Dr. Wittlin has a holistic approach to treating patients. He understands symptoms as a product of biological, social, psychological and potentially spiritual discord in a patient’s life. As such he utilizes medications along with individual psychotherapy, couples and family therapy.
This is the single most important question in psychiatry because depression is the most common psychological cause for compromised functioning and emotional anguish. The answer I present is based upon my treatment of more than 2000 depressed patients in my private practice over the past 15 years.
Asperger’s Disorder (AD) is a Pervasive Developmental Autism Spectrum Disorder characterized by normal IQ and normal developmental milestones including language and cognition. AD is considered the highest functioning classification within the autism spectrum. AD kids can be quirky with a
Hamilton and Tufts turned me down. Hopkins said I would be accepted in liberal arts, but not in pre-med. Then horror of horrors, John’s Hopkins wait-listed me. It was beginning to look like I might end up at my safety
Viewed psychodynamically, if depression represents anger turned inward, then behind every suicide lies the repressed act of murder. The act of suicide seals the lips of its victim to the betrayal, lack of love and empathy and unbearable humiliation that have led
The nature of our society is not very conducive to a healthy emotional life. To be “emotional” is seen as a negative. “Emotional” people are generally characterized as weak or needy. People who over-identify with their emotions may lack personal
In my last article I discussed how the way we were parented as children affects our parenting of our own children. I mentioned how as a parent, one might feel as if they are on autopilot. This feeling of being
Parenting is one of the hardest jobs on the planet. Once the reality sets in that you are responsible for a human life, your whole world changes. You gaze into the eyes of your newborn and promise her the world.
Psychiatry has become synonymous with psychopharmacology, the treatment of symptoms with medication. Though such treatment is a crucial component to psychiatric care, patients are more than successfully medicated symptoms. Over-powering anxiety, depression, suicidality, angry meltdowns, insomnia, feeling hyper or wired,
Academic achievement without corresponding social development can contribute to the formation of emotional disorders. Children benefit from significant unstructured time and social mentoring. For healthy self-esteem and personality development, children need to play, fantasize and daydream. More competitive and structured
When asked what is the goal of psychoanalysis, an older and more sanguine Freud replied psychoanalysis aims at turning extraordinary psychological misery into ordinary human suffering. Psychoanalysis accomplishes this by sifting through the patientʼs unconscious oedipal complex to uncover the ages four to
It is so easy to focus on our symptoms. Often, we feel frustrated with our real lives annoying little habit of contradicting our fantasies.The problem is that the only real antidote to this dilemma can be a very hard lesson