The modern Child Psychiatry perspective is limited to focusing on the child, without including the family culture in which that child lives. This narrow understanding contributes to the child's isolation. That little person is usually worried about, and trying to help, the parents. No matter how it appears.
Dr. Dave on How To Love Your Very Self: He shares his reflections on how we lose our self-love and how to get it back.
Understanding and changing family relationship patterns can make a huge difference for kids diagnosed with ADHD.
Part of the appeal of the “chemical imbalance” metaphor is that it people don't have to feel 'guilty" about their depression, or problems with their kids. But it can keep both patients and therapists from getting to the all-important bottom of things.
The logic of “chemical imbalance” persuades both patients and practitioners that context and subjective experience are not important. But that logic interferes with the understanding the person's pain, and what it's made of.
Dave: There are two kinds of pleasure in both reading and in psychotherapy; plaisir (pleasure) and jouissance (to be defined later). ‘Pleasure’ is the general term for reading enjoyments of […]
Meaningful Psychotherapy: It is designed to produce the sense of possibility, and offers ‘whole person’ changes, not simply cognitive adjustments or pain relief.
Contrary to common belief, the Christmas season is often a source of renewal for the family spirit.
There is no chemical imbalance. At least there is none that can be measured or quantified. “Chemical Imbalance” is a persuasive metaphor used by psychiatrists, physicians and drug companies to convince people to take medication.
Modern Psychiatry, in league with pharmaceutical and insurance companies, promotes language which advances the idea that emotional “problems” were neurophysiological ‘disorders’.
Dave: Parallel playing is akin to writing poetry, fragments, often disparate, are blended into a collage-like whole. In a real life therapy session parallel play leads to a rough draft […]
Dave: I have been thinking, “There is more to life than Trump.” So I am going to get off the Trumpoline for a bit. We can be assured the thing […]
Lack of curiosity is a dangerous thing--in medicine, therapy, culture. Trump's manner of speaking certainly promotes “not knowing what you don’t want to know”. He is a disturbing model for over-simplified explanations and sneering at complexity or any level of sophistication or subtlety.
Dave: My partner in blogging Amy Begel wrote an excellent personal essay, This Woman’s Perspective: What “Trump-ism” Has Awakened In Me. She commented on how the offensive behavior and language about […]
Dave: I have a long interest in patterns of illness in families. Much of my clinical work is involved in working with families referred by a physician where a member […]
Here are my reflections on a rather subtle, yet insidious family pattern characterized by invisible (unconscious) demands for false togetherness, the demand that all family members pretend to think the same. This enforced "togetherness" has a formidable, unyielding tone, suggesting it is not to be questioned.