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Depression is more than just a state of mind – Part III: Success is not a destination

(Originally posted August 28, 2018; reposted with edits) As a brief prequel to this post, I feel compelled to clarify that the purpose of the previous one was not to draw sympathy to my situation but to create a picture of depression that is both real and precise.  We all go through stuff.  What I …

Depression is More than just a “state of mind” – Part II: Descent, crash, and rebound

(Originally posted July 18, 2018) Despite four years of medical school, five years of post-graduate medical training, a second graduate degree, and a history of having been raised by not one but two psychiatrists… I had no idea I was depressed. Make no mistake, I knew quite clearly that I was unhappy.  But, highly skilled in rationalization, I was able …

Depression is more than just a “state of mind” – Part I: Physician Perspective on the Science

(Originally posted July 08, 2018) An alarmingly common group of conditions are becoming the bread-and-butter of my practice as a Primary Care Doc. Depression and anxiety along with their attendants (e.g., sleep disorders, irritable bowel syndrome), metabolic syndrome (consisting of obesity, diabetes, hypertension, lipid problems), and chronic inflammatory conditions (e.g., migraines, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue …

Understanding Pain

Understanding pain from the inside and enduring it has been a practice I have undertaken with great interest since learning that my ACL (anterior cruciate ligament in the knee) was torn.  It has been a fascinating and fruitful search. Fundamentally, physical pain is a signal and nothing more. It is a message from the body …


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