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In Transition

A Mental Health Column


Dr. Peter Melgaard Thompson

About the Author

Peter Melgaard Thompson, M.D., M.S. is Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas, Health Science Center, San Antonio. He was formerly Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Unit at UNM.

Introductory Column

In this introduction to In Transition Dr. Thompson gives a general overivew of normality, abnormality and mental illness.

On Depression

The signs of depression

On the Treatment of Mood Disorders - Part 1

Treatment options

On the Treatment of Mood Disorders - Part 2

Drugs to treat depression

Manic Depression and the New Year

Manic Depression and treatment

Anxiety Disorders

An introduction to anxiety disorders.

Anxiety and the Anxious: Where Does Obsession Compulsion Disorder (OCD) Fit In?

A discussion of OCD, what characterizes it, and methods of treatment.

Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Phobia

A discussion of GAD, Social and Specific Phobias, and their treatment.

Personality Disorders, Part 1

Defining normal and abnormal personalities and their origins

Personality Disorders, Part 2

A discussion of various types of personality disorder

Treating Personality Disorders

Psychotherapy and the role of medications

The Machine Is Not Broken

When persons refuse treatment

Schizophrenia - Are We on the Same Bus?

How do we recognize schitzophrenia?

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