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

Recent Posts

  • What We Learned in 2020
    A look at the top 10 practice-changing highlights in psychiatry from the 2020 Carlat Report. Tardive dyskinesia, inflammation, […]
  • Retracted
    What happens when research goes wrong? Fabrication, fraud, and plagiarism can condemn a scientific article to retraction. The problem has been on the rise since 2000, and we get to the bottom of it with Ivan Oransky, cofounder of RetractionWach.com.
  • Therapy in the Med Visit: An Interview with Donna Sudak
    Donna Sudak shares her tips for weaving cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) into the 30-minute psychotherapy session with medication.
  • How to Sleep: CBT for Insomnia
    Want to get better sleep without medication? Cognitive behavioral therapy treats insomnia as well as a sleep med, and it also improves depression and immune function. This podcast introduces the first steps of the therapy.
  • One Medication Stands Out for Depression with Alcohol Abuse
    Disulfiram (Antabuse) helped people with depression get sober from alcohol better than any other medication in a new study
  • Ritalin, Provigil, and Caffeine Compared
    How do methylphenidate (Ritalin), modafinil (Provigil), and caffeine affect memory and attention? A new study compares them in healthy men.
  • Psychotherapy Side Effects: An Interview with Michael Linden
    Can psychotherapy have side effects? Michael Linden believes it can. He launched some of the key studies that shed light on this under-appreciated phenomenon, and discusses them in this podcast-interview.

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.


  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