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Dr. Paul Corona was born and raised in Southern California. He attended the University of Southern California from 1980-1984, where he received a BS degree in Biology/Premed. He then received his M.D. degree from New York Medical College in 1989, and completed a Family Practice Residency program from 1989 to 1992 at California Medical Center in Los Angeles, and became
Board Certified in the specialty of Family Medicine.
Dr. Corona enjoyed practicing the full spectrum of family medicine but in the mid-90s became particularly interested in how stress and other emotional symptoms affected the physical body.
He discovered that the Mind-Body Connection is a chemical one, and that imbalances chemically within the nervous system were primarily responsible for a lot of common medical problems that are seen daily in a primary care setting.Read More
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September 23, 2016 |
This series on the 13 personality disorders is largely taken from the second volume of my book trilogy, Healing the Mind and Body. To learn more about personality disorders, including recognition signs and therapies, feel free to purchase my book online here. Perhaps it’s helpful to have certain movie characters in mind as we begin to look at Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). We can recall Glen Close’s superb performance as Alex in Fatal Attraction, Robin Williams in One Hour Photo, and Jim Carrey’s spooky “Chip” in Cable Guy. In general, a personality disorder indicates an unsafe person who has an above average potential to create conflict – heated arguments, fist fights, lawsuits, etc. – but the borderline...
August 30, 2016 |
Do you know there are at least 13 documented and completely different forms of personality disorders? In the second volume of my book, Healing the Mind and Body, I cover all of the primary personality disorders, as well as the causes of disorders and how to recognize a personality disorder. (I’ve also written about the recognition signs in another blog article here.) Last month, I introduced you to the Histrionic Personality Disorder. This month, it’s all about the Narcissistic. You probably thought your friend’s complaint about a narcissistic boyfriend or girlfriend was just a trendy word of the day. But, as it turns out Narcissism is clinically proven, serious issue … usually moreso for the...
July 1, 2016 |
Over these summer months, I’ll be addressing various personality disorders. Personality disorders are varied, for sure. When family or friends discern in someone they know the signs or symptoms of a disorder, they should assist that person in getting help as quickly as possible. In some cases, psychologists are reluctant to treat personality disorders because they can be difficult to treat and might require years of ongoing supervision to finally vanquish. Treatment is further complicated by the fact that many people with this disorder are not aware of their condition, deny the diagnosis when presented to them, and refuse therapy because it forces them to face exactly what their disorder protects them from facing. Take, for instance, the...
April 2, 2016 |
If you’re resistant to trying medication on your doctor’s suggestion, you’re not alone. Every doctor has a number of patients who are reluctant to begin a “medication trial,” and some for good reason. There are people who have struggled to recover from addiction and alcoholism, and strongly resist taking any sort of pill that would alter their thinking or mood. Much has changed since the 1960s when the more addictive diazepam (Valium) was the medication of choice. Now we have a host of options that do not result in any sort of development of dependency. In fact, non-addictive medications actually help prevent people from self-medicating. How do I convince my patients to at least give...
March 25, 2016 |
In the first part of this series on Eating Disorders, I’ve addressed the absolute seriousness of this disease, as well as some of the more subterfuge signs to look for. Treating eating disorders is a complicated process as it involves so many aspects of the human personality, chemical unevenness in the brain, mood disorders, OCD aspects and low self-confidence, to boot. The reason some of these patients cannot break free (it’s not an exaggeration to compare their condition to an addiction), is because hidden among all the other factors contributing to their ED is a mood disorder. I hope that some day everyone has a much better education in how important a healthy diet is to...
March 11, 2016 |
EatingDisorders (EDs) are more complicated than any other disorder. They’re not only the most complicated to diagnose, but also the most difficult to resolve, even more difficult than drug addictions. The interplay between mind and body is especially intense in EDs. Eating Disorders are far more common in females than in males, although I have had several male patients who have also suffered with this condition. Tragically, serious illness and death are not uncommon consequence of ED, and the frustration for doctors is that we are often forced to stand by and helplessly watch people destroy themselves. Unfortunately, once a girl or woman steps into the confused and complicated world of ED, the odds of...
November 17, 2015 |
Too many times psychiatrists apply the same medication to patients who might be complaining about similar symptoms when their symptoms come from a cause that is uniquely differentiated than another cause. Prescription medications for depression or anxiety are not like aspirin that can be used for multiple issues. Proper treatment requires careful and persistent diagnosis. As an example, one of the most important and common misdiagnoses among the mood disorders is not distinguishing between unipolar anxiety and bipolar hypomania. Pure mania symptoms are easier to detect since the mind is racing so fast that irrational thinking such as paranoia with odd and bizarre behaviors occur that are easy to spot and easy to stop with...