Treating Mental Health Disorders with a Ketogenic Diet
1:26:57In today’s episode of the podcast, we interview Dr. Chris Palmer, a psychiatrist, researcher, and expert in using the keto diet as a medical treatment for some treatment-resistant patients. Dr. Palmer is currently the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He also runs his private practice specializing in treatment-resistant mental health patients. Link to blog here.
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The Encouraged Suicide of Conrad Roy by Michelle Carter
1:04:11In this episode, Dr. Corrin Pelini and Dr. Michael Cummings join the podcast to discuss the documentary involving the 2014 case involving Michelle Carter and Conrad Roy, both teenagers at the time in Massachusetts. The state of Massachusetts investigated the suicide of Conrad and filed a charge of involuntary manslaughter against Michelle. We discuss our views on the documentary as well as possible treatments that could have been used. Link to blog here.
The Psychology Behind Catfishing
51:20Amidst the rise of dating apps and websites lurks a new form of deviance: online romance scams. In this episode, we interview Dr. Annabel Kuhn on the subject of online catfishing relationship scams. We discuss with Dr. Kuhn how to identify an online scammer, the personality types of both the scammer and the scammed, and how providers can help patients who have fallen victim to such a scam. Link to blog here.
What is Parental Alienation?
1:11:56In this episode of the podcast, we interview Alyse Price-Tobler, who is a practicing clinical psychotherapist (MCAP) and also in her final year of her PhD., and Dr. Mandy Matthewson on the topic of parental alienation. Note: This will be discussed as a form of family violence and child abuse. As such, the content of this presentation will involve discussion of child abuse and its consequences. Please speak to someone if you become distressed during or after this presentation. Link to blog here.
Obesity and Weight Loss with Endocrinologist Rocio Salas-Whalen
41:15In today’s episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Rocio Salas-Whalen, owner of New York Endocrinology on Park Avenue. Dr. Salas-Whalen has deep expertise in diabetes, metabolism, obesity, thyroid abnormalities and other endocrine disorders. She completed her internal medicine residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and her endocrinology fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Additionally, she was a research fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is board certified in Obesity Medicine. We will be discussing obesity and weight loss. The definition of obesity has changed significantly in the last few years. In 1942, WHO classified obesity as a chronic disease. In 2013, the American Medical Association accepted it as a chronic metabolic and multifactorial disease. Link to blog here.
Polypharmacy in Psychiatry
1:08:00Becoming an expert at reducing polypharmacy requires being an expert in not only psychopharmacology, but being a coach that directs a patient toward a holistic path. In this episode, I am joined by Jacob McBride, D.O., a psychiatrist in Pittsburgh, PA. We will be discussing some issues within polypharmacy and encouraging more holistic care for patients. Link to blog here.
What Causes Mass Shooting In America?
1:15:00In this week’s episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Ragy Girgis, a clinical researcher at Columbia University in New York where he also completed his residency in psychiatry in 2009. He received a T32 (training grant) during this time and now conducts clinical trials and high-risk psychosis research. He practiced privately for a time, but is now a full-time clinical researcher. Although primarily a schizophrenia researcher, his interest led him to research the relationship between schizophrenia and mass shootings, leading to the creation of what may be the largest database on mass murder and mass shootings, studying cases dating all the way back to 1900. Link to blog here.
Is Depression a Chemical Imbalance?
1:02:34In this episode, we welcome back Dr. Michael Cummings to discuss a new study that explores the idea that depression may not be merely a chemical imbalance. This episode covers the origin of belief in the connection of depression with a chemical imbalance, the new study that has created questions surrounding the efficacy of antidepressants, and a holistic view on the treatment of depression. Link to Blog.
The Integration of Psychotherapy as a Treatment Modality
1:12:48In today’s episode of the podcast, I speak with Dr. Mary Jo Peebles, a renowned psychoanalyst, speaker and author, about the significance of psychotherapy from her most recent book, When Psychotherapy Seems Stuck. Dr. Peebles received her Bachelors of Psychology from Wellesley College and her PhD in clinical psychology from Case Western Reserve University. She currently works at her private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. Link to Blog.