Archive | March, 2009

Bipolar Affective Disorder

The National Institute on Health estimates that approximately 5.7 million American adults, or about 2.6 percent of the population age 18 and older in any given year, have bipolar disorder. Although that is a large percentage of the population, in my experience, the disorder is not well understood. And quite often people dealing with this […]

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Psychotherapy and Meditation

The other day a client and I were discussing the similarities and differences between psychotherapy and insight-oriented meditation. It was a very interesting discussion, and I thought I would share some of our conclusions. The basic act of meditation is to notice what happens in the moment. While the meditator is seated, thoughts, feelings, and […]

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Loneliness and Depression

There is a very interesting article in today’s SF Chronicle. In “Social Isolation: A Significant Health Issue,” Katherine Seligman talks about the prevalence and stigma of loneliness. She sites a study that finds that 20 percent of all individuals are at any given time unhappy because of social isolation. She indicates that more and more […]

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