Someone once offered me 50 million dollars to pursue an idea. The problem Let me start in the beginning. If you’ve ever worked or been a patient in a psychiatric hospital, you know about the problem: there’s no middle ground between the tight routine & support of being hospitalized and the toss-you-out-into-the-world discharge plan that […]
The part of the brain below the tentorium handles the basics, like breathing. It’s not the interesting part. Forget about it.
2009 The ground is covered with stones. Our host is squatted down, touching each stone passively then rearranging them according to color. He’s engaged mindfully. It’s an impressive coping skill. Even a psychiatrist has to admit that. (The psychiatrist is me, by the way, though I never confess that in public.) Nearby, a group of […]
“It is true that even across the Himalayan barrier India has sent to the west, such gifts as grammar and logic, philosophy and fables, hypnotism and chess, and above all numerals and the decimal system.” — Will Durant, American Historian Too much time, and don’t know what to do? Or maybe the better question is: […]
The challenge with mental illness is that it can’t be willed away. Dealing with depression, anxiety, substance abuse, or a personality disorder isn’t about pulling your socks up or changing your attitude. There’s no easy fix. By the time most of my patients reach my door, they’ve fought the fight of a lifetime trying to […]