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Imagery: here’s the answer to your question
You have a burning question. There’s something painful in your life, and you stay awake long into the night looking for an answer. It’s urgent, and the emotion is killing you. Maybe it’s a daughter who uses drugs. Or you’re coping with an illness, stuck with out-of-control anger, or trying to decide whether to drop […]
Factitious disorder: faking sickness
Dear Doc Column 3-16-18 “Dear Doc, I’m a nursing student with a problem. This might sound strange, but I find myself faking sickness to get medical treatment, for no reason at all except I like being a patient. What’s wrong with me?” It sounds like you’ve got yourself into a tough situation, but congratulations on […]
An Unusual Way to Love Others
You are the wind and see yourself in the distance. You see a human. The human sits in a red chair at the center of the room, head leaning back, eyes closed, a half smile on their lips…
Things they don’t tell you about flying cash registers
FAQ gone wrong A patient recently tempted us with eight horrible words, “Your website needs a FAQ section.” Psychiatrists love questions, especially Frequently Asked Questions, and by the end of the day our FAQ section had grown exponentially. “How are you feeling?” “What was that like for you?” “Tell me more?” Then we got distracted. […]
Successful people who failed the first (and fourth and seventh) time
Few are born with achievement awards hanging on their walls. Success has to start from zero, a lonely but white-washed place where nothing’s been achieved and nothing’s been earned. And most of us have to “trial-and-error” life to figure out where we are, never mind where we want to go. Success doesn’t come naturally. And […]
Stages of Alzheimer’s Disease
It’s important to remember that people with Alzheimer’s don’t usually suffer because of their memory loss they’re unaware they’re sick and are often content to just sit still doing nothing.
Class 1: Buy notebook, tighten seat belt, and hold on for life
The Library of Libraries is a book-filled paradise. Its walls carry the testimonies of all humans, those who’ve lived and those who will live…