Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy Podcast
The podcast to help you in your journey towards becoming a wise, empathic, genuine and connected mental health professional.

Racism & Trauma: Discussion with Danielle Hairston M.D.
Jun 6 • 26 min
Join Dr. Danielle Hairston and Dr. Puder on a discussion of recent events. Dr. Hairston has served as the Black Psychiatrists of America Scientific Program Chair since 2016. She is also the American Psychiatric Association Black Caucus’ Early Career…
How Does Mental Pain, Meaning in Life & Locus of Control Influence Suicidality?
May 21 • 38 min
On this episode of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast, we talk about meaning, and how it relates to suicide. This is part 3 of a series of podcasts on suicide. If you haven’t listened to the first two episodes check them out: Suicide Epidemiology,…
The Link Between Unemployment, Depression and Suicide in the COVID-19 Pandemic
May 2 • 51 min
As the economy continues to shut down during COVID-19, people are growing more concerned about work and finances. Even if the virus is miraculously contained in the next few months, the economy will still be reeling from the damage of the lockdown. In…
Meaning and Decision Making in Times of Crisis
Apr 22 • 57 min
On this week’s episode of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast, I interview Dr. Daved Van-Stralen. During this season of COVID-19, Van-Stralen is focusing on the unique stresses on the healthcare system. How can the healthcare system improve the way…
Courage to have the tough conversations in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Apr 15 • 63 min
In the US, people do not talk about death often or even acknowledge their own mortality. Instead, we act as if we just work hard enough we can do anything, even refuse the grim reaper. In this episode, we wrestle with the current issues created by…
COVID-19 and the Brain: Delirium & Viral Encephalitis
Apr 4 • 46 min
In a previous episode, we covered COVID-19 and its effect on mental health. In today’s episode of the podcast, we will be covering COVID-19 from the medical perspective with regards to its effect on the brain as well as treatment options, their side…
Getting Better Results from Your Patients as a Psychotherapist
Mar 19 • 68 min
On this week’s episode of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy podcast, I interview Scott D. Miller, Ph.D. and Daryl Chow, Ph.D., authors (along with Mark A. Hubble, Ph.D.) of Better Results. Better Results is a book that sums up thirty years of research to…
COVID-19: Dealing with panic, anxiety, delirium, and mental health.
Mar 16 • 28 min
Stress and anxiety are going to be very common during this time. In one study of Wang et al, 2020 they found that in China, 53.8% of the respondents to a survey rated their psychological impact as moderate-to-severe and 28.8% had moderate to severe…
Cancer: Depression, Anxiety, And Hypoactive Delirium - A Dive Into Psycho-Oncology with Mona Mojtahedzadeh, M.D.
Mar 5 • 69 min
In this week’s episode, we sat down with four guests and discussed different aspects of mental health in humans bravely facing cancer. My resource library contains notes which go beyond the podcast episode in content and depth and hopefully equips you to…
The Unconscious
Feb 22 • 48 min
This week I interviewed Dr. Joel Weinberger and Dr. Valentina Stoycheva who recently published the book “The Unconscious: Theory, Research, and Clinical Implications .” We discussed their book and even their unconscious reasons for writing a thrilling,…
Catatonia: Diagnosis and Treatment
Feb 15 • 50 min
Catatonia is a severe motor syndrome. It is a secondary response to an underlying illness that requires quick diagnosis and treatment. There are many different things that lead to catatonia, so finding out the underlying cause is very important. In this…
How Much Violence Is Due To Mental Illness?
Feb 8 • 28 min
In this short episode of The Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast, I interview Dr. Cummings, a forensic psychiatrist, on the topic of the correlation of mental illness and violent crime, and what causes violent crime. I start out with reviewing some…
Valproic Acid: History, Mechanism, Treatment in Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Aggression and Side Effects with Dr. Cummings
Jan 16 • 59 min
In this episode, David Puder, M.D. and Michael Cummings, M.D. discuss the history, uses, and side effects of Valproic Acid which is a mood stabilizer for various conditions including: Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
Connecting with the Psychotic Patient, Therapeutic Alliance Part 7
Jan 11 • 53 min
In this episode, Dr. Puder talks about the importance of therapeutic alliance in the psychiatric interview, emphasizing the need for a strong therapeutic alliance in order to help patients with psychosis continue their medication.
