GAP is a think tank of top psychiatric minds whose thoughtful analysis and recommendations serve to influence and advance modern psychiatric theory and practice.
GAP committees address timely questions facing American psychiatry. Because psychiatry is a multifaceted medical specialty encompassing the biopsychosocial paradigm, committees consider issues ranging from psychopharmacology to the ethical and moral issues inherent in the practice of a field fraught with technical and human pitfalls.
As a child and adolescent psychiatrist, issues pertaining to technology, mental health, substance use and abuse, and parenting abound. Unfortunately, there are no easy answers – no studies or evidence to inform anticipatory anxieties about “the phone.” On the one hand, these phones are our portals to the world – they proffer hope of social connections, important information, and instant access to a world of data. But in the hands of vulnerable kids and adults, these devices are scary things: implements of impulsive (and permanent) destruction. As we wade into the thorny thickets of technology, we are reminded how little we know. What are tablets doing for (against?) infant brain development. What influence does the seemingly unending proliferation of pornography have on the development of human sexuality? And what of these portable cameras, capturing humanity at its worst – rar...READ MORE