I recently met with Javier, a college sophomore, who sought help for his anxiety attacks. In a follow-up session that included his mom, he disagreed with her about how helpful marijuana may serve in treating his anxiety. Javier said that smoking weed is the best way to calm himself down. Mom worries about its safety, … Continue reading Cannabis: a safe treatment?
I’m not sure who coined the phrase “discontinuation symptoms” for what many patients feel when they go off antidepressants. “Withdrawal” seems to better describe the feeling that as many as a third of patients get: Agitation, anxiety, chills, sweating, dizziness, feeling down, fatigue, headache, insomnia, irritability, muscle aches, nausea, numbness, runny nose, and tremor, as … Continue reading Stopping SSRI antidepressants
One of the problems with writing a blog is procrastinating: putting off starting and completing one. According to writer Cari Tuna in the Wall Street Journal, an approach called Structured Procrastination can help when you delay tasks. “The brainchild of Stanford University philosophy professor John Perry, structured procrastination involves doing small, low-priority tasks to build … Continue reading Procrastination