Please Like Me

Please Like Me

Every year I speak at a conference that allocates one block of time to an aspiring speaker. This year when I sat in, Jim was well prepared, enthusiastic and worked the audience to a fault. He made himself available at break time and took every question asked of him, thus his program ran over 15 […]

More is Not More

More is Not More

I’m no “Mr. Fix It” by any stretch of the imagination, so last week when I found my toilet running excessively long, I placed a call to my plumber. He came out on the scheduled day and time and immediately went about the business of assessing the situation at hand. He told me it was […]

Reframing

Reframing

In the first week of November, a woman called my office to make an appointment. There was nothing extraordinary about the call, we set a day and a time and that was that. She showed up for the appointment on time and we began the process of getting acquainted. After helping her get comfortable in […]

Start Small To Build Big

Start Small To Build Big

As in much of the country, October in New Orleans is a transitional weather month. There are still some rather warm days though when swimming is still possible. On one such day last week as I was sitting poolside in the courtyard of my building, I observed a number of swimmers testing the waters. Some […]

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 […]