March 31, 2016
ISSUE | BIPOLAR DAY There is help, hope World Bipolar Day is marked annually on March 30. Bipolar disorder is a medical condition of the brain in which a person's moods swing back and forth like the winds of March. Diagnosed individuals - who encompass all ages, from children on up - can do quite well. Oscar-winning actress Patty Duke, 69, who died Tuesday, suffered from the disorder. What's needed is an excellent psychiatrist, a psychotherapist, and a support group, in which people like us learn from one another.
February 25, 2016
By Nancy Gerber The current trend of increasing sales of adult coloring books points to an unmet need in many people's lives for some quiet, creative time. The books also highlight how the creation of art can diminish stress, increase imagination, and foster thoughtfulness. However, many of those coloring books are also marketed as "art therapy. " Lost in the enthusiastic response to the trend is the distinction that coloring, indeed a therapeutic activity, is not actually psychotherapy.
January 13, 2014 |
Maurie Pressman, 91, of Philadelphia, a psychiatrist who ran a clinic aimed at spiritual and physical wellness, died Monday, Jan. 6, of a stroke at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. As medical director and founder of the Pressman Center for Mind/Body Wellness in Society Hill Towers, North, he explored the links between traditional psychiatry and mankind's spiritual proclivities. From youth, Dr. Pressman was torn between becoming a physician or a rabbi, and that spiritual longing never ceased, he told columnist Art Carey in an August 2013 Inquirer column.
November 3, 2012 |
A small group of therapists who have been bucking the psychiatric mainstream for almost 40 years is meeting in Philadelphia on Friday to talk about how to help those with mental illnesses without prescribing drugs. The International Society for Ethical Psychology and Psychiatry opposes the medical or biological model of mental illness that sees medications as a way to combat chemical or structural problems in the brain. The group sees even the most serious of mental illnesses, maladies like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, as a reaction to trauma, emotional pain or conflict, said Al Galves, a retired psychologist in New Mexico who is the society's executive director.
April 25, 2008 |
Jane Ward Newhall, 68, of Penn Valley, a child psychologist, died of ovarian cancer Tuesday at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Dr. Newhall was director of psychotherapy services at the Child Study Institute at Bryn Mawr College for 12 years. She initiated a social-skills program for young people, supervised testing, and provided psychotherapy and counseling to patients and their families at the institute. She also lectured to graduate students at Bryn Mawr. Dr. Newhall previously was on the staff of the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center for five years and was an associate faculty member in the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
March 17, 2008 |
Marge was 48 years old when she came to my office last year complaining of depression. She said her marriage was "comfortable, but without passion. " Her teenage children were doing well, but she was worried about paying tuition when the time came. Her work life had been stable for 15 years. And then she woke up one day and realized that, at her age, many of her professional dreams would never come true. And she would probably be spending the rest of her life in her merely "comfortable" marriage.
October 10, 2003 |
"If only we had known" is a sadly common refrain following suicide. Family, friends, coworkers and even mental-health professionals often miss the signals. This is National Mental Health Awareness Week, a time to be aware of the devastating impact of mental health disorders. It is also a time to appreciate the highly effective treatments available today. Above all, it is a time to reflect that too many people still suffer needlessly with diagnosable conditions and clinical risks that go undetected and untreated.
August 14, 2003
Fame likely played a role in Kobe Bryant case As a female who has never been raped, my heart goes out to Rhyan Romaine and other victims like her ("Shattering judgments," Metro Commentary Page, Aug. 8). However, I would like to add there are some cases where, yes, the woman must surely admit to some blame. I am referring to the Kobe Bryant case. While we all know that something happened in that room, I ask myself over and over again, if Kobe Bryant was my son - a no-named, no-face, regular black man - would that woman even have given him the time of day, much less agree to go to his room when she had just met him?
June 8, 2003 |
Here it is, the second week of June and your raincoat has gotten more use than your grill. You haven't needed sunscreen or wanted ice-cold lemonade. You've stared day after day at steel-gray skies that look more like late fall than late spring. If all this gloom is putting you in a bad mood, join the crowd. Area therapists say they're hearing from patients and non-patients alike who find themselves feeling cranky and sluggish. "A general sense of hope is not as easy to maintain when it's like this," said Tracey Ellenbogen, a social worker who does psychotherapy in private practice and at Belmont Center for Comprehensive Treatment.
July 1, 2001 |
The black psychiatrist's couch is absent, of course. Here at the Beck Institute of Cognitive Therapy and Research in Bala Cynwyd, psychotherapy takes place at a small, round table stocked with a couple of spare, hard plastic chairs. Chairs to work in, not relax. On Wednesdays, psychiatrist Aaron T. Beck, the renowned father of cognitive therapy - simply put, the anti-Freud - consults on the most difficult cases. On this particular day, he settles himself next to a troubled woman in her 40s who shifts nervously in her seat.