At first blush, this year's gathering of the American Psychiatric Association had the air of a coronation. It kicked off at the George Moscone Center in San Francisco just as the dust was settling on Google's I/O 13, with a keynote by former president Bill Clinton and a grand unveiling of the newly ... More >>
As far as epidemics go, childhood obesity may inspire more giggles than fear. But unlike SARS or swine flu, (remember that, when we were all gonna die?) it's no joke. Some 20 percent of kids today are fat.Genetics plays a role, but diet and exercise -- or lack thereof -- are usually the twin culprit ... More >>
Richard Gardner, father of PASA scientific task force evaluating psychological conditions for formal inclusion in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will recommend that the controversial theory known as "Parental Alienation Syndrome" (PAS) or "Parental A ... More >>
PAS: Mad science?Slate published an excellent story this week on the battle over whether to include the theory of "Parental Alienation Syndrome" in the next edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Like almost every other informed and disinterested observer who has as ... More >>
Richard GardnerOne of the more controversial topics addressed in our recent coverage of problems in California's family courts is the legitimacy of 'Parental Alienation Syndrome.' Invented by the late Richard Gardner -- a psychiatrist who argued that society treated pedophiles too harshly before ... More >>
At my desk where I never use my work computer to look at porn. Except when I do.The front page of the Datebook in Monday's Chronicle offered a photograph of a pair of hands bound by the cord of a computer mouse and the headline "Putting Lives on the Line for Porn." The story opens with what the w ... More >>
They pile up their stuff to the point of fire danger and rat infestation. A task force is taking on this nearly insurmountable problem.
Or is a new law that puts sexual predators in long-term psychiatric lock-up really -- and finally -- justice for perverts?