2015 Riggs Blog Highlights



The Austen Riggs Center looks back over some of the highlights from the Riggs Blog during 2015. As 2015 comes to a close and we begin looking toward 2016, we wanted to take a moment to look back over the year and remember some of the Riggs Blogs (featured below) that generated discussions, highlighted milestones and in other ways encapsulated some of the many important moments and topics for us during the year. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs this year and look forward to curating an equally interesting selection of content in 2016. 

Burn us at the stake: Comments on a Commentary by Edward Shorte
Riggs Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, responds to a commentary by Toronto-based historian of psychiatry, Edward Shorter, PhD, published in Psychiatric Times.

Bipolar Disorder: What is Bipolar Disorder?
Riggs Team Leader/Staff Psychiatrist David Mintz, MD gives an overview of bipolar disorder. 

Board of Trustees Announces Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD, as Next Medical Director/ CEO
Chair of the Board of Trustees Lisa A. Raskin, PhD, announces the appointment of Riggs’ newest Medical Director/CEO. 

Psychotic Spectrum Disorders: A Conversation with Dr. Jane Tillman
Director of the Erikson Institute Jane G. Tillman, PhD, gives an overview of psychotic spectrum disorders. 

The Effectiveness of Talk Therapy is Not Overstated
A response to The New York Times article from September that claims the effectiveness of talk therapy is overstated. 

An Informed Response to the 60 Minutes Program, “Denied”
Sr. Admissions Coordinator/Utilization Reviewer Terry Owens-Gilbert reacts to the 60 Minutes program "Denied" and talks about her experience with insurance case managers.

Borderline Personality Disorder: A Conversation with M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP
Senior Consultant to the Erikson Institute for Education and Research M. Gerard Fromm, PhD, ABPP, gives an overview of borderline personality disorder and talks about its symptoms and treatment.

Nothing can Substitute for Experience
Amanda Meczywor recounts her experience as a 2015 summer intern at the Austen Riggs Center. 

What Does Parity Mean for Insurance and Residential Treatment for Mental Illness?
Riggs Associate Medical Director and Director of Admissions Eric M. Plakun, MD, DLFAPA, FACPsych, responds to the 60 Minutes program "Denied" and the role of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 in seeking coverage for residential treatment for mental illness. 

Incoming Medical Director/CEO, Andrew Gerber, MD, PhD Interviewed in New York Times Magazine Article
Medical Director/CEO Andrew J. Gerber, MD, PhD is interviewed for The New York Times Magazine article “Tell It About Your Mother: Can brain-scanning help save Freudian psychoanalysis?”

U.S. News & World Report Again Names the Austen Riggs Center as one of the Best Hospitals in Psychiatry
The Austen Riggs Center is named one of the “Best Hospitals” in Psychiatry by U.S. News & World Report.