Therapeutic Alliance Part 6: Attachment Types and Application
Dec 11, 2019 • 65 min
Therapy is an intensely focused relationship that involves acceptance, trust, unconditional positive regard, hope, attunement, tolerance, and mending empathic strains and ruptures. There is also emotional contagion between a therapist and patient, with…
IQ: Predictability, Influences, Genes, Environment, & Trauma
Dec 7, 2019 • 116 min
What is intelligence? Why is IQ controversial? In this week’s episode Nelson Horsley (a 4th year medical student) and David Puder, M.D. discuss the IQ - if it is a predictor for a successful life, and what things can predict or influence IQ.
Joker: An In Depth Character Analysis
Nov 23, 2019 • 102 min
Joaquin Phoenix stars in “Joker” which has divided critics and movie goers alike. Surprisingly, it has divided mental health professionals as well. Some say Phoenix’s performance shines a light on the misunderstandings of mental illness while others…
The Fentanyl Epidemic
Nov 14, 2019 • 41 min
Fentanyl is a highly addictive drug which has led to the deaths of countless people including several well known celebrities. Fentanyl is being used to strengthen the potency of other drugs, such as cocaine, which means that people are being exposed to it…
Is Social Media Good for Mental Health?
Nov 7, 2019 • 46 min
Since its introduction in the early 2000’s, social media has become an integral part of our daily lives. It influences culture, current affairs, and connects us to the world like never before. As people spend more and more of their lives online, it’s…
Does Cannabis Use Increase Schizophrenia and Psychosis?
Oct 24, 2019 • 47 min
In this episode, David Puder M.D., and Victoria Agee discuss possible links between marijuana use and psychosis. There a multiple studies which reveal links in genetics and marijuana potency that can lead to an increase in schizophrenia and psychosis.
Interviewing Well For Residency & Beyond
Oct 15, 2019 • 45 min
On this week’s episode of we will be covering a special topic—interviewing well—for psychiatry residency, and even in other interviews post residency. I am interviewing Neal Christopher, a 4th year, chief resident and the host of a podcast for the APA,…
Therapeutic Alliance Part 5: Emotion
Oct 3, 2019 • 65 min
People often think of emotions as ethereal, complicated depths that are difficult to explore. They are actually adaptive physical reactions to stimuli. There are a few main categories, and as we will discover, they are concrete, identifiable, and usually…
Deciding for Others: Involuntary Holds and Decision Making Capacity
Sep 28, 2019 • 71 min
This week on the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast, I am joined by Dr. Mark Ard, a chief resident physician at Loma Linda University’s Psychiatry program, to talk about holds and capacity evaluations as it relates to medicine and psychiatry.
Genetics and Environmental Factors in Suicide
Sep 19, 2019 • 48 min
In the previous episode on Suicide, we discussed epidemiology, general risk factors, and associations of suicide with various mental health disorders. Now, in this second part of this series, we will focus on genetic and environmental factors associated…
Which Foods are Good for Mental Health?
Sep 12, 2019 • 40 min
On this week’s episode of the podcast, I interview Dr. Drew Ramsey, a nutritional psychiatrist. When I was a resident, I saw him give a lecture on diet and how it affects our mood, and I’ve been wanting to interview him for a long time. He is the author…
Lithium Indications, Mechanism, Monitoring, & Side Effects
Sep 5, 2019 • 57 min
Lithium is indicated for a number of things. Most clearly, as a mood stabilizer in bipolar spectrum disorders. It is unique among mood stabilizers in that it is very robustly anti-manic. The medication treats and prevents manic episodes from occurring,…
Why Lithium is a Good Option for Treating Bipolar, with Dr. Walter A. Brown
Aug 29, 2019 • 42 min
This week the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast is joined by Dr. Walter A. Brown, Clinical Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University, author of the brand new book “Lithium: A Doctor, a Drug, and a…
Aug 21, 2019 • 65 min
Dr. Cummings and I (Dr. Puder) believe that these technology advances may help those who suffer with severe mental illness. There are still patients who don’t respond to therapy, medications, and treatments like ECT. It is likely that Neuralink’s plans…
How To Pick A Good Therapist
Aug 10, 2019 • 45 min
Working with a good therapist often requires fewer sessions than other therapists to see improvement; in contrast, working with a therapist you don’t connect with, or with inadequate training, may require an extended number of sessions (Okiishi et al.…
Suicide Epidemiology, Risk Factors, and Treatments
Aug 3, 2019 • 57 min
