Monthly Archives: October 2010

Mass Hysteria Can Strike Anywhere, Anytime

While still in my psychiatry residency training program, I was watching the news, and a story caught my attention – a bunch of grade school kids had been hospitalized because of a mystery illness. Outbreaks of mystery illness are more … Continue reading

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Can Exercise Cure Depression?

Not long ago, a friend told me about his symptoms of depression – trouble sleeping through the night, loss of appetite, forgetfulness, and occasional comments that he might be better off dead.  It all sounded like a major depression that … Continue reading

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Addicted to Therapy

Were decades of psychoanalysis enough to cure Woody Allen’s angst? Long-term psychotherapy seems to be on the decline these days – staying on the couch for more than five or six years is extreme, but many patients have a hard … Continue reading

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The Mile High Therapy Club

Not long ago, I was on an airplane queued up on the tarmac awaiting its turn to depart, when I noticed the young woman sitting next to me.  She was hyperventilating, holding her knees to her chest in a near-fetal … Continue reading

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Falling in Love with Your Psychiatrist

Her psychiatrist knows her inner thoughts and feelings better than anyone.  She can say anything to him and he doesn’t judge her, but only seems to understand her better.  She feels safe and comforted whenever she sees him.  He knows … Continue reading

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Secret Doctor Language

Not long ago, I was listening to an NPR segment about patients getting easier access to their medical records (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128875909).  Being a doctor and a patient, my first thought was, what a great idea.  But then I wondered how helpful … Continue reading

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