The featured blog is ‘Marks Psychiatry’. This is a blog by Dr Tracey Marks, a psychiatrist who specialises in general adult and forensic psychiatry.
The blog is well presented with a simple and effective outlay. There is a scroll-down archive box on the right hand side which makes navigating the site much easier. The first post in the archive is dated May 2007 and looks at the duration of medication treatment for depression. This post gives a flavour of other posts on the blog with an easy to understand style aimed at the lay reader. A number of posts address psychological issues through an explanation of the underlying theory sometimes with fictional case studies and also by looking at some of the research literature. A number of articles are linked in a series. For instance Marks also covers the controversial topic of ‘internet addiction’ in these articles (here and here) by looking at a 1998 article by Young together with further reflection on the subject. In another post, Marks looks at some research on the relationship between the economic climate and sleep as well as the health benefits of sleep and follows this up with another post on sleep hygiene as well as the benefits of sleep for ADHD symptoms. There are a number of interesting and topical subjects. For instance this article looks at the emerging area of online pharmacies and links to relevant FDA guidelines.
In summary, I found this to be a well presented blog covering psychiatric topics in an easy to understand manner aimed at the lay audience but a number of the posts would also be of interest to the professional.
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