My name is Scott Zentner, aka "Doctor Z" to my patients. I'm a board-certified psychiatrist in Monroe,
Louisiana, which also happens to be my hometown.
Why am I here? Quite frankly, to offer a little common sense
and balance to what are largely philosophical debates over the causes and cures of various mental health problems. It's
my view that these unresolved squabbles have divided the psychiatric profession into polarized camps, with historically a
psychoanalytical or neurobiological bias dominating in alternating fashion. Though Psychiatry has made valuable contributions
to society, it's also endured a number of embarrassments--perhaps influenced by the unsound practice patterns that have arisen
from its internal disputes. To make mention of one notable example, we have yet to overcome our infamy from past inappropriate
usage of shock therapy. One of the more worrisome recent trends is the tendency of some of my colleagues to quickly
label their patients with dubious mental illnesses and limit their treatment interventions to a 5 second prescription (a far
cry from the "50 minute hour"). Many factors are responsible for this practice shift, namely pseudoscientific dogma
and the almighty dollar!
any further, I suppose some type of disclaimer is in order: While this site is primarily intended for consumption (or
emesis) by fellow brethren, some aspects may be appealing to the lay reader. However, if you're in the latter category
and seeking help, I suggest that you first contact a reputable professional in your community for consultation in lieu of
relying on this site for personal guidance.
Now then, what can you expect from me? Periodically, I'll write
a column about a particularly controversial psychiatric diagnosis, with my insights regarding evaluation and treatment
issues. Occasionally, I may offer commentary about a subject peripherally related to psychiatry, or throw
in a mind teaser or two for boredom relief. I've also included a link at the bottom of this page to "sound
off" your view on a relevant topic of debate. Finally, I've added some of my favorite mental health links, which I think
you'll find both informative and humorous.
In closing, my
goal is that this venue will allow us an opportunity to share clinical experiences and ideas, through candid discussion,
that will serve to lessen rather than enhance the contentiousness that exists in psychiatry today. "For one brief shining
moment", as in Camelot, we enjoyed relative unity during the biopsychosocial era. I can only hope we will
live it again. Welcoming your questions and comments, I am...
P.S. And to all you men out there...For the key to a successful marriage, click
on "The Man Song" below.
The Man Song
To laugh often and much;
to win the
respect of intelligent people
and the affection of children;
to earn the appreciation of honest critics
and endure the betrayal of false friends;
to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others;
the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child,
a garden patch
a redeemed social condition;
to know even one life has breathed easier
because you have lived.
is to have succeeded.
Author Unknown (often incorrectly attributed to Emerson)
Sound Off: What's your view?
Dr. Edward Hume shares his wit and knowledge in Psychiatry
Provocative but refreshing critique of Psychiatry today
A timely emphasis on the role of family dysfunction in behavioral
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Mucho information on mental disorders from A to Z
Everything you'd want to know about how people think, feel, and
Comprehensive, sponsor-free, educational resource
written by Max Ehrmann in the 1920s --
Go placidly amid
the noise and the haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
far as possible, without surrender,
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements
as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing
fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs,
for the world
is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or
not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy
confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery,
and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
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