Coping skills & self-soothing · Fun · Opinion · Uncategorized

Meaning: a little bit of India

"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:… Continue reading Meaning: a little bit of India

Hospitalization & mental health providers · Opinion · Uncategorized

If someone offers you 5 million dollars… save mental health

Someone once offered me five 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… Continue reading If someone offers you 5 million dollars… save mental health

Opinion · Uncategorized

Thoughts about surviving mental illness, a psychiatrist’s perspective

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… Continue reading Thoughts about surviving mental illness, a psychiatrist’s perspective