Here are some of the posts I’m planning for this coming week:
An update on Angela who returned from her whirlwind trip to San Francisco on Friday night. It’s time to report on how she’s faring as she begins the last days of her electroconvulsive therapy treatment course. Will she need maintenance ECT treatments? How is her memory?
BTW, she had a great time away. Went to two concerts, toured Alcatraz, and did a little gallery hopping. She thoroughly enjoyed that glorious city. I spoke to her the minute she walked in the door and will speak to her again, today. She mentioned that her memory was still a little “troublesome,” but certainly no worse. Perhaps even a little better. Her short four-day holiday seems to have done her a world of good. She sounded energetic and buoyant.
Psychiatric polypharmacy ~ a subject close to my heart.
Continue with our ongoing exploration of Psychological Resilience.
Plus he shared his wisdom, culled from years of experience.
“Psychological ‘resiliency’ or ‘learned optimism’ … is a hot topic these days,” he said. “I do think people can learn to be resilient, though I also think there are more or less resilient temperaments as a result of genetic and environmental constraints….Some of this literature overlaps with Albert Ellis’s REBT philosophy (Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, which is essentially teaching people to be resilient. His book (with Robert Harper) A Guide to Rational Living is a classic.”
Once again, thank you, Dr. Pies. You will be hearing from him often here.
He is a Professor of Psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY and also Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts University in Boston. He is also the author of several psychiatric textbooks, as well as Everything Has Two Handles – The Stoics Guide to the Art of Living, which I keep returning to and keep beside my bed. Also, a charming and insightful collection of poetry, Creeping Thyme; an evocative, haunting, yet humourous book of short stories, Zimmerman’s Tefillin – I savoured every page and regretted finishing it – and many others.
He is also Editor-in-Chief of Psychiatric Times, a peer-reviewed professional journal.
Dr. Pies wears many hats and he is a true polymath, a prolific writer and a wise and brilliant man. He has become a treasured friend and mentor, and I consider him to be our resident expert.
Finally, I will post on anything you that interests or intrigues you. Just let me know. You can find out how to reach me on the Contact page of this site.
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Stay tuned. Have a great Sunday. Today, I’m marking.
Wish you were here!
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