May 26, 2011 — Since antiquity, medical personnel have dismissed highly emotional women as "hysterical." In Medical Muses, Asti Hustvedt travels back to a 19th-century Parisian hospital in an attempt to understand — and humanize — history's hysterics.
May 3, 2011 — For a profession devoted to dialogue and understanding, psychiatry is awfully misunderstood. You know the stereotype: the long couch, the dim lighting and the soothing voice asking, "And how did that make you feel?" In Shrink Rap, three psychiatrists explain what they really do all day.
Jul 13, 2010 — What's wrong with the field of psychiatry? Psychiatrist Daniel Carlat says some American psychiatrists are too busy prescribing drugs to actually talk to people. Carlat talks about the forgotten art of therapy and the influence of drug companies on the profession in his new book, Unhinged.
Apr 24, 2008 — In his new book, Charles Barber argues that Americans are over-prescribed antidepressants. Biological psychiatry, says Barber, is no substitute for psychotherapy.
Feb 14, 2008 — Americans love to be happy — just look at the self-help section of your local book store. But writer and professor Eric Wilson concludes there is a vital need for sadness in the world and says we're missing out if we medicate it away.