Here are a few more good facts to know about sleep. Myth: Insomnia causes depression and anxiety (or visa versa). False: While it’s true that many depressed or anxious individuals also have trouble sleeping and develop insomnia, it does not mean one causes the other. Anxiety and depression can certainly be one of many contributing […]
We all know Mondays can be tough. But they don’t have to be struggle. Dr. Orma was recently interviewed by Daily Burn for insights on how to beat the Monday blues and start the week off on a high note. Read the article on 10 tricks to boost happiness here!
In a recent article for ABC News, Dr. Orma shared his expertise on depression and insights into the emotional withdrawal couples have experienced after the intense high of saying “I do.” Read the full article.
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 […]
Group therapy can be an excellent alternative or supplement to individual therapy. Throughout San Francisco and Marin, you can find many groups for different issues, including eating disorders, anxiety, depression, grief, relationships, and more. In this post, I describe the advantages of group therapy, as well as ways to locate groups in the San Francisco […]
In part one of this post, I provided five myths about emotions. In this post, I present five truths. Truths: 1. Emotions are our fuel. Without emotions, we wouldn’t have motivation to do anything. This is hard to imagine, as you have always had them. Emotions provide the fuel to go after our goals […]
Myths: 1. Expressing an emotion will deplete it and get rid of it. This is one of the biggest myths about emotions and it’s touted by many mental health professionals. Many therapists encourage their clients to express their emotions as an end in itself, as if clients can empty themselves of the emotion like emptying […]
You go to your doctor and tell him you’ve been feeling depressed. He asks you a few questions, and five minutes later, he prescribes you an antidepressant medication. He does not fully assess what’s causing the depression; he just gathers the symptoms you’re experiencing and concludes: it’s depression. Being a medical doctor, he’s been trained […]