News Mentions for the week of May 1, 2023
Our experts are often called upon to provide insight on current events and topics in the news. Here are some of the articles Stanford Psychiatry faculty have been interviewed for in recent weeks.
- NY Times
America’s New Drug Policy
Bipartisan support now exists for a once-radical approach to drugs. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- New England Journal of Medicine - Intention to Treat Podcast
Race Relations and the First Paramedics
This episode of “Intention to Treat” tells the story of the Freedom House Ambulance Service — the country’s very first paramedics — a group of people in the Black community of Pittsburgh that revolutionized medical care. In this episode, they discuss an article by Matthew Edwards, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, published in April 2021.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Feeling alone? Here are ways to combat loneliness and isolation
Loneliness doesn't have to be a permanent state, and there are science-backed ways to combat it. David Spiegel, Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- Scope Blog - Stanford Medicine
What does it mean to be neurodiverse in medicine?
Stanford Medicine neurodiversity and autism expert Lawrence Fung, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, discusses what it means to be neurodiverse in medicine.
How the opioid backlash went wrong
Patients with legitimate medical needs are losing access to opioids while addiction and overdose rates continue to climb. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment in this article.
- NY Times
My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion
Pi, an A.I. tool that debuted this week, is a twist on the new wave of chatbots: It assists people with their wellness and emotions. Adam Miner, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted on the subject.
Stanford researchers scoured every reputable study for the link between video games and gun violence that politicians point to. Here's what the review found
Members of the Stanford Brainstorm Lab, which focuses on technology and mental health, spent months looking for any causal link between video games and violence. David Dupee, resident in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Varun Thvar, research intern, and Nina Vasan, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, write about their findings in this article.
- Exploring your mind
Does Coaching Work as Therapy?
Does coaching work as therapy? Without a doubt, many people consider it at times when they’re feeling stuck, suffering emotionally, or are unable to clarify their purposes and achieve self-realization and happiness. Indeed, this method is a good resource for promoting personal growth. Elias Aboujaoude, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is mentioned for an article on the subject.
- KPIX - CBS News Bay Area
May is Mental Health Awareness Month
David Spiegel, Willson Professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, explains the differences between anxiety disorders and mood disorders, as well as the main causes of depression and anxiety, and what steps to take if you or someone you know may be struggling with mental health.
Christian Bale’s Most Disturbing Movie and the Dark History of Sleep Science
You’ve probably had a sleepless night every now and then. But chances are, you’ve never experienced anything like Trevor Reznik’s insomnia. The gaunt industrial worker, played by Christian Bale in the 2004 film The Machinist, has been awake for an entire year. So what happens when someone doesn’t sleep — at all — for a long period of time? Jamie Zeitzer, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
Crimes in Paterson's Muslim community open discussion about mental health stigma
In the wake of troubling crimes in Paterson, NJ, Muslim leaders say it's time to talk about mental health. Rania Awaad, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- Healthier, Happy Lives Blog - Stanford Medicine Children’s Health
When Building a Family Doesn’t Come Easily
In honor of the Mental Health Awareness Month and the recent National Infertility Awareness Week, the SCH blog team asked experts to discuss a very specific topic: the emotional challenges people have when trying to get pregnant but not succeeding. Ellie Williams, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, Neda Kharrazi, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and colleague Brent Monseur, postdoctoral medical fellow in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, share their perspectives.
- San Francisco Chronicle
Warriors’ Draymond Green wasn’t always the villain. He is now
One element of the electric atmosphere looming at Golden 1 Center is easy to predict - Kings fans will shower Draymond Green with ringing, vigorous boos from the moment he steps into view until the moment he departs. This all raises some interesting, wider-scope questions about the psychology of a sports 'villain.' Can it be liberating for a professional athlete in the heat of competition? Or does it increase the scrutiny and pressure to perform? Or maybe both? Francesco Dandekar, clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.