PsychEducation is a guide to depression, bipolar, and brain health from Jim Phelps, MD and Chris Aiken, MD

Recent Posts

  • Mood, Metabolism, and Cognition: An Interview with Rodrigo Mansur
    In this podcast we look at three ways that the body influences the brain – through neurohormones, inflammation, and metabolic health. Dr. Rodrigo Mansur delves into that last one in our expert interview, and we end with a new app – Thinc-IT – that measures cognition in patients.
  • Do Benzos Treat Depression?
    Around 50 controlled trials have tested benzodiazepines in depression, and the results are surprising. In this episode we look at the controversies surrounding this research and what it means for practice.
  • COVID, Benzos, and Opioids
    Overdose deaths have been rising during COVID, but simply stopping the drug causes problems of its own. In this podcast, Ashwin Patkar and Richard Weisler discuss how to reduce the risk of opioid deaths in psychiatric patients.
  • How to Stop Benzos and Stimulants
    Swapnil Gupta, author of Deprescribing in Psychiatry, shares tips on how to help patients taper off benzodiazepines and psychostimulants in this podcast. She adds a special therapeutic ingredient, but it’s not a medication. Then we digress into one of the oldest medications known to humankind: Opium.
  • Hagop Akiskal and the Bipolar Spectrum
    Hagop Akiskal was known for the bipolar spectrum, but that was just the latest in a 50 year career that constantly pushed psychiatry in new directions. As soon as his ideas entered the mainstream, he moved on to the next controversy, and on January 20th 2021 he moved on from this life. In this podcast, we look back on his legacy, beginning in the early 1970’s when Dr. Akiskal reshaped the way we think about depression, particularly the false dichotomy between stress-induced vs. biological depression.
  • What Works Best in Treatment Resistant Depression Part 1
    Treatment resistant depression (TRD) is defined as failure of two antidepressants, but most research on TRD was done in patients who only failed one antidepressant.
  • How to Sleep
    Sleep medications are helpful, but they are not a long term solution, and they usually don’t work all the way. In this podcast we’ll teach you how fix insomnia by harnessing the biological forces that drive sleep.

Online Books

The Mood Spectrum

1 in 3 people with depression fall in the middle of the mood spectrum (aka bipolar spectrum). Learn what that means and how to treat it.

Antidepressants in Bipolar

Learn whether they work, when they make things worse, and how to come off them

Genes, Stress, and the Brain

How genes interact with stress to shape the brain

The Bipolar Brain

Mechanisms and causes of bipolar and depression

Paper Books

Depression and Bipolar Workbook

30 lifestyle changes you can make that treat depression and stabilize bipolar.

A Spectrum Approach to Mood Disorders

A practical textbook for physicians, nurses, therapists, and those who want to understand the science behind the spectrum.

Bipolar, Not So Much

How the mood spectrum looks in real life, with detailed chapters on natural therapies, medications, and tips for friends and family.


Favorites

  1. Diagnosis in the Mood Spectrum
  2. Depression is not a Moral Weakness
  3. Mixed States, Depression & Anxiety
  4. Treatment Basics: The Middle of the Mood Spectrum
  5. Antidepressants that aren’t “Antidepressants”
  6. How to Choose a Mood Stabilizer
  7. Dark Therapy for Sleep and Bipolar