Robert Berezin, MD

Psychiatrist and author of Psychotherapy of Character:
The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain

Psychotherapy Is the Real Deal. It is the effective treatment.

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It is encouraging that more and more people – psychiatrists, patients, and researchers – are opposing drug treatments for depression, anxiety, and ADHD. But this is only half the battle. To oppose the direction that psychiatry, my field, has sunk comes with the obligation to right the ship. It is essential, and of paramount importance, to restore psychiatry to its proper place, where patients are well treated. In the history of psychiatry, the quest used to be to devote all of one’s thought and study about the real sources of human suffering, and submit it, with humility, in the service of the… Continue reading

A Call to Arms. The future of psychiatry is at stake.

 

Psychiatry is fast approaching a death spiral which we as a society may not be able to recover from. In many residencies, psychotherapy is not even being taught. Many psychotherapists of all professions – psychiatric, psychologists, and social workers have been intimidated by specious neuro-biochemical theories, while others have simply given up. And now, there aren’t many remaining good therapists in practice anymore.

The chemical imbalance theory of somatic psychiatry has almost completely replaced a genuine understanding of human struggle. The underlying theory of somatic psychiatry is that the source of human struggle is considered to be the brain… Continue reading

It’s time to scrap, “Innocent by reason of insanity”. Time to change to “Guilty By Reason of Insanity”

It’s time to scrap the insanity defense altogether – ‘Innocent by Reason of Insanity’.  A crime should be defined by criminal behavior, not just by the state of mind of the accused. It ought to be replaced with a plea of “Guilty by Reason of Insanity’. The fallacy of the insanity plea is that it only assigns responsibility based on the state of mind of the perpetrator. This is of course a very major issue, but it is not the only issue. No matter how deluded a defendant is, once he commits the action of a crime, then there are… Continue reading

Enough is Enough Series #3: A Hallucinogen for Depression? Biological psychiatry is actually testing Ketamine or ‘Special K’ for depression.

The article, “Special K, a Hallucinogen, Raises Hopes and Concerns as a Treatment for Depression”, by Andrew Pollack, in the New York Times, December 9, 2014, tells how far afield, my field, psychiatry has really gone – that it is even a consideration to use an hallucinogen for the treatment of depression.

Let’s start at the beginning. Depression is not a biochemical disorder. It is actually a manifestation of personality when too much anger gets directed at the self and crosses the line into a symptom.  See – “No its not the  Neurotransmitters, Depression is not a… Continue reading

Who Is Responsibe for Your Teenager’s Behavior? Good Enough Boundaries and Love are the Most Important Guides

One day, a thirteen-year-old boy was walking down the street, or maybe he was on his bike, or watching a movie, or doing homework, or playing ball. He could have been doing anything. His morphogenic time clock kicked in and turned on his testosterone pump. It wasn’t noticeable at first blush. But soon he was sleeping more. He got grumpy. He finally started growing and put on some height. His genitals grew and became active, with a mind of their own. Hair appeared over his lip, on his face, under his arms, and around his genitals. His voice began cracking.… Continue reading

Robin Williams’ painful suicide. But the Autopsy is back.

I have stayed away from speculations about Robin Williams’ suicide. I don’t know what pushed him over and neither do you. The autopsy showed that he had not been drinking or using illegal drugs, but he was taking prescription drugs. And what were they? It is important to take note that two of these prescription drugs were antidepressants. And he began taking Seroquel a week before he committed suicide. This is very suspicious. Antidepressants have been implicated in suicides by children and by adolescents. It is already established that that they embolden people to act on suicidal tendencies. The black… Continue reading

Take the ‘Fix’ All the way to no Amphetamines

There’s a suprisingly good article in the New York Sunday Review – “A Natural Fix for A.D.H.D.” , by Richard A. Friedman. The only difference I have with the author, is that he does not go far enough. He has it right and then he pays homage to amphtetamines. At the end, he says, “This will not eliminate the need for many kids with A.D.H.D. to take psychostimulants.” There should be NO kids on amphetamines. See my blog on “How do our children get Misdiagnosed with so-called ADHD?” and “Reflections on “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”.

The Secret World of Schizophrenia – The tragedy of a promise unfulfilled.

The treatment for schizophrenia and manic-depression have shockingly deteriorated throughout my professional lifetime, dating back to 1971. During the hopeful period of deinstitutionalization, it seemed like we were turning the corner. We had expected that patients would return to the community. There they would have individual and family therapy; housing; assistance with working; and help with activities of daily living, when necessary. Finally, an enlightened age, finally. It didn’t happen. So many became homeless. As Allen Frances documented, we have closed a million psychiatric beds and locked up a million psychiatric patients in prison. – “Psychiatry and Recovery: Finding… Continue reading

False Cure for PTSD – Erasing Bad Memories, Lobotomy by Laser

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Scientists find secret of reversing bad memories“, published in the ‘Telegraph’ from an article in ‘Nature’, extends a dangerous trend in neuroscience – It makes false and non-credible promises from research. The troublesome aspect of this article is that it promises that optogenics – pulses of blue light that trigger neurons to fire – can manipulate the brain and magically treat PTSD and depression. This false promise misleads a gullible and susceptible public who are drawn to this kind of magic. And this seductive claim is actually made to seem plausible and scientific.It extrapolates from flashing the… Continue reading

Are You a Participant or Are You an Observer? Do you engage with feeling, or analyze from afar?

The last of the four genetic elements of temperament is Participant/Observer. We have addressed the other elements – Internalizer/ExternalizerIntrovert/Extrovertand Active/Passive -  as they digest maternal NurtureThe orientation as Participant or Observer determines how one relates to the people and scenarios of the play of consciousness as a whole. A Participant is naturally oriented to be immersed in and emotionally involved with others. He easily and naturally engages through feeling. The natural orientation of an observer, on the other hand, is to process at a distance, rather than be immersed in the feeling relatedness of… Continue reading

Robert Berezin, MD, psychiatrist and author of Psychotherapy of Character: The Play of Consciousness in the Theater of the Brain

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