On this week’s episode of the podcast, I interview Jaeger Ackerman, 4th year medical student about suicide risk factors and treatments. As a therapist, attempt to closely approximate their reality of feeling suicidal with words. When I first hear…
Frontal Lobe Damage: Treating Patients through Grief, Acceptance and Growth
Jul 25, 2019 • 79 min
In this episode of the podcast, I interview Steven, one of my patients who had a rare form of a stroke—in the right orbital frontal cortex. He participated in a psychiatric program that I run. He tells his story of how his function and emotions…
An Introduction to Psychodermatology: “The Mind-Skin Connection”
Jul 20, 2019 • 55 min
What is Psychodermatology? At the most basic level, encompasses the interaction between mind and skin. It is the marriage between the two disciplines of psychiatry and dermatology, uniting both an internal focus on the non-visible disease, as well as…
An Inside Look At Eating Disorders: Anorexia, Bulimia, & Orthorexia
Jul 13, 2019 • 67 min
What is an eating disorder? One of the most important things about anorexia and bulimia is understanding that they are caused by a complex interplay of genetics, epigenetics, early development, and current stressors. They can lead to dangerous…
The Process of Grief
Jul 4, 2019 • 37 min
Grief is the multifaceted response—emotional, behavioral, social—to a loss or major life adjustment (like a divorce, loss of a job, etc.). Bereavement is the process of grieving specific to the loss of affection or bond to a person or animal (; ;…
Clozapine for Treatment Resistant Schizophrenia
Jun 20, 2019 • 55 min
What is clozapine? Not only is clozapine the gold standard medication for treatment-resistant schizophrenia, it is also one of the most unique drugs used in psychiatry. It was synthesized 1958, only eight years after chlorpromazine, the first…
The Unspeakable Mind: Stories of Trauma and Healing from the Frontline of PTSD Science
Jun 13, 2019 • 49 min
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, occurs when someone experiences or subjectively experiences a near death or psychologically overwhelming event and then goes on to develop specific symptoms. Different types of trauma/stressors that can lead to…
Schizophrenia Differential Diagnosis & DSM5
Jun 6, 2019 • 32 min
Schizophrenia is a diagnosis of exclusion. Doctors and therapists need to be able to rule everything else out before they can land on schizophrenia as an official diagnosis. There are specific symptoms are known as “first-rank symptoms,” which we…
Do I have Schizophrenia?
May 27, 2019 • 36 min
Clinical manifestations Many people worry that they have schizophrenia. I receive messages or inquires often of people asking about symptoms and manifestations. If you have those types of questions, or if you’re a mental health professional who…
Schizophrenia in Film and History
May 16, 2019 • 44 min
Episode 1 in a series on schizophrenia, with this episode focusing on schizophrenia in culture, film and history.
Marijuana and Mental Health
May 2, 2019 • 33 min
On today’s episode of of the podcast, I will discuss marijuana use and how it affects mental health with Daniel Binus, the chief psychiatrist at Beautiful Minds, near Sacramento, California. Also joining us is a third-year medical student, Victoria…
How to Help Patients With Sexual Abuse
Apr 18, 2019 • 64 min
On today’s episode of the podcast, I interview Ginger Simonton, a PhD student finishing her dissertation. We will cover her in-depth research on alleviating the symptomology of childhood sexual abuse. We will specifically be talking about the link…
The science behind forgiveness and how it affects our mental health
Apr 11, 2019 • 42 min
On this week’s episode of the podcast, I talk about the power of forgiveness. It’s scientifically proven that forgiveness can impact our health. As mental health professionals, this has important impacts both personally and professionally. I have…
What is Transference and Countertransference?
Apr 1, 2019 • 55 min
What is transference? Historically the term “transference” refers to the feelings, fantasies, beliefs, assumptions and experiences unconsciously displaced on the therapist that originate in the patients’ past relationships. More recently,…
Reducing Inpatient Violence in a Psychiatric Hospital
Mar 7, 2019 • 95 min
Violent aggression in the inpatient psychiatric setting has developed into an important issue that negatively affects patients and staff. There are some simple and surprising treatments different clinics are taking to prevent violent aggression. It’s time…
Depression and Anxiety in Geriatric Patients
Feb 28, 2019 • 49 min
On this week’s episode of the podcast, I am joined by Dr. Carolina Osorio, a geriatric psychiatrist (and one of my favorite people). After she finished her psychiatry residency, she also went on to finish a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry to take…
The Dark Triad (Psychopathy, Narcissism, Machiavellianism), sexually violent predators, Ted Bundy, and porn.
