The treatment for all ANXIETY DISORDERS if you want the most rapid and complete outcome is medication; antidepressants to bring down the symptoms quickly and cognitive behavioral therapy to unlearn the anxiety you learned. I typically see people much better in 6 weeks or less. Everyone suffers from anxiety but if it is getting in … Read more
Tipsheet: Bipolar Depression Versus Unipolar DepressionPublished on Psychiatric Times (http://www.psychiatrictimes.com)Tipsheet: Bipolar Depression Versus Unipolar Depression August 19, 2014 Milder forms of bipolar disorder are something that I see frequently in my office. Most of my patients become quite concerned and even alarmed when I discuss this diagnosis with them. Chronic recurrent depression is often bipolar … Read more
by Marcia Malory Credit: Rice University (Medical Xpress)—People who use marijuana heavily experience a blunted response to dopamine, according to researchers at Brookhaven National Laboratory, New York University Langone Medical Center and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. When marijuana abusers took methylphenidate, a drug that stimulates dopamine production, they did not experience … Read more
Longer tapering more effective for prescription opioid addiction : Clinical Psychiatry News Some real evidence to support slower tapers versus the rapid tapers that most of my patients expect. This strategy particularly is helpful for the psychological symptoms of withdrawal which is always longer than physical symptoms of detoxification.
For Elites Only: Half Of Psychiatrists Won’t Take Health Insurance As a solo practitioner I can make comments here. The issue really is time. Mental status exams are the only tool I have to make a diagnosis and start a treatment plan. There are no tests that I can do that tell me it’s depression … Read more
Bipolar Spectrum Disorder is one of the most fascinating diseases that I treat. In my practice, I don’t usually see the flagrant disease presentations anymore. That was something that I saw more often during my residency and hospital training. What I see now is mostly older adults in their 30’s and 40’s, who have noticed … Read more
5 Facts About E-Cigarettes – ABC News My patients who are trying to quit smoking frequently ask me about E-Cigarettes. Some quick facts that I think answers some questions.
Drugs and the Brain | National Institute on Drug Abuse Nice. Please, Please check this out! Just an excellent discussion on how your brain works and why addictions are diseases and not about identity, character flaw, will power etc., etc., etc. Addictions are mental illnesses that should be treated by psychiatrists. It’s your brain stupid!
This last month President Obama stated that we Americans need to get over the stigma of mental illness. Since then, there has been a shooting here in Santa Monica, right down the street from my office at Santa Monica College. As a psychiatrist, I’m with the Pres on this. Life is hard but it shouldn’t … Read more
Watching celebrities on T.V. being confronted by involved family and friends in staged interventions makes for great theater. Watching these people detox in front of our eyes is gratifying; they have f.+++ed up lives too. We rejoice and feel better when they at the end are clean and sober. Their redemption is our salvation, we … Read more