Looking for Alternatives to Medication?

If you are open to or interested in non-traditional treatment approaches for mental health, you might like to read about the classical homeopathic approach to healing.

A highly regarded book covering the basics of classical homeopathy that I recommend is: Beyond Flat Earth Medicine, by Timothy Dooley, ND, MD.

Dr. Dooley has an office in San Diego and is highly regarded in the community.  For more information about his practice and a link to a free-read of his first edition of the book visit: www.drdooley.net.

Other titles of great value include: Prozac Free and Ritalin-Free Kids by Judith Reichenberg-Ullman.  These books may help you determine if a non-traditional path toward healing is right for you!

For more information or referrals to other homeopathic doctors or practitioners in the community, feel free to call me at 619-379-7450.

Researchers Investigate a New Class of Drugs to Treat Depression

Check out this two-part story from NPR’s Health Blog:

Part 1:  http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/30/145992588/could-a-club-drug-offer-almost-immediate-relief-from-depression

Part 2: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/31/146096540/i-wanted-to-live-new-depression-drugs-offer-hope-for-toughest-cases

Always consult a medical doctor before starting any new medication treatment. 

Do you want to talk to someone about your history of depression or anxiety?  It can be helpful to meet with a psychotherapist to discuss the severity of your symptoms and functioning.  Sometimes, a couple of months of therapy is all that is needed to get back on track. 

Feel free to call me at 619-379-7450 to discuss scheduling an appointment.

Moving Beyond Stress in San Diego

We’ve all been there: recipients of unpleasant news or decisions by others that would negatively impact our lives and our feeling of peace.  Job loss (or the threat of it); changes to importance relationships through divorce, death, or breaches of trust.  Stress is a part of life.  Our emotions (negative and positive) are a part of being human.  However, sometimes we may find ourselves getting stuck in our stress, unable to move past our difficult circumstances.  Sometimes chronic anxiety and depression may ensue. Sometimes people develop stress-related medical conditions.  However, it is important to remember that we still have power and choices we can make.

It All Boils Down to Three Simple Choices.  We can:

  1. Continue suffering.
  2. Try to change the situation or how we feel about the situation.
  3. Radically accept what has happened.

 

When we “radically” accept, we are accepting completely, wholly.  For most people, acceptance is a process.  We don’t just wake up and decide, “Today I will accept ‘xyz’ situation” and not continue to experience stress related to the event.  Inevitably, a thought, memory, encounter will trigger the emotions preventing us from accepting, and then we simply must begin the process of accepting again. 

Acceptance doesn’t mean that you agree with what has happened, but that you accept that a certain set of facts/events have taken place.  It involves letting go of fear and anger.  To radically accept, we might have to “let go” over and over.  When we move into acceptance, we can take back our power and begin to take the necessary steps to improve our circumstances and rebuild our lives.

If you need help with accepting and letting go, you might benefit from individual and confidential counseling or psychotherapy.  Another alternative is taking a stress-reduction course that helps you become calm and grounded within yourself.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Starts June 9th

Wow.  MBSR. I cannot wait to start teaching  the next course.  MBSR skills are very powerful for becoming centered, grounded, reducing anxiety,quieting the mind, and taking attention away from pain and suffering.  For more information and to read A Powerful Story of MBSR Working at Death’s Door, visit:  www.WhyMBSR.WordPress.com.