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Posts published in September 2017

3 Things that Keep Us Lonely

As a psychotherapist, I frequently observe how lonely and isolated people feel. Although they may be married or successful in their career, people often report a painful sense of disconnection or alienation. Although there are varied reasons for experiencing a sense of isolation,…

How Ketamine Acts on the Brain

Ketamine is a medication mainly used for starting and maintaining anesthesia although it has also been used to provide rapid relief of treatment resistant depression. The ability to rapidly stabilize severely depressed patients has been demonstrated in several studies and has led researchers…

Best of Our Blogs: September 29, 2017

There are devastating things happening in the world today. Can we find paths to peace when everything feels like it’s falling apart? When I was a kid, I thought money was evil. It did crazy things to people-made them jealous,…

Why Is Trust Important?

Who do you trust? Ideally, family, friends and co-workers in our inner circles would be first among those to whom we offer our vulnerability. As children, we are taught to trust police officers, clergy and doctors. Sadly, those in all…

Happiness as a Choice

There are thousands of theories of happiness and how people feel such profound personal satisfaction that they are genuinely happy people. Some believe that happiness comes from achieving your goals. Others believe it comes when certain parts of their life…

On Losing My Mother

It has been 3 years since my Mother died at 9:41pm on a hot August night. She was 62 and pancreatic cancer had ravaged her body in a short 7 weeks. I was there. I remember the room, the funeral…

Ketamine for Rapid Treatment of Depression

A team of researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently discovered why the drug ketamine may act as a rapid antidepressant. Ketamine is best known as an illicit, psychedelic club drug. Often referred to as “Special K” or a “horse…

How Awe Can Diminish Anxiety

Take a moment to think about how you felt the last time you caught yourself ruminating and/or stuck in an anxious mode. Perhaps you were stressed about money or the health of a loved one. Maybe you simply felt overwhelmed.…

Best of Our Blogs: September 26, 2017

There are a few new things I’ve been doing that has had a tremendous impact on my emotional health. Gratitude.  You’ve probably heard it a million times. I have to. But I’ve only recently got it. That’s because I tried…