Pain · Uncategorized

Tips for dealing with pain

Living with chronic pain isn't easy.  Doctors say, "work on those coping skills," but they don't know what real pain's like.  The irony is that coping skills do reduce pain.  They aren't just about distraction or minimizing angst -- they physiologically block pain receptors and improve a person's quality of life.  So, with the understanding… Continue reading Tips for dealing with pain

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