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Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Impacted by SPECT Imagery

If your son or daughter has a substance abuse disorder and is given a dual diagnosis for a mental health issue, how do you know if the psychiatrist has made the correct diagnosis? Most often the doctor will listen to the patient, look for symptom clusters, make a diagnosis, and prescribe a medication or medications for the patient. The problem here is that psychiatrists don’t look at the problem; they guess! All other doctors look inside of the patient, to see what the problem is; they test and see what is actually happening to the patient in function and structure. Psychiatrists take out their crystal ball and they guess what the problem could be, without actually looking inside the brain. They are treating patients the same way that they were in 1818 when German physician Johann Christian Reil coined the term “psychiatry.”

Rethinking Triple Threat

I recently received a flood of web inquiries and phone messages from folks seeking help. Here is a sample: 

Letter From The Editor

We’re in the middle of winter in the desert and it’s been cold… 47 degrees cold. But, on the bright side, we have had some wonderful rain and California is no longer in a drought. What a blessing! The desert floor has gone from dry brown to lush green. Icing on the cake is that the desert flowers that usually bloom a bit later are already beginning to rise up from the ground...

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Sex Addiction

or DGAF I Don’t Give A Fuck

He never laughed and he barely smiled, a grin perhaps, for cover. He went through the motions, where activities in this impoverished little world of his were repetitive and ritualized, and he would employ people (often for money) to forget the misery for a moment’s relief. It was not about relating, loving, caring, or sharing fun, but rather performing a function, where bodies were revealed, while the souls remained hidden, an interchange of physical signs of aliveness without any indication of emotion in spite of some hopelessness, expressed by shamelessness and irresistible motions.

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Reefer Madness: Is Life Imitating Art?

Some of us remember the 1936 film, Reefer Madness. It was intentionally created to be dramatic to capture the audience’s attention as it states in the opening. That’s right. There was a new drug that was slated to destroy the youth.  When the drug ”Marijuana” was used, people experienced laughter, an inability to direct thoughts, errors in time and space and emotional disturbances ending in violence and incurable insanity. Most marijuana users have made reference to the movie as the laughable benchmark of propaganda. Pete Nielsen, California Consortium of Addiction Programs and Professionals (CCAPP) Chief Executive Officer, and I were talking about how times have changed, and that maybe now, life is imitating art as he put it.

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