Feb 6, 2019 • 108 min
Ted Bundy came off as friendly and charming, described as “one of us.” A friend of his from Washington State even said, “He’s the kind of person you’d want your sister to marry.” As disturbing as this is, it is a common trait of psychopathic antisocial…
How to treat violent and aggressive patients
Jan 23, 2019 • 63 min
The words “aggression” and “violence” are sometimes used synonymously, but in reality, aggression can be physical or non-physical, and directed either against others or oneself. Violence is more of a use of force with an intent to inflict…
How Empathy Works And How To Improve It
Jan 8, 2019 • 65 min
Empathy is the ability to understand another’s state of mind or emotions. It is also is being able to feel, understand and share with someone else in what they are saying, their meaning of life, their motivations and values. In research there are 3…
ADHD: Diagnosis, Symptoms & Treatment
Dec 14, 2018 • 56 min
People who truly have ADHD typically experience inattentive and hyper symptoms across all areas of their life. For example, if they are in a job that requires periods of attention to complete or organize a project, it will be inherently more difficult…
Understanding Placebo
Nov 29, 2018 • 61 min
What is placebo? The original meaning of the word placebo is, “I will please.” That statement comes from a time when doctors didn’t have our modern code of ethics, and they would prescribe whatever would make the person feel better. They…
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Nov 14, 2018 • 57 min
In this podcast and article Dr. Kelly Rivinius, a licensed clinical psychologist who helps women suffering from PMAD, gives her insights about PMAD, its risk factors, prevention, and her own experience with perinatal OCD and anxiety.
Therapeutic Alliance Part 2: Meaning and Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy
Oct 30, 2018 • 45 min
In the celebrated book Man’s Search for Meaning, author Viktor Frankl wrote about his intimate and horrific Holocaust experience. He found that meaning often came from the prisoners’ small choices—to maintain belief in human dignity in the midst of being…
Psychiatric Approach to Delirium
Oct 8, 2018 • 49 min
Delirium is an acute change in a person’s sensorium (the perception of one’s environment or understanding of one’s situation). It can include confusion about their orientation, cognition or mental thinking. With hyperactive delirium, a patient…
Ketamine and Psychedelics with Dr. Michael Cummings
Sep 25, 2018 • 37 min
What has piqued interest in psychiatry is that infusion of a smaller dose of ketamine produces a rapid response in terms of reversal of depressed mood, suicidality, and some treatment-resistant depressed patients.
What is psychodynamic theory?
Sep 20, 2018 • 50 min
On this week’s episode of the podcast, I interviewed Allison Maxwell, a social worker and PhD student of clinical social work. I refer patients to her regularly for psychoanalysis, and she has had a wonderful impact on their mental health journey….
Advice for medical students applying to psychiatric residency
Sep 16, 2018 • 11 min
Timothy Lee has talked to thousands of medical students about how to applying for residency programs, and here, he gives us a few tips on how to make it through the gauntlet, and how to have your best chance at landing the program you want. Here is…
Therapeutic Alliance Part 1
Sep 5, 2018 • 45 min
What is a therapeutic alliance? The therapeutic alliance is a collaborative relationship between the physician and the patient. Together, you jointly establish goals, desires, and expectations of your working partnership. Every interview with a…
How to Treat Emotional Trauma
Aug 22, 2018 • 70 min
This week on the podcast I spoke with fellow therapist, Randy Stinnett Psy. D, about how trauma works, and how we can help our patients overcome it.
Setting Boundaries in Relationships
Aug 11, 2018 • 51 min
What are boundaries? When we refer to boundaries, we are talking about emotional walls that are healthy. Boundaries are meant to keep us in relationship with the people that we love. Think of them as your property lines around your house. You know…
The History and Nuances of Bipolar Illness
Aug 2, 2018 • 52 min
In this episode we discuss: The history of bipolar illness, mood stabilizers, common treatments, psychopharmacology, psychotherapy goals, and more. For paraphrased transcription and blog: For more detailed notes by Dr. Cummings, go to my . …
The History, Mechanism and Use of Antidepressants
Jul 24, 2018 • 59 min
In this week’s episode of the podcast, Dr. Michael Cummings and I talk about the history of antidepressants, and their use in overcoming depression and anxiety disorders. For blog and extended notes go Join David on Instagram: Twitter: Facebook:
Emotional Shutdown—Understanding Polyvagal Theory
Jul 10, 2018 • 98 min
Have you ever felt like you wavered between anxiety and panic, or feeling totally emotionally numb? Did you know that’s one of the ways your body is wired to protect you? There are ways to feel healthy, normal, and deal with the reason you feel that way.…
The Psychology of Procrastination
Jul 3, 2018 • 47 min
This week’s podcast guest, Dr. Jackson Brammer used to be an expert procrastinator. He used a few simple tricks to overcome his procrastination habit, and he’s sharing how he transformed his life on this week’s episode of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy…
How to Fix Emotional Detachment
Jun 30, 2018 • 61 min
Do you ever feel out of touch with your emotions? Or have you ever felt like you had to hide your real emotions? When people do that—emotionally detach—they develop what therapists call “incongruence.” Most therapy is actually centered around…
The History and Use of Antipsychotics
Jun 19, 2018 • 45 min
In the latest podcast, Dr. Cummings and I talked about antipsychotics, the particular branch of psychopharmacology that deals with medicines that treat psychotic experiences and other mental disorders.
