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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Signs and Symptoms of Depression: Symptoms of MDD

Before moving on from my discussion of depression to write about other disorders, including bipolar illness and anxiety disorders, I wanted to present the following list of symptoms for Major Depressive Disorder, or clinical depression. This information comes from the National Institute of Mental Health. It is a very concise list of symptoms, many of […]

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Signs and Symptoms of Depression: Dysthymic Disorder

I have written previously about the most serious form of depression, what is called Major Depressive Disorder and sometimes referred to as clinical depression. But another type of depression is important to note: Dysthymic Disorder. This type of depression is characterized by long–term (two years or longer; 1 year in adolescents and children) but less […]

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This Momentous Time

Given that I am writing this during the week of amazing events in our national history, I have to detour from writing on psychotherapy issues and add my words to what is being written at this momentous time. This week saw two such events. The first, which was truly a foundation for the second, was […]

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Avoiding Emotional Eating During These Difficult Times

It pays to have so many magazines in a therapist’s waiting room: One can never know where some useful information will be found. Take the recent edition of People magazine. This issue is focused on people losing weight. And on page 104 there’s a very short side bar about helpful hints to avoid emotional eating, […]

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Just Breathe

One more word about techniques for helping to reduce stress during these tense, economically challenging times. Breathe. Take time to consciously breathe in and out. Research has shown that breathing is an excellent stress buster. In fact, it seems that breathing and stress cannot co-exist: during that moment, when you inhale, the stress is gone. […]

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