I am passionate and determined to improve the lives of the millions of people suffering from a mental illness. All too often, our current treatments don’t work well enough. We must do better.
Hello! I’m Dr. Chris Palmer.
I am a Harvard Medical School Physician | Researcher | Consultant | Educator dedicated to improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness. I am working at the interface of metabolism, metabolic disorders, and what we call mental disorders. Although most people don’t think these are related, there is a tremendous amount of scientific evidence linking these. By better understanding these connections, I am hopeful that we will better understand what causes mental illness. This will undoubtedly lead to more effective treatments.
I have extensive experience and expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, and complementary and alternative treatments for psychiatric disorders. I know these work for some people, and I am dedicated to education about these evidence-based treatments and advocacy for access to them.
I am also pioneering the use of the ketogenic diet as a treatment for psychiatric disorders. This is an evidence-based treatment for epilepsy, and epilepsy treatments are commonly used in psychiatry. Additionally, the ketogenic diet has profound affects on brain metabolism that may correct some of the metabolic abnormalities often found in people with mental disorders. I am working with researchers from around to world to assess the effectiveness of this treatment in real people and better understand its mechanisms of action.
COVID-19 and Your Mental Health
The COVID-19 pandemic is clearly taking an emotional and mental toll on most people. The following are some resources that might help.
- The Mental Health Survival Guide to the Pandemic Worried about the coronavirus and the economy? You’re not alone. Read more about the mental health risks of this pandemic, social distancing, and the economy.
- The Mental Health Survival Guide to the Pandemic: Threats In Part 2 of this series, we review the near-term threats to mental health—mindless activity, losing a sense of meaning and purpose, substance use, loneliness, and depression.
- “Don’t Waste These Difficult Days” Finding your sense of meaning and purpose is essential in getting through the chaos and stress of this pandemic.
Having a sense of meaning and purpose in life has profound effects on people’s health, both mentally and physically.
On Thursday, April 9, 2020, Dr. Christopher Palmer discussed strategies for giving your day-to-day life more meaning, structure, and purpose to help combat feeling overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. You’ll learn effective tactics for dealing with learned helplessness, to strengthen your relationships, and to better adapt to new physical, financial, and familial environments.
In this presentation on Thursday, May 14, 2020, Dr. Chris Palmer explained the relationship between diet, sleep, and stress, how eating well translates to better overall mental health, and ways to better refine these habits to feel your best through COVID-19 and beyond.
Mental Health Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic: A CME webinar for healthcare professionals
In this webinar offered by Harvard Medical School’s Office for External Education, I review the anticipated pandemic of mental health challenges due to the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is projected that millions of people will suffer from mental health challenges as a result of the pandemic, including things like insomnia, anxiety disorders, depression, increased domestic violence, increased use of alcohol and drugs, and increased rates of suicide. Healthcare professionals will be called upon to help. Learn more about what you can do.