Angry? Irritable? It Could Be Depression

Psychiatrists have long acknowledged that anger and irritability are classic symptoms of major depression in teens and children, but for some reason, prolonged adult crabbiness has been generally ignored. A new study, however, found that depressed adults who are irritable, angry, foul-tempered and hostile are more likely to have “a more chronic and severe long-term course” of major depression than those who don’t acknowledge their cranky, antisocial behavior. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The long-running study of 536 …

Thomas Szasz: The Rebel Who Changed Psychiatry

Dr. Thomas Szasz wasn’t a popular figure in his chosen specialty of psychiatry, in part because he denounced his colleagues as little more than quacks and questioned whether the disorders they were diagnosing even existed. Indeed, Szasz’s controversial 1961 book, The Myth of Mental Illness, contained the mental health equivalent of the 95 Theses that Martin Luther nailed to a church door in Wittenberg. Szasz, who died on Sept. 8 at age 92 at his home near Syracuse, N.Y.,  charged that there …