Photo shows ER doctor’s grief after losing 19-year-old patient

Photo shows ER doctor’s grief after losing 19-year-old patient: Photo shows ER doctor’s grief after losing 19-year-old patient. When I saw this photo I started crying again. It reminded me of the time several months back when I treated a patient who at 28 years of age was suffering from end-stage renal disease. This patient … Read more

Tipsheet: Bipolar Depression Versus Unipolar Depression

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

Good Research on Marijuana Use, Don’t BLUNT your Dopamine!

 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

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.

Get over it!

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