We often hear about depression as "anger turned inward." Sometimes it works the other way around, with anger masking a depression. Here's what that can look like.
Amy: Something unexpected happened to me when I read David Keith’s “Unconventional Therapy Perspective”. (7/23). I wrote David a note when I finished reading his post and, though I hadn’t […]
Tara Parker-Pope’s NY Times Well Blog talks about how faking happiness can bad for our health. This reminds me of an article I read many years ago by Paul Watzlawick […]
Dave: What follows is on the subtle side– ideas that might be more for therapists, but there is information here that is useful for thinking about relationships and how they […]
Many thanks to one of my family doctor student for turning me on to “The School of Life”, a website from the U.K. devoted to “emotional intelligence”. They run a series of podcasts by philosopher Alain de Botton, author of “Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person”. (See post from May 30). This particular podcast contains some wise reflections on […]
"Compliance carries with it a sense of futility for the individual and is associated with the idea that nothing matters, life is not worth living…"
Too often we think of depression as an individual problem of "chemical imbalance". Most of the time, in fact, depression and mood have to do with the person's important relationships. This is invisible to the naked eye. You have to know how to look.
Please enjoy this beautiful story/poem by a friend, former Maimonides Medical Center cardiologist Joydeep Ghosh. The Cardiology Fellows at Maimo describe him as a “rhythm specialist”. I agree. I got […]
Dave: In my view the depressed person is often the emotionally healthiest or better, the most emotionally adequate member of the family. When there is caring, (psycho)pathology is sharing or […]
In a New York Times Op-Ed entitled “Diagnosis: Human”, written a few years ago but still pertinent, author Ted Gup responds to an article about how large numbers of our […]
Here’s a small morsel to chew on from D.K. about the “Anatomy of An Affair”: The woman’s toughness fits in with my story of the princess and the frog. However in her case it sounds like the threat to throw him against the wall became a pattern of behavior that neutralized the possibility of being peers. She was the supervisor. Sex […]
The extra-marital affair, or an affair which occurs in any committed relationship, ranks as one of the most traumatic events in the lives of an intimate couple. The sexual violation and, more than that, the dishonesty and betrayal make the recovery process a fragile one.
Dave: So this is another one of those stories about a Princess. As with Goldilocks and the Fairy Tale Marriage, This is another modified Grimm Brothers tale, but it is […]