September 14, 2023

Youth suicidality: What is it and what is UTHealth Houston Department of Psychiatry doing about it?

Written By: Meaghan Cowles, LCSW-S The month of September is known as suicide awareness month and a lot of attention is brought to the topic. Youth suicidality is when a young person, typically between the ages of 10 to 24…

May 16, 2023

Post-Concussive Depression – It’s real, it’s serious, and it happens a lot.

Written by: Deborah M. Little, PhD Scope of the problem: In the United States alone, there are an estimated 2.5 million new brain injuries each year. This number continues to increase as our surveillance of injuries continues to improve. Background:…

May 4, 2023

May the 4th be with you!

Written by: Katherine Miner, LCSW  Yoda [points to a cave opening beneath a large tree] “That place… is strong with the dark side of the Force. A domain of evil it is. In you must go.” Luke: “What’s in there?”…

April 27, 2023

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adulthood

Written by: Amy K. Izuno-Garcia, PhD NCSP, Katherine A. Loveland, PhD Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adulthood April is Autism Acceptance month. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder marked by differences in social communication and interaction as well as…

April 11, 2023

Behavioral Therapy Plus Naltrexone-Bupropion Combination May Reduce Binge Eating

Written By: Dr. Luca Lavagnino Binge Eating Disorder (BED) is the most common eating disorder in the United States. It is characterized by recurrent (i.e. weekly) episodes of overeating with a sense of loss of control. It is often associated…

March 29, 2023

ECT and Brain Stimulation Programs

Written by: Dr. Luis Fernandez Depression is a real and tangible condition to an outside observer (ie the psychiatrist).  The sufferer, however, might experience it as a sense of failure, lack of will, or something to blame on the self. …

March 21, 2023

Mental Health and Climate Change

Written By: Jose A. Arriola Vigo, MD, MPH Climate change is recognized as one of the top threats to global health in the 21st century. Its scale is massive and with inaction it continues to grow. Extreme weather events such…

March 14, 2023

Psychedelic Trials and Research

Written By: Alia Warner, PhD What’s Up with All This Psychedelic Stuff? While catching up over the holidays, my father asked me a timely and earnest question, “What’s up with all this psychedelic stuff?” The recent explosion of psychedelic research…

March 7, 2023

An Ode to 2022

Written by Taiwo Babatope, MD, MPH, MBA. An Ode to 2022. As I sit in quiet solitude to reflect on how the last 365 days have gone It feels unbelievably surreal to find much has been far long gone Everything…

February 28, 2023

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

Written by: Heather Webber, PhD. As a community we have learned a lot about addiction in the last several decades. Addiction has been strongly stigmatized, with some believing that addiction is a result of a weak character or moral failing….