Dr. David Soskin received his BA and MD from Harvard University and completed Psychiatric Residency at Harvard (Massachusetts General Hospital & McLean Hospital) before joining the Department of Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). He served on faculty at Harvard Medical School and as a Principle Investigator at MGH's Depression and Clinical Research Program. His research focused on the relationship between depression and inflammation; the use of pro-dopaminergic agents to enhance behavioral activation therapy for treatment-resistant depression; the effects of antidepressants on emotional temperament; and the evaluation of other novel agents, such as low dose naltrexone, to treat breakthrough depression. From 2014 to 2017, Dr. Soskin was the Medical Director of the Behavioral Health Department of Monterey County and the Chief of Psychiatry of Natividad Medical Center in Salinas.
Dr. David Soskin's first book, “Open Source Psychiatry,” includes his essays about patient care, the use of technology to enhance medical care, and the potential of the internet to increase the viability and humanity of medical systems. “Open Source Psychiatry” also includes Dr. Soskin’s poetry; hyperlinks to his educational videos; his psychoeducational material for patients and clinicians; and his proof-of-concept protocols for testing novel antidepressants.
In November of 2017, Dr. Soskin was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. He is grateful to have regained his health. His book, "13," is a collection of poems about his experience as a patient. It is intended to express the pain of illness and the hope of recovery. It has been translated into Spanish by Bernardo Cubria.
Dr. Soskin can be followed on Twitter @OpenSourcePsych, on Instagram @OpenSourcePsychiatry, and on YouTube @OpenSourcePsychiatry. He publishes new writing and archives his writing @http://www.opensourcepsychiatry.com.