Ken Robbins, M.D., Psychiatrist


Kenneth Robbins, M.D., is a senior medical editor of Caring.com. He is board certified in psychiatry and internal medicine, has a master's in public health from the University of Michigan, and is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has had a wide variety of clinical positions, including those which require an understanding of the interface between psychiatry and other medical specialties. His current clinical practice focuses primarily on geriatrics. He also provides forensic consultation and has extensive experience in working for defense attorneys, judges, and prosecutors in criminal matters; and on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants in civil matters. He is active in both the American and Wisconsin Psychiatric Associations. He has written and contributed to many articles and is frequently invited to speak on psychiatric topics, such as psychiatry and the law, depression, anxiety, dementia, and suicide risk and prevention.


Recently Published on Caring.com

FAQ: Is Depression a Normal Part of Aging? — Sep 09, 2011
No, it's not normal to develop depression as one gets older. Depression is all too common, but it's never normal. Depression is an illness. The risk of depression does inc...
FAQ: What Should I Do if I Feel Suicidal? — Sep 09, 2011
First, tell someone close to you rather than keeping suicidal thoughts to yourself. You may be reluctant to "burden" a loved one, but people who are suicidal and share the...
FAQ: What Are the Dangers of Untreated Depression? — Sep 09, 2011
Concerns about symptoms of depression should always be taken seriously. Depression causes significant disabilities and problems of many different kinds: At its simplest, ...
FAQ: How Do You Know How Serious a Case of Depression Someone Has? — Sep 01, 2011
If the depression is causing someone to be socially withdrawn, dysfunctional to the point that he or she can't work or do basic household chores, and the person is talking ...
FAQ: Can Depression Be Treated Without Medication? — Sep 01, 2011
Yes, with mild and moderate depression, studies show that talk therapy alone, if done properly, is probably equivalent to the successes of antidepressants, and maybe even b...
FAQ: How Is Depression Different From Burnout? — Sep 01, 2011
Depression is a physical illness. Burnout is an emotional fatigue triggered by ongoing and severe stress. Burnout can definitely lead to depression, though, so it's importa...
FAQ: How Is Depression Different From Grief? — Sep 01, 2011
Grief is a normal emotional response to a loss. Depression, too, can be triggered by a loss (as well as other stressors), but it's a physical illness and therefore not a no...
I feel I am not doing my best to care for Gran, but I can't get motivated. — Apr 12, 2010
It sounds like you are trying your best to do what you believe is right. You want to give your grandmother comfort and caring. You don't say much about why your grandmoth...
How do you keep mentally well while caring for a parent with Alzheimer's? — Jan 17, 2010
I am so sorry to hear that both your parents have Alzheimer's Disease. As you have experienced, grieving is an ongoing process through this illness, because the person wit...
How do I balance caring for my demanding mother and participating in my family? — Jan 13, 2010
Setting limits with the people you love is a difficult but necessary part of life. That being said, your mother has made that a particularly challenging task. She has mad...