The Riggs Blog
The Riggs Blog is a mix of news about clinical work, research and educational activities from the Austen Riggs Center, as well as a source for information beyond our walls that we find interesting and thought-provoking. Senior clinical experts, researchers, and editors review all clinical content on this blog before it is published.
At a certain juncture in their training, some medical students and psychiatric residents confront a profound question: What is the best intervention to treat patients suffering with mental health problems—Is it medication? Is it psychotherapy? Is it both?
Anne Dailey, J.D., has spent the last three months in the Berkshires as the Erikson Scholar at the Austen Riggs Center.
When symptoms of psychosis arise, it is vital to get people into treatment as early as possible, to avoid further loss of relationships, opportunities, a future. At Riggs, we appreciate the complexity of the illness and provide an integrative treatment approach using psychotherapy, family therapy and medication along with intensive social engagement.
Less than half of the 394 psychiatrists surveyed by the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education provide psychotherapy.
Dr. Sebastian Zimmermann, a New York based psychiatrist and photographer, to include Riggs therapists in a collection of photographic portraits that capture an aesthetic, visual experience of clinical practice.
This country is only now beginning to fathom the magnitude of issues that surround the multidimensional nature of combat and operational stress exposure, according to Dr. Stephen Xenakis, who closed this year’s Erikson Institute Fall Conference on Trauma and Moral Injury.
In the September 11, 2012 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that placebo/nocebo effects occur at the unconscious level, challenging the exclusive role of awareness and conscious cognitions in placebo responses.