Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “The Interplay of Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders” by Blair Uniacke, MD and Allegra Broft, MD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “The Interplay of Mood Disorders and Eating Disorders” by Blair Uniacke, MD and Allegra Broft, MD, May 26, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times:

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Update on Diagnostic Issues for Borderline Personality Disorder” by Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD, Chloe Campbell, PhD, and Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Update on Diagnostic Issues for Borderline Personality Disorder” by Peter Fonagy, OBE, FMedSci, FBA, PhD, Chloe Campbell, PhD, and Anthony W. Bateman, MA, FRCPsych, July 19, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times:

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Borderline or Bipolar: Objective Data Support a Difference” by James Phelps, MD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on“Borderline or Bipolar: Objective Data Support a Difference” by James Phelps, MD, July 11, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times:

Dr. Phelps is going too far too fast in concluding these results are valid or objective.

The study he references here
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25697732

studied 20 subjects with Borderline personality disorder (BPD) and 20 with euthymic bipolar disorder (BD)

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Separating the Wheat From the Chaff” by Allan Tasman, MD – Continued

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Separating the Wheat From the Chaff” by Allan Tasman, MD, September 14, 2015 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

Dr. Tasman, while I applaud your statement that our field deals with argument by “…dispassionate reviews of data gathered with exceptionally high standards for scientific research”, it is hard to understand your recent editorial here:

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Separating the Wheat From the Chaff” by Allan Tasman, MD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Separating the Wheat From the Chaff” by Allan Tasman, MD, September 14, 2015 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

The article Dr. Tasman reports on requires a nuanced examination.

The article reported on:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/28/magazine/tell-it-about-your-mother.html?_r=1 is a long, somewhat flashy and nostalgic, non-scientific description of the attempt to correlate psychoanalysis, specifically only the transference aspect, to some changes in the brain.

Looking further into the article behind it here:

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Blood, Truth—and the Decision to Transfuse” by Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSB, DPS

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Blood, Truth—and the Decision to Transfuse” by Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSB, DPS,  June 17, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

I think Dr. Geppert made this case more complex than necessary.

S can only act as surrogate if state law allows, and then the hospital legal dept needs to confirm S fulfills the criteria. The case is stated as emergent and so there is no time to investigate S’s status, so she has no confirmed legal connection to Mr. M for this current decision.

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Expert Q&A: Bipolar Disorder” by Terence A. Ketter, MD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Expert Q&A: Bipolar Disorder” by Terence A. Ketter, MD, June 03, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

In Q2 you state that mixed features can be seen in both unipolar or bipolar depression. It seems strange to word unipolar people as having “mixed features”. “Mixed” must mean they have hypomanic symptoms.

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychiatry: Update on Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations” by Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD and James Mcpartland, PhD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Autism Spectrum Disorders and Psychiatry: Update on Diagnostic and Treatment Considerations” by Jennifer Foss-Feig, PhD and James Mcpartland, PhD, June 20th, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

The author describes various behavioral interventions for autism. They state the ABA approach has been effective and provide reference #5 by Smith. Besides the fact that the article by Smith is not exactly ABA, these approaches are all studied with neither subjects nor treaters blind to the therapy given

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “Key Studies That Inform Clinical Practice: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry” by Nadyah Janine John, MD and Sy Atezaz Saeed, MD, MS

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “Key Studies That Inform Clinical Practice: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry”, by Nadyah Janine John, MD and Sy Atezaz Saeed, MD, MS,  June 21, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

On the first paper they review on the treatment of depression, the authors state that, “Combination medication and psychotherapy has been identified as first-line treatment in the evidence base” in depressed adolescents.

Read More


Dr. Douglas Berger in Tokyo Comments on “The Influence of Diet on ADHD” By Kathleen F. Holton, PhD, MPH, Jeanette M. Johnstone, PhD, Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD, and Joel T. Nigg, PhD

Tokyo psychiatrist, Dr. Douglas Berger, comments on “The Influence of Diet on ADHD” by Kathleen F. Holton, PhD, MPH, Jeanette M. Johnstone, PhD, Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD, and Joel T. Nigg, PhD, September 30, 2016 issue of the Psychiatric Times.

The authors of this PT article reference a case-controlled study in China that looked at the risk of ADHD and diet. They state that a diet high in minerals and protein suggested a 47% reduced risk of ADHD.

Read More