Posts Tagged ‘psychology’

The Looming Retirement of the 15-minute Med Check

The 15 Minute Medical Check: “Medical Management” vs. Care and Connection New research published in a paper  titled “Psychiatric Services in Advance,” (http://ps.psychiatryonline.org/doi/full/10.1176/appi.ps.201600133)  by Dr. William Torrey of the Dartmouth Geisel School of medicine has reinforced the essential connection between doctor and patient, and discredits an unfortunate trend in psychiatric care for conducting 15-minute “medical […] Read more…

Year-Round Mental Health Awareness and Resources

Mental Health Conversations and Community Should be Available All-Year-Round May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and as a Psychiatrist, I find it a welcoming sign that the stigma of mental illness seems to be diminishing with each passing year. In the spirit of encouraging people to address their mental health in a constructive way, I wanted […] Read more…

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Talk Therapy vs. Antidepressants: Understanding Your Treatment Options

How do Depression Treatments Compare? In 2017, there are more ways than ever to treat depression. Quite often, patients will need to try a couple different treatment options before they find the one that they respond to most effectively. The two main categories of depression treatment are talk therapy and antidepressants. Commonly, a combination of […] Read more…

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Psychotherapy and Marriage: 4 Toxic Marriage Tendencies to Watch Out For

In my years of offering psychotherapy to married and dating couples, I’ve identified four tendencies that often add toxicity to an otherwise perfectly fine relationship. I believe every psychotherapist will have different observations but these have been commonly recurring tendencies that I have encountered when helping couples through difficult times in their marriage. If you’re […] Read more…

New Year’s Resolutions: The trite tradition that could have implications for your mental health

The ritual of renewal known as the New Year’s resolution is a difficult process for some people, and even this seemingly innocuous process can have implications for your mental health and well-being.  Lots of people create ambitious resolutions, but research suggests that resolutions with focused, actionable goals have the best chance of succeeding.  Making New […] Read more…

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Can Frustration Spur Creativity?

Beethoven, Brian Eno, Keith Jarrett.  Strange bedfellows with a common thread: they used frustration as a vehicle for creativity.  Much as frustration can thwart the creative process, it can also be channeled to positive use. In my practice, I come across many people experiencing frustration from one or more important parts of their life: spouses, […] Read more…

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The Truth about Treating PTSD with Ketamine

Ketamine & PTSD – What Does the Research Show Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that involves individuals who have been subjected to some variety of trauma either as a result of a single incident or due to prolonged exposure. Individuals with PTSD feel overwhelming and debilitating fear and anxiety and often feel […] Read more…

Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Impact Autumn and Winter can Have on Your Health

  The autumn and winter seasons are looked forward to with great anticipation by many as the weather gets cooler and a new host of responsibilities kick-off in September. With the holiday season to look forward to it’s often a season people find to be motivating, uplifting and comforting. There are however many who look […] Read more…

Coping With Depression After Miscarriage

Experiencing a miscarriage can be devastating for a woman.  The effects of not fully grieving from the experience of a miscarriage can lead to a spiral of bad feelings that can ultimately lead to clinical depression.  Having seen many women suffering from anxiety and depression relating to their miscarriages, I would like to assure you […] Read more…

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Ketamine: When You Feel Like You’ve Run Out of Treatment Options

There’s Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression Many patients with depression come to me who have had little or no success treating their depression with medication – these patients are typically referred to as “treatment-resistant.” The drug ketamine has been in the spotlight recently as a drug that can treat severe depression that traditional anti-depressants has been […] Read more…