News Mentions for the week of May 15, 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.
Cultivating Mental Well-Being in the Muslim Community: Debunking Myths, Steps Toward Seeking Support
Within Muslim communities, mental health remains a topic often shrouded in stigma and misunderstanding, despite its importance in bettering our overall health. Rania Awaad, clinical associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, writes this piece with colleagues.
- YTT Winter 2023
Finding Truth, Doing No Harm, and Being Curious - The Yoga of Research and Becoming a Practitioner-Scholar
This Yoga Therapy Today winter 2023 article explores how those who teach yoga clinically can engage in research in a manner that reflects the yamas and niyamas. Author Christiane Brems, clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, explores how to embrace the role of practioner-scholars, on page 18.
- CBC News
Is mandatory treatment 'compassionate' to people with addictions? Not everyone agrees
When it comes to addressing the drugs crisis in Alberta, the kind of policy the United Conservative Party or the New Democrats would implement has much to do with how the parties understand the concept of compassion for people addicted to drugs. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
- Washington Post
U.S. overdose deaths plateau in 2022, but still exceed 100,000
Drug overdose deaths in the United States plateaued in 2022 but still topped 100,000 — stark proof that the nation remains in the throes of a staggering crisis killing hundreds of Americans daily. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.
Is Medical Marijuana Good for Chronic Pain?
Medical weed is often prescribed for cancer pain, other chronic pain, and anxiety. A new study opens a conversation about just how much we know — and don’t know — when it comes to the benefits of medical cannabis. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
People Are Using ChatGPT in Place of Therapy—What Do Mental Health Experts Think?
Free or low-cost chatbots make it easy for people to seek mental health advice online. But psychologists say replacing your therapist with AI isn't safe. Bruce Arnow, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
How to Tell If You’re Using Substances to Numb Your Feelings
About 24% of Americans with mood disorders (like depression or bipolar disorder) and 22% of Americans with anxiety disorders (like generalized anxiety or social anxiety) self-medicate with drugs, alcohol, or both. In this article, Anna Lembke, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, talks about warning signs that you might be self-medicating, the pitfalls of relying on substances to deal with your emotions, and how to help yourself if this is affecting you.
- News Center - Stanford Medicine
Researchers treat depression by reversing brain signals traveling the wrong way
A new study led by Stanford Medicine researchers is the first to reveal how magnetic stimulation treats severe depression: by correcting the abnormal flow of brain signals. Anish Mitra, postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Nolan Williams, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, are featured along with colleagues in this press release. More news coverage can be found here.
- Los Angeles Times
Column: California doesn't need a new war on drugs. We need a war on addiction
California's Democratic lawmakers are split on how to fight the fentanyl epidemic, with many quietly supportive of punitive measures pushed by a handful of Republicans. Keith Humphreys, the Esther Ting Memorial professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, provides comment.
- Washington Post
‘The Good Doctor’ memes go viral, reigniting debate about autism portrayal
Among autism advocates and experts, opinions about the character of Dr. Shaun Murphy are mixed. Lawrence Fung, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, is quoted.