Misery Loves its Company, for Now

by Richard S. Winer, M.D.
When patients come into the office for a session, the conversation often turns at some point to how things are at work. Sure, we go over compliance with the treatment plan, whether it relates to cognitive approaches or medication, but to me that's simply not enough. I have always believed that every meeting with a patient is a therapy session in its own way, even if the patient is there ostensibly for medication management. [Read More]

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Real issues are swept aside as sensationalism lives on

by Richard S. Winer, M.D.
The entertainment world and the general public have been reeling over the deaths of three iconic figures in the past week. It has been rather remarkable to notice the recent press coverage related to the deaths of Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett and Ed McMahon. At a time when patient after patient seems to come into my office with a tale of woe related to the current economic climate, the topics that really affect our financial and emotional well-being get put to the side. [Read More]

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Tough times make finding an escape difficult but essential

by Richard S. Winer, M.D.
As more of my patients tell me about how the current economic times are affecting them them, it is as if media reports are adding insult to injury. Various outlets regularly put forth reports outlining all of the country's financial woes, how they came about, and how they could either continue or be eased in the coming months. For years, the primary source of such information was either the business section of a local newspaper or one of the financially-focused newspapers and magazines like The Wall Street Journal or Business Week. The "old" news cycle allowed a certain lag time between when events happened and when they would run in print media. Not so, anymore. [Read More]

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