Why Are the Brains of Teens and Young Adults So Prone to Addiction and Its Deadly Consequences?

It is well-established that teenagers and young adults tend to be more vulnerable to addiction and other forms of reckless behavior compared to other age groups. And when they do become addicted, the consequences are often more severe. A group of neurologists convened recently to discuss these problems at “The Addicted Brain and New Treatment…

Suicide

Suicide is a terrible but preventable loss of loss which also produces lifelong effects in the victim’s family and friends. Almost 1% of the US population will die from suicide with men out numbering women. It is estimated that 12-15 suicide attempts occur for every death. Young people 15-24 are especially vulnerable, where it is…

Are Antidepressants Being Overprescribed?

It is rare that someone comes to my psychiatric practice for the first time not currently taking an antidepressant or having taken one in the past. In discussions with my internal medicine colleagues, they frequently comment on the increased use of this class of medications in their patient populations. So, a frequent question is:  Are…