Please enjoy this poem by one of my favorite poets, Billy Collins: Purity My favourite time to write is in the late afternoon, weekdays, particularly Wednesdays. This is how I […]
In honor of Valentine’s Day, here’s a taste of Funny Food, from our friend Bill Wurtzel. “LOX OF LOVE”
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.
Check out this item from Bill Wurtzel’s “Funny Food” collection. Bill is a good friend of ours, and a hugely creative guy. Here’s one of his latest:
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.
Here’s a funny and thoughtful post from The School of Life. The film clips are fantastic. The author, Alain de Botton takes a gentle look at that common phenomenon of […]
Understanding and changing family relationship patterns can make a huge difference for kids diagnosed with ADHD.
Amy: When my friend Jerry Clements showed me this cartoon today, I absolutely fell apart laughing. I felt like my psyche was on display. “How did they know?” I asked […]
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.
We’ve got a new feature on our blog. It’s called “Ask Amy & Dave”. It’s designed for our readers to ask questions about their own relationships, or any relationship of […]
Check out this Op-Ed from The New York Times by Internal Medicine physician Danielle Ofri. She cites a recent Canadian study which shows that empathic, caring conversation from their physical therapists actually reduced the patients’ pain more than a medical procedure designed to treat their condition.
Amy: All around the world, women–and the men who stand beside them–united in one voice to speak out against the newly elected Donald T. and everything he proudly stands for. […]
Amy: Last night I attended an enormous pre-Inaugural rally in New York that overflowed with energy and determination. We listened to a variety of speakers–actors, artists, politicians, activists, who exhorted […]
How Mental Distress Can Masquerade as Disease: Here’s a live case story which shows how grief can manifest as abdominal pain.