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WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- From the U.S.: I have finally come to terms that no matter how much I want to pretend it was a dream, or that I made it up in my head, or that he some other non-sexual reason for doing it, my father sexually abused me as a child. I have the emotional
If President Trump talked to #therapydocHi out there! It has been a super busy "holiday" season, meaning people touch base in therapy as holidays approach, so I'm scrambling to stick to regular hours... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title o
I just wanted to put up a quick note about two books I've read recently.Black Man in a White Coat is a memoir written by Duke psychiatrist Damon Tweedy.    So what's it like to be a black med student and doctor, and not jus
Our friendship series continues with thoughts about learning to truly love. There is goodness in each of us. But life often seems to get in the way. We start off […]Our friendship series continues with thoughts about learning to truly love.
  Yesterday, I had an experience I’ve had many times in the course of my career. Someone said I wish you could be with me in situations when I don’t know what to say, get completely flustered, and end up down the rabbit h
So I’m a 25 year old male, recently in the last 2 years I’ve started to experience some odd sexual desires. It first started that I enjoyed masturbating on video chat for anyone who wanted to watch either men or women. After a few
A new study found teens who engage in self-harm during their adolescence are significantly more likely to experience addiction issues by age 35....
First, a quick story. Yes, a #MeToo. I'm fifteen and am visiting a friend I haven't seen in a long time. We were once best friends, but when we hit high school, no classes together, we didn't keep... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title of t
I have had wonderful cats share their lives with me for the last 50 years. Though I grew up with dogs and have had some great dogs in my adult life, I have well and truly become enamored of cats.We got Spike 11 years ago, a year or so after we moved
Happy Holidays!At this time of year, I like to set up free downloads to two of my novels. You can get these books for free on your Kindle from Tuesday, November 28th through Saturday, December 2nd at no cost. Double Billing is the story of a woman wh
My Sister got divorced about 2 years ago from a very angry man who she was married to for about 40 years. She lived in fear for a couple of years. She has since the divorced been to a few doctors about this bug thing and feels that no one believes he
You believe in each person’s intrinsic value, in the preciousness and possibilities life offers, and you believe that like others, you too are uniquely valuable and have an important role […]You believe in each person’s
2017 has broken the record for the most mass murders in a single year -- not something to be proud of, my fellow Americans.After the latest mass shooting in Tehama, California, John Snook, the executive director of the Treatment Advocacy Center had a
Stephen Paddock talks about is happy-go-lucky self Unusual, isn't it, that mental health professionals aren't chiming in with a diagnosis for Stephen Paddock? We usually do. I usually do. No... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title o
    When it comes to the effects of childhood trauma, I have good news and bad news. Let’s do the bad news first.   The bad news is that if you were traumatized as a child because you didn’t get love, sa
Used in a healthy way, affection can be a bridge to trust, intimacy, and safety in relationships. Consider the intention behind your affectionate exchanges....
I keep imagining hurting strangers I walk past in the halls of my school. I dont even know them, but I get these vivid mental images of slamming thier heads into the wall or kicking them. Im not even physically capable of things like this. Im general
1. Different Types of Friends Recognizing that you can have friends for different reasons is the first step towards bringing friendships back into your life. If you gravitate towards “all […]1. Different Types of Friends Recognizi
Medication non-compliance is a problem: patients don't take their pills.  We hear about it all the time in psychiatry: people don't take their medications and they relapse.  Sometimes they decide they don't need them when they do, s
Housekeeping: A quick update on email subscriptions: New subscribers should write to me and I'll add you to the list. Contact me at therapydoc at gmail dot com. Dryland, by Nancy Bercaw Now on to one... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title o
Here is a link to a six minute audio version of my Shanti, Shakti, Prema, Bhakti meditation to encourage peace, power, love, and devotion in your sweet self. http://audio_07_25_2017_21_12_45.m4a/Here is a link to a six minute audio version of my Shan
Online therapy, also known as distance therapy or teletherapy, offers certain advantages when compared with face-to-face therapy. But there are drawbacks, too....
