I am seeing more anxiety and stress in my patients over the last few years. Yes, Covid is a thing, or was it a thing? Are we over that now with the Russia thing? I am not sure. On top of their normal lives, they worry. I have gone round and round trying to come up with a nice or soft way of sayin...

Dealing with people regularly takes a lot of work. Whether in business meetings, working with peers, or even dealing with a spouse. The problem many of us get into is understanding why people do the things they do. We cannot evaluate a person’s actions and understand what is happening. This is wh...

Anxiety often comes from the inability to control or deal with the things around you. While we cannot always have complete control over the things around us or the things that happen around us, we can control ourselves. We can learn to do our part and then let things be. I had a conversation with...

When you think about relaxing and luxury, many people think about a massage. While a massage can be very relaxing and part of any good luxury vacation, we should also view it therapeutically. For instance, after most deep tissue massages, you are instructed to “drink plenty of water,” but do you ...

I was talking to another doc the other day and realized that many doctors and lay people have the wrong idea about how depression feels. Real depression doesn't have to be, and often it isn't that you hate yourself. The actual clinical definition of depression is when you have no desire to do any...

There is an interesting piece of psychology that helps explain why people tend to get hit hard with the change they should have seen coming, and it's called the normalcy bias. Often we look back in history and ask why the people didn't see this big thing coming. The most obvious example is durin...

Time moves at warp speed. The last week was a blur and I know, with everything I have going on, I will look up next week and it will be Christmas. The best advice I ever got came from a colleague in Tennessee. Of course, I had heard it before, but for some reason, he made it real for me. We were ...

During the past few years, I have seen an increase in anxiety and stress in my patients. I have tried to develop a diplomatic way of saying this, but I can't, so here it is. People would be better off caring less about a lot of stuff. Not important things, but a lot of the other things that are j...

I am sure many of you wonder why I make such a big deal about psychology and talk about mental state so much. The reason is because of my study of neurology and biochemistry. Psychological stress does not just stay in your head. It goes all over the body and often ends up in the gut, where it wil...