In: drugs

Harm Reduction
February 2, 2017

Reducing the Harm of Substances in Your Life: A Harm Reduction Approach Have you noticed that your substance use is impacting…

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4 Ways You Can Help a Loved One Cope with Addiction and Mental Illness
October 31, 2016

Mental illness and addiction co-occur more than some people may think. People with a mental illness are more likely to abuse…

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Lithium Health Benefits – Link to GPS
September 17, 2014

Several members of this forum sent me an e-mail with a link to an article that appeared in the New York…

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Does Psychiatric Treatment Work?
June 15, 2014

How well do psychiatric treatments work? Aren’t psychiatric medications just placebos? Does psychotherapy really do anything? These are the kind of…

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Mindfulness Based Substance Abuse Treatment Works
April 4, 2014

Relapse is common after substance abuse treatment, indicating that there is a clear need for effective followup options. A new study…

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“Hitting Bottom” and Substance Abuse Recovery
April 2, 2014

I’ve always been a bit ambivalent about the idea that sometimes, an alcohol or substance abuser needs to “hit bottom” before…

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Medications for Anxiety
February 24, 2014

A writer we have been seeing for about a year for depression and bipolar sent me an email yesterday – “I…

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ADHD Increases Traffic Accidents
February 5, 2014

Psychiatry News Alert, a service of the American Psychiatric Association that is the source of a number of these posts, reports…

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Long Term Antipsychotics – Adverse Effects on Brain?
December 21, 2013

This post is a bit off topic. I have tried to not focus on medication issues in this blog on the…

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Do Maternal Antidepressants (SRI’s) Cause Autism in Their Children?
December 11, 2013

Maternal Antidepressants. Two studies have suggested a link between prenatal exposure to antidepressant medication and autism spectrum disorders.  We are pleased…

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Herbal Supplements Often Not What They Claim
November 19, 2013

A recent study concluded that herbal supplements are often not what they claim to be. The study was published in the…

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Lithium, Bipolar and Creativity
October 3, 2013

A very talented writer who we’ve been seeing for about six months has noticed that her creativity seems to be way…

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Antidepressants Help You Focus on the Positive
September 14, 2013

I am always interested in articles that help us understand how medications work, and perhaps how the brain functions in different…

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Dual Treatment: Medications and Therapy Work Together to Treat Depression
September 10, 2013

A review in the prestigious journal JAMA Psychiatry suggests that there may be a clear biological explanation of how medications and…

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Therapy or Medications for Depression?
September 7, 2013

A new study published in the most prestigious psychiatric journal (JAMA Psychiatry – see reference below) strongly suggests that a brain…

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Memory, Stress and Aging
August 20, 2013

Many older people are concerned about impaired memory, and the relationship between memory, stress, and aging can be difficult to untangle….

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An Interview You Don’t Want to Miss!
June 26, 2013

Dr. Forster recently interviewed with Matt Tierney, a Nurse Practitioner who holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing from UCSF….

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Trojan Horse Medications
March 19, 2013

From time to time we are asked to review the care that people with cycling moods have received, trying to figure…

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Compulsions, Addictions and Secrecy
March 14, 2013

I got an urgent call yesterday from somebody that I’ve been seeing for several years.  His fiancee had just left him….

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Drug Companies
February 25, 2013

This blog has mostly not dealt with questions related to medications for treating mood disorders.  When we looked around to see…

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