Resisting Medication?

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...

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Slight Differences in Symptoms Require Big Difference in Prescription

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...

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How To Discontinue Medication

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...

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What Our First Doctor-Patient Interview Is Like

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...

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When You Have Multiple Symptoms

When You Have Multiple Symptoms

In traditional medicine, it’s sometimes easier to focus on the primary (or only) complaint when patients come in. Granted, some patients who see me do have just one primary issue or complaint, and that’s what I call the beginning of the rabbit hole. In most cases, if asked enough questions, we can uncover more minor issues that end up being just as important as the primary issue. But if you’re feeling multiple symptoms, its...

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Recognizing a True Personality Disorder

Recognizing a True Personality Disorder

  From Dr. Paul Corona’s book, Healing The Mind and Body, Volume #2 As early as the playground in elementary school, we begin to notice particular traits in children that set them apart from others. There was the bully, the goof-off, the spoiled brat, the cheater, the teacher’s pet. Later, in high school or college, we began to identify students who enjoyed playing cruel pranks, thought it was funny to see people get injured or...

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