When Things Feel Unreal, Is That a Delusion or an Insight?

[ad_1] Have you ever been gripped by the suspicion that nothing is real? A student at Stevens Institute of Technology, where I teach, has endured feelings of unreality since childhood. She recently made a film about this syndrome for her senior thesis, for which she...

We Need Better Diagnostic Tests for Autism in Women

[ad_1] “You don ’t look autistic.” This is what people say when I first tell them I ’m on the spectrum. But I do look autistic. The problem is that people, especially medical professionals, don ’t know what to look for when it comes to identifying and diagnosing...

Anti-Trans Laws Will Have a Chilling Effect on Medicine

[ad_1] On this year’s Transgender Day of Visibility, we should be celebrating the accomplishments, honoring the resilience and advocating loudly for the rights of people who are trans. Yet the growing onslaught of anti-trans legislation targeting the health care...

COVID Threatens to Bring a Wave of Hikikomori to America

[ad_1] In 2014, a vibrant and well-traveled patient I will call Alice, whom I (Berman) was treating for bipolar disorder, began refusing to leave her home after a prolonged course of physical rehabilitation for a spinal injury. None of the usual diagnoses—depression,...