatry at the Temple University School of Medicine, have started inviting him to speak to their peers and students. "It can, of course, be tense. It can be difficult," he said. "On the other hand, increasingly, the receptions have been more open-minded, and I think, actually, psychiatry is trying to rethink their use of medications.
May 31, 2013 |
PATRICK J. McDonough had a long, serious, creative career as a psychiatrist and mental-hospital administrator, but he could also do a mean imitation of Jerry Lewis. He came home from a college break one day and entertained his family with an exuberant rendition of the comedian belting out "Singin' in the Rain. " In other words, for all the seriousness of his profession, Patrick McDonough had a lighter side. "A wicked sense of humor," as his family put it, and a passion for the fun aspects of local sports that included residence in the rowdy 700 level of old Veterans Stadium and tailgating with a flair.
April 26, 2013 |
Herman S. Belmont, 93, a Philadelphia psychiatrist in the forefront of child mental-health advocacy, died Saturday, April 20, of heart failure at the Quadrangle in Haverford. Before moving to the Quadrangle in 2003, he lived with his family in Elkins Park. During a 45-year career, Dr. Belmont worked on behalf of children here and across the country, his family said. He developed ways of designing services and providing treatment to youngsters outside a hospital setting. From those efforts emerged some of Philadelphia's first community mental-health programs for children and youth.
January 12, 2013 |
Every year, 1.7 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries, the result of car accidents, sports, gunshots, and mishaps as seemingly minor as a slip and fall. The rehabilitative path on which many embark was paved in part by Dr. Irwin W. Pollack. A professor of psychiatry and neurology at New Jersey's Robert Wood Johnson Medical School from 1968 to 1998, Dr. Pollack was among the pioneers of an integrated therapy now standard in the field. Where disabilities once were treated piecemeal, he marshaled myriad specialties in a team effort to give head-injury patients if not their old lives back, then new lives.
July 31, 2012 |
Over her life, June Sams has been told she has schizophrenia and four mental health disorders: bipolar, post-traumatic stress, major depressive, and personality. The 60-year-old Chester woman's current diagnoses - she thinks these fit - are major depressive and generalized anxiety disorders plus PTSD due to childhood trauma. A doctor told Elisa-Beth Gardner, 51, of Swarthmore, that she had borderline personality disorder (BPD) in 1996. Three months later, she was told she had bipolar disorder.
May 5, 2012 |
When upward of 10,000 members of the American Psychiatric Association meet here this weekend, they'll be met by protesters - there are always protesters - and tough questions about where their profession is headed and how it will define normalcy for the rest of us. The official theme of the annual meeting, which opens Saturday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, is integrated care, a nod to the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of medicine...
July 13, 2011 |
A University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor has filed a complaint with federal officials alleging that two of his colleagues, including the chair of Penn's psychiatry department, engaged in research misconduct by allowing their names to be placed on a study published 10 years ago that was ghostwritten by a "medical communications company. " The study, funded by what is now GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institutes of Health, looked at the impact of Glaxo's antidepressant drug Paxil on depression in patients with bipolar disorder.
July 12, 2011 |
A University of Pennsylvania psychiatry professor has filed a complaint with the federal Office of Research Integrity charging that two of his colleagues engaged in research misconduct by allowing their names to be placed on a study published 10 years ago that was ghostwritten by a "medical communications company. " The study, which was funded by what is now GlaxoSmithKline and the National Institutes of Health, looked at the impact of GSK's antidepressant drug Paxil on depression in patients with bipolar disorder.