What Causes Depression?

What Causes Depression? What Causes Depression? It really depends on who you ask.  If you ask a physician, whose training is in biology, physiology, and neurology, you will likely get an answer that talks about genetic and biochemical causes. If you ask me – my...

More on Bibliotherapy

When I recommend a book to clients, I encourage them to read it three times. First, read it through as you would any book. When you have finished reading it the first time, immediately turn back to page one and read it through again. Only this time, study the book...

Self Help Books & Counseling

Read Two Books and Call Me In the Morning I often recommend self help books to my clients. Not as a substitute for counseling, but as an adjunct to counseling. The books I most often recommend are in the sidebar on the right. One reason I recommend self help books is...

Choosing a Therapist

I did a quick internet search and found lots of advice on how to find the right therapist/counselor for you or a family member. Some of the best advice is below: From Psychology Today: Here’s a brief checklist of qualities to look for when seeking a counseling...

When Did Shy Become A Problem?

When did shy become a problem? There is an old joke among mental health professionals (old; not necessarily funny): if a patient is early for his appointment, he’s anxious; if he’s late, he’s passive-aggressive; and if the patient is precisely on...

OCD in Childhood…

…what it’s not. I am amazed at the parents who either over-react or under-react to their childs struggles in life. It seems like I am constantly trying to convince some parents their child really does have problems. Some behaviors just aren’t normal...

Bipolar Disorder in Children

The Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry’s treatment guidelines (or practice parameters) for children with bipolar disorder can be found here: (guidelines). I do have some problems with what I’ve read so far: to begin with,...

How to take SSRI’s

This Op Ed piece, SSRIs – Nightmares by the Dozen, is filled with anecdotal stories about the horror’s of anti-depressant medication. The first problem I see is the nature of stories: for every one horror story of a person committing suicide or homicide, I...