Mental Health

Political Reductionism and Social Media: The Perfect Brain Poison & A Possible Antidote

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Since I was in middle school, I’ve never liked the idea of latching on to any political ideology as truth. Why do I have to pick a side? Wouldn’t my views evolve as I aged? Won’t specific issues become less or more important to me as I get older and, hopefully, wiser? Wouldn’t I have […]

World Boxing Champion Mia St. John on Her Current Fight: The State-Sponsored Mental HealthCare System

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                A conversation between Mia St. John and Erin Stair, MD, MPH I’m thrilled to feature Mia St. John who is famous for her exceptionally successful international boxing career, most notably being a five time World Boxing champion. Mia is no longer boxing, but she’s still fighting, and […]

A Cardiologist’s Experience with Benzodiazepine Dependence and Withdrawal

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I am a 40 year old cardiologist from the state of Texas, and I have been harmed by benzodiazepines. I was prescribed Xanax 0.5 mg three times daily as needed by my primary care physician during a health crisis in August 2015 (severe dry eye syndrome). I started out taking Xanax 0.25 mg nightly only […]

Manic Kingdom: Interview with Psych Central about My Book & The Ambiguity of Diagnosing Mental Illness

Manic Kingdom: Interview with Psych Central about My Book & The Ambiguity of Diagnosing Mental Illness

Below is a video interview I did with Gabe Howard and The Psych Central Podcast about my book Manic Kingdom, mental illness and embracing ambiguity.  I will admit that I was caught off guard during the interview, because I didn’t realize it was expected that each guest has a mental illness diagnosis. ( I should […]

How to Bounce Back from a Mental Breakdown: An Honest, Practical Approach

How to Bounce Back from a Mental Breakdown: An Honest, Practical Approach

By: Erin Stair, MD, MPH ( This was originally posted on The Mighty’s website) Bouncing back from a mental breakdown isn’t easy. In addition to restoring your mental health, you will need to potentially restore your reputation, relationships, job or school status and even your view of yourself. The stigma against mental illness complicates and […]

Myo-Inositol: For Bulimia, OCD & Panic Attacks?

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Myo-Inositol is an isomer of glucose, or basic sugar, and naturally consumed in an average human’s diet. It is used in the phosphatidyinositol cycle, a metabolic process that helps mediate hormones, and it is also part of a second messenger system at the cellular level, including messenger systems that lead to the production of serotonin […]

Depression in the Modern World: Treatment Implications for a Social Brain

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(This is a guest post written by Dr. Douglas Watt, Ph.D. His bio is included at the end of the piece.)  Depression: It’s Not a Chemical Imbalance: In Part I on depression, I talked about the uncritical acceptance of a cultural meme propagated by big Pharma and by mainstream Psychiatry that depression can be meaningfully […]

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