Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

Psychotherapy for Bipolar Disorder

It is all but impossible to conduct results-oriented psychotherapy with a bipolar patient who is not adequately medication managed. Manic symptoms breed poor insight and judgment, and the inability to accommodate and assimilate even the most basic tenets of psychotherapy in a meaningful way. Combine these factors with the DIG FAST symptoms that define the […]

Drug Interactions

Drug Interactions

If you’re seeing patients taking psychotropic medications, or if you’re taking psychotropics yourself, it’s worth having a working knowledge of what happens when drugs enter the system and what their effects are on other drugs and even foodstuffs that are also consumed. Interactions occur when the actions of one drug (the precipitant drug) affects the […]

Making a Difference

Making a Difference

Maintaining personal worth and feeling fulfilled is a daily pursuit. And since it’s pretty normal to question from time to time whether we really make a difference, here’s an exercise to help you recognize and appreciate your value:

A Trial of Antidepressants Has Been Successful When…

A Trial of Antidepressants Has Been Successful When…

After taking for several days, you began feeling more energetic, brighter and motivated The increased energy and feelings of motivation propelled you to act in your best interest – you started goal setting, organizing yourself personally and professionally, chipping away day-to-day at what you want to accomplish, ramped up your social interaction, improved your attitude […]

Bracing for What Rarely Happens

Bracing for What Rarely Happens

I know a fellow who speaks to various groups across the country in a way similar to what I do. We hooked up for a conversation recently and he told me something that I was unaware of regarding how he approaches each upcoming engagement. A week before he is to speak to another group, he […]

Consider the Possibility of ADHD in Your Child If…

Consider the Possibility of ADHD in Your Child If…

It is obvious that in multiple milieu (school, play, home) it appears impossible for your child to sit and focus without becoming easily distracted and inattentive within even just a few minutes The child has much difficulty following directions, and playing by the rules – for example, when “quiet play” is required The child is […]

Depression is a Thief

Depression is a Thief

It robs those affected by it of their capacity to place their value and talents on display. Much like the stock market, for example, and the rhythm of life in general, depression is cyclical for most people who have it – bouts of short term duration for some, extended for others. And then there are […]

No Bottom Feeding

No Bottom Feeding

I lost my sister – my only sibling – to cancer a few years ago. She was an elementary school teacher and every now and then I recall some of her excellent teaching qualities. On one occasion in particular, she was swimming in her pool accompanied by her two young daughters. The two girls were […]

Bridges Crossed Don’t Have To Be Burned

Bridges Crossed Don’t Have To Be Burned

In the Diehard series of films, I was always wondering throughout if there was any building, street, bridge, car or aircraft that would survive the movie intact. There usually wasn’t and frankly that never disappointed me because the series star John McClane got the bad guys and was not likely to pass those same ways […]

DSM-5: My Independent Review of Its Positives and Negatives

DSM-5: My Independent Review of Its Positives and Negatives

The DSM-5 was in development for more than 10 years. Its official release was announced in May, 2013 at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in San Francisco, California. New diagnoses have been added and others have been amended or combined. Some proposed criteria considered for inclusion stirred up so much public and professional ire […]