Author Archives: Dr. Gary Small

About Dr. Gary Small

Psychiatrist Neuroscientist Author

Sleep Helps Protect Your Brain

I love the way I feel after a good night’s sleep. My body is rested; my mind feels clear and alert; and I am happy to just linger in bed and relax. Of course, this delightful state is eventually interrupted … Continue reading

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Keep Walking to Stay Mentally Sharp

My wife’s 103-year-old grandmother lived in a third floor walk-up apartment in New York City. Every day she walked up and down those stairs several times to go shopping, to the post office, the dry cleaner’s and do other little … Continue reading

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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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