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DNA: I Am Who I Am… or Am I? – Session Five

The BDNF Gene: Use “Fertilizer” to Grow a Majestic ”Rainforest Brain”... and Introducing "GENiE" and "DNA 4 KIDS"

Learned Helplessness and Defeat Stress in the Age of Anxiety

According to Lewis & Clark College president Barry Glassner, a leading sociologist and author of The Culture of Fear, "Most Americans are living in the safest place at the safest time in human history.” So why are so many Americans, among them many of the new patients coming in to see me, feeling so anxious?

Americans In Pain and Addicted: Untangling the Opioid Crisis

Part Six: Without Opioids, a Decent Life becomes Impossible
When Jeremy came to see me in my office last year, his demeanor said it all: Rumpled jacket, pained expression, and the quiet, tremulous voice of a man who never in his entire life believed he’d wind up in a therapist’s office. “My doctor abruptly stopped prescribing me Oxy,” he told me when I asked him what was wrong, “and the pain is making me crazy.” As I looked into his eyes, and saw the depth of his emotional and physical pain, my own heart began to ache as well.

Eat Your Brain

Is it possible that what you think and feel is determined by what you eat? Sound impossible? Let’s find out. There...

Is Your Brain on Fire?

Could your brain be “burning up” from inflammation, and you may not even be aware of it? Let’s find out. When...

Psychobiotics and Your Microbiome – It’s a Gut Feeling

Researchers have coined the term “psychobiotics” to describe probiotics (live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your...

Mitochondria – The Brain’s “Power Plants” that Affect How You Feel and Function!

In the months ahead I will begin to teach you about mitochondria – the amazing “power plants” that produce the energy...

Not Getting Better? Insist Upon The Biopsychosocial Model (Part 1)

The Biopsychosocial Model Almost half of the new patients that come to our practice have been recently treated by two or...

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...

When You’re Not Really Bipolar After All: Anatomy of the Diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder

For the first few years after I arrived in the DC area, I took call at two local hospital emergency rooms...