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 […]

The Gift of Rejection

The Gift of Rejection

Last year I started a voiceover business. If you’re not sure what this is, think the guy or gal whose voice you hear when a TV or radio commercial plays, or the narrator guiding you through a documentary on the History Channel. This is a business where you audition constantly, facing off against literally hundreds […]

When to Change Doctors

When to Change Doctors

Most of us are conditioned to believe that our doctor or prescriber has our best interest in mind, and in the vast majority of instances this is true. But it’s also true that some relationships – regardless of context – reach an impasse where consideration needs to be given to moving on – not finding […]

On Getting Good Advice

On Getting Good Advice

It’s not necessarily something you have to pay for; it can just as easily come from someone in your life who has the courage to give it

The 15-Minute Med Check

The 15-Minute Med Check

Or… maybe 20 minutes, tops. This by far, is the #1 complaint that I hear from my clients when it comes to working with their psychiatrist.

Can “What Iffing” be a Good Thing?

Can “What Iffing” be a Good Thing?

You betcha. Particularly when it drives concern if you were to stop doing it. Examples of good “what iffing” might be:

Depression and Pregnancy

Depression and Pregnancy

Depression is a common phenomenon during pregnancy with between 10-15 percent of pregnant women meeting criteria for major depression and up to 70 percent reporting some symptoms throughout the pregnancy term. Postpartum depression is the most prevalent complicating event, occurring in about 15 percent of women, on average.

Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Therapy for Schizophrenia

Cognitive-Behavioral and Family Therapy for Schizophrenia

Cognitive-behavioral treatment for the psychotic spectrum – schizophrenia in particular – is quite similar approach-wise to what would be employed for depression or anxiety. But CBT for schizophrenia also addresses issues more relevant to the psychotic features themselves such as positive and negative symptoms as well as overall life management.

Six Points to Build On When Treating PTSD

Six Points to Build On When Treating PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is one of a wide array of disorders that arise in response to traumatic events. These disorders are characterized by symptoms of avoidance and negative alteration in mood.