Dr. Orma contributed to a recently published book entitled, “Your Mental Health Questions Answered,” by J. Lucy Boyd, RN, BSN. The book is a valuable resource for consumers and poses questions to psychologists and psychiatrists on topics of interest in mental health. Dr. Orma answers two questions in the book about stress, one of his […]
Dr. Orma is currently profiled as a featured alumni on his graduate school’s website.
This is a continuation from Part 1 of this article. Psychotropic medication is used because of the view that psychological problems, like anxiety or depression, are “chemical imbalances,” a very vague concept. What “chemicals” are they talking about? And what is the “right” balance? No one can answer this, because no one knows. There’s no […]
A reader commented on one of my recent posts. I think many people who experience anxiety and/or depression feel similar, which is why I wanted to address it. Reader: “I am a staunch follower of Objectivism [the philosophy of Ayn Rand] and have been for over 25 years. What you are talking about is a […]
Ask most mental health providers why you’re depressed, anxious, anorexic, addicted to drugs, or struggling with most any psychological problem and they’ll likely tell you one of the following: it’s your brain, biology, genetics, upbringing, race, society, relationships, the media, God, or some combination of these. What you’ll consistently find missing from these explanations is […]
In this final article of my series, I address two more reader’s comments that raise questions about the ethical responsibilities of mental health (and medical) professionals with regards to AA. The reader’s comments are shown in italics and quotes, and my response follows. Comment 1: “I am hoping, as a medical provider and therapist, that […]
(Note: The readers’ comments in this article appear in italics and quotes and my response follows. Some of the readers’ comments were edited because they raised several issues, and I wanted to limit them to one topic at a time in my response.) Comments on Powerlessness “…Alcoholics Anonymous make clear that powerlessness does not equal […]
Social anxiety disorder (SAD) (also called social phobia) is a psychological problem where a person experiences significant fear of social and/or performance situations, particularly when exposed to unfamiliar people or where there’s the potential of being judged by others. When in these situations (or when anticipating them), the person feels intense anxiety, sometimes enough to […]