The Ghaemi Psychiatry Podcast

Independent, Scientific, Humanistic, and not the Conventional Wisdom

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Episode 10: The invalidity of “Adult ADD”

Summary Adult ADD is diagnosed frequently, but this podcast describes how it really represents other conditions, like mood or anxiety states or mood temperaments, or how it reflects normal inattention.   For further reading, see:  https://psychiatryletter.com/adult-add/ Some of the cited articles are linked in that reading. All the sources also are referenced in SN Ghaemi,…

Episode 4: Lithium – An ignored solution to suicide?

Summary Recently the country musician Naomi Judd, who had been open about years of severe mood illness, died by suicide. Suicide rates are increasing, yet a simple proven solution is being ignored: Lithium, the only drug proven to prevent suicide. Listen to learn more.  Sources mentioned: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24919696/ https://www.bmj.com/content/346/bmj.f3646.full.pdf+html https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34787653/ — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/nassir-ghaemi/support Transcription

Episode 6: Psychiatric drugs: Symptomatic versus disease-modifying

Summary I discuss my recent article defining psychiatric drugs in two categories: those that improve symptoms and those that affect the underlying disease process. Most psychiatric drugs are symptomatic, and not disease-modifying, and thus should be used less and short-term, in my view. Disease modifying drugs should be used more and long-term. They include lithium…


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