Cheap Thrills, Regressions: Psychiatry and Coffee


That’s close to the title of a famous psychoanalytic article. I’ll try to dig it up.

Today’s cheap thrill was mentioned in a New York Times article. Being a devoted coffee addict, I was surprised to hear about a different method of making iced coffee. It’s supposed to taste great and it is completely easy and inexpensive (though they don’t miss the opportunity to hawk a $30 product, no thanks).

Check it out. Cold brew iced coffee. Can’t wait to try it myself.

Since we’re at the Times, their most emailed article today, as of this writing, is about the iPhone. Save us all.

Veering wildly off-topic, another top story is about the money psychiatrists receive in gifts from drug companies and how this effects their prescribing habits. If memory serves, there was a great song by the Brains called “Money Changes Everything.” I think Cindi Lauper covered it. From the article:

Vermont officials disclosed Tuesday that drug company payments to psychiatrists in the state more than doubled last year, to an average of $45,692 each from $20,835 in 2005. Antipsychotic medicines are among the largest expenses for the state’s Medicaid program.

You can check out the article here.


2 Responses to “Cheap Thrills, Regressions: Psychiatry and Coffee”

  1. basil Says:

    I’d love a post sometime with your take on the hatred of psychiatry by Scientologists. I was down in Hollywood looking at the creepy fortified Celebrity Center the other day, watching the security on bikes chase people away.

    I guess I’m just curious what your take is on the whole thing. And does psychiatry as a whole have a stance on it? Or do they mostly ignore them?

    Post it from your iPhone. Ha!

  2. noma Says:

    Basil, that’s a pretty hot one. I know that when Tom Cruise was belittling — was it Brooke Shields? — a brilliant psychiatrist at the hospital I was interning at was thinking about doing an interview with a point-by-point rebuttal. This is maybe smartest person I’ve ever met. The guy can speak like 700 words a minute.

    In the end he decided not to. And this is not a guy to shy away from publicity. Why? Because they have more money than anyone, even the American Medical Association (!) and they throw it around. He would become mired in lawsuits.

    Certainly, psychiatry, like any budding profession, has had its disasters, psychology too.

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