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For most patients who finally find Dr. Paul Corona, it’s usually been years of struggle with depression symptoms, physical pain, anxiety or other related issues. No treatment, pill or doctor’s orders seem to be able to completely solve the problem.
That’s where Dr. Corona’s approach is different. He understands there’s only one solution per person, and that solution depends on a number of factors — your genes, your hormonal status, your body’s chemistry, your upbringing, even your current lifestyle and everyday stresses.

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Dr. Paul Corona cropDr. 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.

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July 1, 2016 |

Got a Histrionic in Your Life?

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 |

Resisting Medication?

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 |

Treatments for Eating Disorders

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 |

The One Way Ticket Disorder: Warning Signs of Eating Disorders

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 |

Slight Differences in Symptoms Require Big Difference in Prescription

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...

October 23, 2015 |

How To Discontinue Medication

When medications have assisted a patient through an emotional crisis or resolved a chronic mood disorder and the patient has demonstrated stability for a reasonable period of time, a consultation will be in order to discuss discontinuing medication. We first want to see how they do when we taper back to a lower dose. In fact, with some of our patients who are in a hurry to get off their meds, we may periodically experiment with a lower dose to see how well they respond. If the patient has been prescribed a combination of medications, we address them one at a time. Usually, the most recently added medication will turn out to be the one we first begin to back...

September 11, 2015 |

What Our First Doctor-Patient Interview Is Like

Sometimes, if people have never sought out a “head doctor,” there’s some reluctance and anxiety about the initial meeting. I’ve heard plenty of rumors as to how other doctors conduct their first interviews with clients, but I’d like to share with you how my first doctor-patient interview is done in my office to better put your anxieties at ease! When first-time clients arrive, they usually want to talk about their physical problems, because the physical is the indicator that something is amiss elsewhere. Allowing my patients to set the agenda is important for several reasons. First, I like to show them that I am listening closely with few interruptions so that they understand immediately that I have a genuine...

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