This Family Medicine hospital consultation involved a mute patient who had just had her leg amputated. The hospital staff was angry at her. Then this young doctor took the time to learn what was going on and everything changed.
When family dysfunction meets disease: How a therapy session transformed family patterns and helped a young woman improve her self-care.
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.
How Mental Distress Can Masquerade as Disease: Here's a live case story which shows how grief can manifest as abdominal pain.
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.
"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.
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 […]
Check out this unexpectedly lovely story from The New York Times. It’s the tale of a man, Joe Holt, and his upbringing in an atmosphere of severe abuse and neglect. […]
DK: I’d like to talk about what I do when I’m asked to do a consultation in the context of a psychiatric clinic. I call this method the Therapeutic Consultation […]
DK: Our blog is about attending to the effect of relationships, most specifically family relationships on mental and emotional health. When we describe clinical experiences there is an implicit description […]
Create the Partner You Desire: Learn how romantic relationships evolve, how they can go South, and what to do about it.
Amy: “If you don’t start offending your wife, I don’t think you’re going to have a marriage.” I heard these words come out of my mouth at a recent session with […]
Dave: Our blog is set up to provide alternative ways of thinking about emotional, behavioral, mental, psychiatric problems. We are not setting up a competition between patterns of thinking that […]
Amy: Sometimes in the course of my work with family doctors, we find ourselves engrossed in conversation that feels unexpectedly meaningful. Such a moment occurred the other night. I thought […]
Dave: I have mentioned one of my fundamental assumptions more than once: Everything we consider psychopathology is grounded in interpersonal experience, until proven otherwise. In my work as a Family Systems […]