From the U.S.: My husband does not handle stress well. He works at home and at times when I call him, he jumps down my throat and yells at me for bothering him. At other times I may just ask him a simple question and he answers me nastily. He has a l
Best friends, old-time buddies, school friends, casual friends, life long palsfriendships are vital to an emotionally healthy life. Quantity isn’t as important as quality, even a loner needs a friend […]Best friends, old-time budd
Really, this is a post for ClinkShrink, but she's been busy with other things.  Do you miss her? Let me invite you to listen to Clink's interview on Tier Talk/Corrections One, where she was interviewed about Are Prisons Turning Into Mental H
Houston under waterI take the pictures right off the TV screen, not unlike taking pictures for twitter when Anthony Rizzo hits another home run. Current Events It is 5:30 in the morning and I'm... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title of the
  After 40 plus years as a psychotherapist I now believe the holy grail of therapy is helping people feel safe. If that sounds too simplistic, just think about it. Whatever you are dealing with: anxiety, depression, grief, guilt or anger, th
Cognitive decline that occurs in people with dementia may cause symptoms of PTSD from past traumas to resurface, and these symptoms are often misdiagnosed....
As long as I can remember, negative thoughts have seemed to take control of my mind completely. I never see myself living a happy or even peaceful life, I always imagine my parents, siblings and friends turning against me. I often think of skipping m
“Choose your friends wisely”, mom and dad said when you were a child. That advice may have been absolutely correct. You are influenced by your peers, even more than you […]“Choose your friends wisely”
There's an on-line psychiatrist discussion group where docs exchange information, ideas and resources.  As in all things on-line, it's sometime is invaluable, and it sometimes makes me shake my head.  Today, I was tagged in a post t
Totality Those of us who get anxious at the very thought of a blinding sun, cautiously await what to do and what not to do from the media. We hear that while the sun is still out, and the... Hi. Please click above the date, on the t
If Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) isn?t working for you in your efforts to overcome substance abuse/addiction, SMART Recovery could be a worthwhile alternative....
I’m not urgently seeking help but I have a few tendencies that annoy myself that I’d like to know if I should go see someone or not. My mood shifts a lot and I can get angry/irritated within a second of being extremely happy and s
I pretty much stopped talking politics a few years ago. For a good part of my adult years, I’m ashamed to say that I viewed people who didn’t care about […]I pretty much stopped talking politics a few years ago. For a go
Move over, there's a new federal mental health committee in town.  The department of Health and Human Services has formed the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee.  My friends Pete Earley and Elyn Saks are
James Alex Fields, Jr, murdererWhat does that even mean? It is a white nationalist chant heard at the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on Saturday. You will not replace us! The crowd with... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title of th
Surviving cancer doesn?t necessarily mean it?s behind you. Many survivors experience posttraumatic stress and other issues as an emotional ?tsunami? hits....
From a teen in the U.S.: I feel as if I cant controle my emotions, I often get paniced and scared of thoughts and ideas that wont happen. In the past couple of years I have off and on had trouble with social anxiety and general anxiety. I suffered fr
Is it fair or kind to ask someone who’s depressed to try and smile? Is this something a supportive friend or even a therapist should do? Smile Studies You may […]Is it fair or kind to ask someone who’s depressed to try a
I'm going to send you over to the Washington Post for an article that was published last week, written by Stanford psychiatry resident Dr. Nathanial Morris:  please check out 'Psych Wards' aren't what you think.  Morris makes the po
Introspection, Teshuva, and Change: A Map HOUSEKEEEPING: I'm going to temporarily deactivate the "subscription" email option, probably this week. All of you who already get notifications, assuming... Hi. Please click above the date, on the title of t
New research shows seniors with a strong sense of purpose or meaning in life may experience fewer sleep disturbances and higher quality sleep at night....
Hi, i’m 28 years old and approximately 4 months ago changed jobs. In my new job I have day shifts and night shifts, I have more responsibilities than my old job and my boss is really rude to people, especially me because im new. The day bef
Can learning about personality disorders help us understand ourselves? Can it help us grow? PsychCentral’s resource page on personality disorders explains that they: “…form a class of mental disorders that […]C
Over in The New York Times, Melissa Miller has an article titled "How to Find the Right Therapist."Miller compares it to dating, and she makes the very valid point that good chemistry helps, it's really nice to like and respect your psychotherapist,
(1) My Glory Was I Had Such Friends is a memoir, the story of a lawyer who needs a heart transplant at the tender, life-affirming, age of 25. We tune in at 50 when she needs another. The... Hi. Please click above the date, on the ti
As a concerned mother, it may be tempting to attribute a son?s quiet distance to emotional issues. Often, it?s a matter of natural personality differences....
My dad calls me names. He has called me retarded, a runt, and dyslexic, and says I have chicken arms. My brother is special needs so he has some behavioral issues. In the morning I am supposed to make sure he gets breakfast and I can’t even
If I don’t like you or what you stand for, you must be Evil Ignorant In the minority (and therefore irrelevant) “Crazy” While there is certainly evil, ignorance, minority points […]If I don’t like you