Dr. Jonathan Becker

‘Tis the Season

 The holiday season comes around each year when the days are the shortest, darkest, and coldest Whether it is due to grief for a departed loved one, family discord, isolation, loneliness, being “stuck inside”, or any number of reasons, so many of us struggle through this time of year despite being told that it should be joyous …

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ECT

ECT

ECT is the oldest biologically based treatment in psychiatry.  The first treatment was performed in 1938.  The first ECT patient had a condition we now call catatonia.  Catatonia, untreated, is nearly 100% fatal.  This patient would have died in a state psychiatric hospital as many people at the time did due to untreated mental illness.  …

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may be the most misunderstood psychiatric illness.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) may be the most misunderstood psychiatric illness.  Most people have heard someone say, “well that’s my OCD” or “I’m OCD about cleaning my house.”  OCD is not simply wanting things to be neat and orderly or having to do things a certain way.  It is, at times, a debilitating brain illness …

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Understanding Mental Illness

Mental Illness = Brain Disease To explain mental Illness, it makes sense to look at other illnesses that affect the human body. Hypertension, also called High Blood Pressure, is a type of disease that increases the blood pressure in the body. This illness is often an inherited disease that is caused by both genetic and …

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Ketamine & Esketamine: Busting the Myths

The drug, ketamine, comes in a variety of forms, potencies, and uses. For example, the medical community often uses it at high doses as an anesthetic and/or to help manage pain. Additionally, at lower, sub-anesthetic doses, clinicians may use ketamine to help treat depression. Nasal esketamine (Spravato®), which is the only FDA-approved ketamine-based treatment for …

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