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Becoming Whole: A Healing Companion to Ease Emotional Pain and Find Self-Love

  • October 10, 2017

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Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Four: Climbing Up from Rock Bottom
I want you to appreciate something about treatment: Progress is not a straight line. It takes twists and turns, there are relapses and setbacks and high mountains to climb. But, together with a caring medical professional, you push forward and climb them.

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Three: What is an Opioid, and is Accidental Addiction Possible?
Some opioids create over 100 times more endorphins than the body produces naturally, causing feelings of happiness and joy in addition to relief from pain.

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Two: Killing us Softly
Here’s the shocking truth: Opioids are projected to kill roughly half a million people across the country over the next five years.

Treatment-Resistant?: What to Do When Your Medication is Not Working

You feel depressed and tired, anxious, with thoughts racing through your head. Easily irritated, you struggle to get out of bed...

I Have Trouble with Attention and Focus, What’s Wrong with My Brain? Do I have ADHD?

This is a longer Tip than usual, as it provides an in-depth understanding of what to do if you or someone...

The Psychiatrist as Psychotherapist – a Tale From “The Golden Age of Psychiatry”

In a prior blog posting entitled “The Psychiatrist as Psychotherapist” there was a reference to the privilege of being trained during...

Adult Attention Deficits – The Psychiatrist as Detective

Given the risk that “Adult ADD” may become over-diagnosed, and stimulants may become over-prescribed, much in the same fashion as childhood ADD, it is important to recognize that there are many causes of disrupted attention in adults that bring about symptoms similar to adult ADD, but have differing origins and treatments. A careful diagnostic assessment is in order.

The Psychiatrist as Psychotherapist

Those psychiatrists trained in “The Golden Age of Psychiatry” received intensive training in various modalities of psychotherapy, such as psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems; as well as learning the science of psychopharmacology. These fortunate physicians are able to evaluate and treat the whole person, including the ability to address biological, psychological, social/environmental, and existential issues throughout the course of therapy with their clients, according to the Biopsychosocial Model.