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An Epidemic of Fatigue
September 1, 2017

Several of my patients reported odd changes in their sleep and  their energy level this past week, as though there was…

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Increased Alcohol Use in US
Increased Alcohol Use in the US
August 14, 2017

A detailed and impressive study finds dramatically increased alcohol use disorders in the US in the past decade. Between 2001-2002 and…

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Exercise Solutions
Exercise Solutions to Roadblocks
June 20, 2017

I was inspired to write this post on exercise solutions by a wonderful article in BP Hope that not only talks…

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Travel Preparation for Bipolar
June 4, 2017

Travel and mood are very much related. Often a trip is associated with a significant change in mood. This can be…

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Psychotic Experiences in Normal People
November 6, 2016

Worldwide Study Finds some People without Mental Illness Report “Psychotic” Experiences Psychiatrists tend to assume that certain experiences are a clear sign…

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Jet Lag Explained
August 8, 2016

What is “jet lag” and why do most people feel worse when they travel around the globe in one direction, rather…

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Secrets are Dangerous
April 5, 2016

A young, attractive, and very successful man who recently got married came in to see me the other day and told…

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TV Watching Leads to Impaired Cognition
March 11, 2016

How can we build up foundational, long-lasting healthy habits while young? We know it’s important—a perennial question, if not one we…

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Insomnia Causes the Munchies
March 9, 2016

In an article that appeared in the journal SLEEP in February, 2016, and which was summarized in a New York Times…

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Hidden Psychosis
February 13, 2016

In the last six months I’ve had a couple of experiences that I’m still trying to make a sense of. Two…

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Adult ADHD
February 10, 2016

Adult ADHD May Be Distinct From Childhood ADHD Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children may be distinct from and unrelated to ADHD…

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Psychopharmacology and Psychobiology
February 8, 2016

The wonderful thing about having two blogs (www.moodsurfing.com and www.gatewaypsychiatric.com) is that there are two sets of readers for the articles…

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Antidepressants in Pregnancy and Autism
January 22, 2016

Antidepressants in Pregnancy: Is Excess Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder Believable? Journal Watch Psychiatry editor, Allison Bryant, MD, MPH, reviewed a recent…

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Pregnancy and Mental Health
January 19, 2016

Pregnancy and mental health problems – how to reconcile the two – are often topics of discussion on this website and…

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Mood Charting for Complicated Problems
December 3, 2015

Mood Charting for Complicated Problems Lucy is a single woman who is a professor of anthropology at a local university. She is in her late…

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Omega 3 Prevents Psychosis
September 7, 2015

The Omega – 3 supplementation story seems to take many twists and turns.   At one point, based on double blinded…

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Distress Tolerance
August 7, 2015

In A wonderful young woman we have been seeing for a few months asked for some recommendations for skills to help her…

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Our Relationship to Pain, Matters
May 8, 2015

Chronic pain can significantly affect our lives. It can result in not being able to engage in activities we loved to…

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Travel and Mood
February 15, 2015

Travel and mood are very much related. Often a trip is associated with a significant change in mood. This can be…

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Sleep Fatigue and Depression
January 16, 2015

Yesterday I gave a presentation at UCSF to the Mood Disorder Clinic psychiatrists and residents: An Update on Bipolar Depression.  Much…

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