In: therapy

Skill Building for Psychosis
June 19, 2014

One of the very hard things about many psychiatric disorders, including bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, is that they often begin at…

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Summer Vacation: Taking a Break from Therapy
June 17, 2014

Maybe because it’s summer, and everybody’s thinking about vacations, or maybe it’s just a coincidence, but we’ve been spending a lot…

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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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Internet Therapies Generate Interest
April 1, 2014

There is increasing interest in “apps” that can support mental health (one of our most enthusiastic readers recently posted a query…

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Family Therapy Effective for Bipolar Teenagers
March 23, 2014

Family Therapy– Family-focused treatments have been shown to be effective adjunctive therapy to mood stabilizing medicine in adults with bipolar disorder…

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When the Grown-ups Disappear: On Self-Destructive Behavior
March 6, 2014

A brilliant young man I know has been stuck in a pattern of self-destructive behavior and constant and terrifying self-criticism. Nothing…

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Distress Tolerance
December 14, 2013

I have been doing some blog – surfing and happened upon a wonderful series, on the “disorderly chickadee” site that I…

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Bay Area Bipolar Educational Group
December 3, 2013

Dr. Descartes Li (see interview in our “Conversations” section) is starting another Psycho-Educational Group for Bipolar Disorder this spring. We are…

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Sleep Therapy and Depression
November 28, 2013

What would you do if you could double the effectiveness of your antidepressants? Let’s say that this new treatment also had…

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PTSD Psychotherapy Affects Gene Activity
November 7, 2013

Mind-body dualism seems alive and well in the land of mental health. I am still surprised how often someone will…

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Therapy for Anxiety in Bipolar
October 8, 2013

Anxiety is very common in people with bipolar moods. In fact, anxiety is typically the first sign of mental health problems…

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Treatment as Punishment
September 25, 2013

I have spent the last two days mulling over an interaction with a patient and with his therapist. The patient is…

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Acceptance versus Avoidance
September 21, 2013

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is based on the belief that five fundamental errors are responsible for much of human distress….

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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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Recovery from Disability
August 10, 2013

Sometimes we are privileged to help someone who is disabled due to bipolar or depression to recover and resume a full…

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Just Be Quiet
August 7, 2013

I just met with a smart, funny, attractive graduate student who had a severely traumatic childhood. She came in looking obviously…

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When Your Mirror Lies
June 27, 2013

When an individual spends massive amounts of time obsessing about minor defects or even normal elements of their appearance that it…

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Know Your Body
June 26, 2013

Geneen Roth talks about how infatuated she was with her imperfections while growing up. She was constantly thinking of how much…

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Defuse Dangerous Thoughts
May 26, 2013

We want to spend a little bit of time talking about one powerful technique for dealing with dangerous thoughts. Dangerous thoughts…

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