How Psychiatric Medications Work with Dr. Cummings
Jun 12, 2018 • 50 min
In the latest episode of the Psychiatry and Psychotherapy Podcast, Dr. Puder interviews Dr. Cummings, a psychopharmacologist. They discuss the way medicine works in our bodies, and if medicine or therapy is more effective for treating different…
Prescribing Strength Training for Depression
May 29, 2018 • 52 min
for an annual subscription to receive CME credit for this activity and more! Learn more . Link to show on: , , , , , , , , , My guest for the podcast was Trent Jones, a athlete. I interviewed him about his story, how he discovered strength training,…
Using Microexpressions in Psychotherapy
May 24, 2018 • 42 min
In the third and final installment on microexpressions, Ariana Cunningham and Dr. David Puder talk about how learning microexpressions can help you build empathy and connect with other people.
Microexpressions: Fear, Surprise, Disgust, Empathy, and Creating Connection Part 2
May 15, 2018 • 46 min
This week, we will continue uncovering how different microexpressions look on the face and feel in our body, and their corresponding emotions.
Microexpressions to Make Microconnections Part 1
May 8, 2018 • 81 min
Microexpressions are brief, involuntary facial expressions that are cues to the true emotions that someone is feeling. We see microexpressions in tiny twitches of the brows, the lips and nose. They can last for as little as 1/15th of a second on the face.
Hormonal Contraceptives & Mental Health
May 3, 2018 • 37 min
New research on hormonal contraceptives, “the pill”, and how it influences mental health.
Postpartum Depression with Dr. Pereau
Apr 24, 2018 • 49 min
This week on the podcast, I joined with Dr. Pereau to talk about postpartum depression, both from a personal level and as those who treat it in our patients.
Performance Enhancement with Dr. MaryEllen Eller
Apr 17, 2018 • 52 min
Our bodies are “wired” to perform. Learning how to consciously modulate your internal sympathetic state is the key to unlocking optimal performance.
Sensorium: Medications, Drugs (THC, Alcohol), Medical Issues, Sleep, and Free Will
Apr 5, 2018 • 47 min
How I optimize patients’ brain function through choice of medications, drugs, and free will…
Exercise as a Prescription for Depression, Anxiety, Chronic Stress (like Diabetes) and Sensorium
Mar 23, 2018 • 36 min
Exercise is a powerful way to optimize mood and sensorium for the long term
Diet on Cognitive Function, Brain Optimization, Sensorium Part 2
Mar 15, 2018 • 24 min
Dr. David Puder covers research on how to optimize brain function through diet.
Schizophrenia with Dr. Cummings: Controversies, Brain Science, Crime, History, Exercise, Successful Treatment
Mar 6, 2018 • 57 min
We covered schizophrenia: brain changes, long term treatment, violence, lifestyle and controversy…
Physicians Receiving Treatment, with Dr. Trenkle
Feb 28, 2018 • 47 min
We discussed difficulties we had in contemplating getting care for different issues we faced. Hopefully this will open a discussion regarding the conflicts providers have in engaging needed help.
Sensorium: Total Brain Function Optimization Part 1
Feb 19, 2018 • 41 min
Sensorium is the total brain capacity for focusing, processing, and interpreting. It is not a static state—it can fluctuate throughout the day. In this episode I discuss how I increase patient’s sensorium.
A Journey Learning Psychotherapy, with Randy Stinnett, Psy.D
Feb 13, 2018 • 32 min
Discussion on learning psychotherapy, the interpersonal, formative mentors, and staying open to feedback…
Inpatient Child and Adolescent Suicidality, “Culture of death”, “13 Reasons Why” with Dr. Britt
Feb 6, 2018 • 51 min
Dr. Britt, an expert with three decades of experience, breaks down the increasing trend in teen suicide.
Psychopathy with Michael A. Cummings M.D.
Jan 29, 2018 • 56 min
What is a psychopath and how would you identify one? How are they different from most people? All these and more, answered by a world expert.
Cognitive Distortions and Practicing Truth
Jan 23, 2018 • 36 min
Identify habitual negative thoughts and put them on trial
The Basics of the Psychiatric Interview Part 1
Jan 16, 2018 • 59 min
Dr. David Puder’s approach to getting a psychiatric history on the first visit.