Psych Congress Year-Round

Psych Congress Steering Committee members discuss their favorite sessions and aspects of the 31st annual conference, held in Orlando, Fla. Oct. 25-28, 2018.


 Paul Zarkowski, MD

ORLANDO, Fla.—Today’s psychiatric formulary contains a vast number of medications, but just a few neurotransmitters to manipulate, Paul Zarkowski, MD, said. When additional medications are added, the actions of medications already being taken can be blocked, he said.

ORLANDO, Fla.—A friendly debate between 2 thought leaders followed by a vote at Psych Congress 2018 exhibited the divide that persists on a controversial topic in mental health.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Data on esketamine nasal spray, focusing on efficacy, tolerability, and predictors of response and remission, were presented in 4 poster abstracts at Psych Congress 2018.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Mental health clinicians should avoid antidepressants in patients with depressive symptoms that coexist with symptoms of mania, Joseph F. Goldberg, MD, advised attendees at Psych Congress 2018.

ORLANDO, Fla.—Infusion with the investigational compound brexanolone outperformed selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for the treatment of postpartum depression, according to a study presented at Psych Congress 2018.



BLOG: Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water left me chewing on its deep psychological themes of archetypal shadow, paranoia, finding ourselves reflected in another, and the redemptive power of love.

BLOG: 319 days into 2017, we have had 391 mass shootings in the United States. That’s more than one each day this year. Sit with that for a moment.

BLOG: Recent qualitative studies on subjects treated with psilocybin may begin to help us understand the subjective experience caused by the drug that may lead to its antidepressant effects.



Steven Potkin, MD; Michael Tocco, PhD; Andrei Pikalov, MD, PhD; Jay Hsu, PhD; Josephine Cucchiaro, PhD; Antony Loebel, MD
Steven Potkin, MD; Michael Tocco, PhD; Yongcai Mao, PhD; Josephine Cucchiaro, PhD; Andrei Pikalov, MD, PhD; Antony Loebel, MD
Victor Sung, MD; Daniel O. Claassen, MD; Mary C. Edmondson, MD; Samuel Frank, MD; David Oakes, PhD; David Stamler, MD; Claudia M. Testa, MD, PhD




Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC, a Psych Congress Steering Commitee member, explains the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ-9), the gold standard measurement tool in major depression.

Temple Grandin

Author and speaker Temple Grandin, PhD, explained the various sensory issues faced by young people who have autism, and the need for treatment to be tailored to those issues, during a talk at Psych Congress 2017.

Temple Grandin

Bestselling author Temple Grandin, PhD, spoke to hundreds of Psych Congress 2017 attendees about the difficulties  faced by young people with autism, and how adults can help them overcome those challenges. Watch part of her presentation here.