Hektoen International

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Tag: Brian Sharpless

  • Changing conceptions of the nightmare in medicine

    Brian SharplessUnited States In contemporary parlance the word “nightmare” conjures up images of a scary dream that leaves us shaken and afraid. This fear usually subsides when we wake and realize that we are actually safe in our own bedroom. However, the original conception of the “Nightmare” was much more vivid and terrifying, even seen…

  • Mood and anxiety disorders or a return to “neurosis”?

    Brian Sharpless Pullman, Washington, United States   “7. Struggle! Struggle! Struggle!” Photo by Billy Wilson on Flickr. CC BY-NC 2.0. Since the publication of the third edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)1, explicit recognition of the overlap between anxiety and depression markedly declined. However, a long historical tradition tracing its…