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California Psychiatry and Psychology Patient Services Resource

The New Normal

“On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?” It’s a question that most psychiatrists ask when assessing mood and medication maintenance. The scale is used to monitor feelings of anxiety, depression and other mental health issues. A patient’s response…

California mental-health spending often bypasses the mentally ill

As state mental health services have crumbled under budget cuts, tens of millions of dollars raised through a tax designed to help the mentally ill have gone to “wellness” programs like horseback riding for teens and yoga classes for city…

Requiem for a Nightmare

I am a recovering praise fiend.   As a little boy, I would sprint home and unload my day’s events to my nonplussed mother. “Hi, Mom, I earned an A on my English paper,” I would gush. And then my…

The Problem with Yelling

“The problem with verbal abuse is there is no evidence,” Marta shared. She came for help with a long-standing depression. “What do you mean lack of evidence?” I asked her. “When people are physically or sexually abused it’s concrete and…

The Gut-Brain Connection and Enterochromaffin cells

Our gut feeling rarely lets us down, although we know very little about how it happens. As science discovers more about the connection between the gut and brain, the role of the little-known and rare enterochromaffin (EC) cells becomes central…

Thoughts on Time Versus Money

If someone gave you five hundred dollars to spend on something that makes you happy, what would you buy? Some new clothes? Gifts for friends and family? Or perhaps you’d donate the money to one of your favorite charities —…