Daily Archives: January 16, 2009

Featured Blog: In Practice

The featured blog is ‘In Practice‘ by psychiatrist Dr Peter Kramer who is an established writer with a number of published books including fiction as well as books on depression and Sigmund Freud. His posts are interesting and varied ranging from lighthearted considerations of what makes a blog to the more in-depth analyses of recently published studies.

As Kramer has particular expertise with depression and antidepressants we are able to gain very useful insights such as can be found in this article where he tells us of correspondence suggesting that the social network that arises on entry to an antidepressnt trial may in practice have effects similar to that of psychotherapy. In this post, Kramer looks at the 2008 study by Kirsch and colleagues about antidepressants and puts the results in context. Here is a neat defence of the diagnosis of depression in response to criticisms that it overlaps with ‘normal’ (i.e. non-pathological) sadness.

Kramer writes on a wide range of other topics. For instance, in this article he discusses his coinage of the term ‘cosmetic psychopharmacology‘ before the term was used elsewhere. In this article, Kramer writes about ‘imitative empathy‘ seeing it recur periodically. What is particularly interesting is when he brings his experience of psychiatry into the articles. For instance, here he writes of his three decades experience of attending the American Psychiatric Association Meetings and the many aspects to his experience of the conferences. In this post he comments on his perspective on changes in psychotherapy and he also writes about the Kindle and what it means for authors (himself included).

Kramer is an accomplished writer who brings literary flair to his blog. Given his deep theoretical understanding of depression and the treatment of depression, his posts on these topics are particularly instructive.

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