Community Newspapers Editorial

Janet was an appealing young woman in her 20s experiencing depression for the second time in her life.  In a series of interviews, we identified a prior depression that she suffered in her teens.  The symptoms she described in adolescence sounded like classic symptoms...

The Importance of Shame

Watching Ken Burns’ PBS documentary on the Vietnam War the other night. One clip showed Dr. Spock, the famous pediatrician, protesting the war because, he said, soldiers should not have to continue dying to keep President Johnson from “getting egg on his...

Psychodynamic Treatment of Addictions

Physical Addictions and Psychological Addictions Are Not the Same —You can be physically addicted to a substance without being psychologically addicted to it. —Vets in Robins et. al (1975) study:  90% heroin-addicted do not become addicted to narcotics back in U.S....

Talk to Him

I’m enjoying re-reading David Burns MD’s classic book for professionals and non-professionals alike, Feeling Good: the New Mood Therapy (1980).  I read it for the first time in graduate school in 1990.  It becomes evident as one reads his descriptions of...

Legends in Their Own Minds

Whatever one’s political views of Donald Trump, his candidacy for President has created an important discussion of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in the media.  The specific narcissistic trait which Trump (and everyone with the disorder) exhibits is...

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