Covid-19 Mental Health Effects

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Neurological and psychiatric symptoms are common in COVID-19 infections A recent meta-analysis looked at 215 studies from 30 countries and found that neurological and psychiatric symptoms such as depression and anxiety are common in patients, and are found as much or more in mild cases as in acute cases requiring hospitalization. Loss of sense of smell and taste, weakness, fatigue …

Mental Health Awareness 2021

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For now over 70 years, Americans have delegated the month of May as “Mental Health Awareness Month” (since 1949). And with medical experts and researchers across the planet sharing their observation that the Covid-19 pandemic is going to continue to have an array of mental health impacts into the foreseeable future, mental health awareness needs to remain in the forefront …

Fasting Mimicking Diet

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What is the Fasting Mimicking Diet? We have just begun trying out the ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet, developed by an expert at the University of Southern California.  It’s a new concept in dieting relying on the science behind intermittent fasting, which is a method of dieting by fasting for some hours or days each month.  The Fasting Mimicking Diet, however …

Valbenazine for Tardive Dyskinesia

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The FDA just approved a new drug, valbenazine, for tardive dyskinesia. Until now there have been few treatment options (vitamin E is sometimes helpful) and the most common choice patients and doctors had to make was to reduce the dose of the atypical antipsychotic that caused the tardive dyskinesia, or switch to another medication, possibly leading to worsened psychiatric symptoms. …

Mental Health and Violence Conference

Peter Forster General, Policy

I am very pleased to share an announcement for a conference for mental health professionals and psychiatrists sponsored by the Northern California Psychiatric Society . The topic is both an important one and one about which there is much confusion and strong conflicting opinions. I’m proud that our local district branch is not walking away from it but has arranged …

When is my appointment?

Peter Forster About GPS, General, GPS Update

A fair number of emails we get have to do with an urgent request to be reminded when someone’s appointment is to take place. Sometimes the email gets sent only a few minutes before the start of the appointment. Since we don’t interrupt sessions to answer emails, and often don’t have time to answer emails between sessions, this can be an exercise …

Treatment History Records Retrieval

Kelsey Schraufnagel About GPS, Best Practices, Costs of Treatment, General, GPS Update

As many of you may know, either as a patient in our clinic or by reviewing the information on our website, we pride ourselves in our comprehensive and thorough assessment process. We use the information gathered during this phase to understand the problems that are bringing someone to see us and to develop an individualized treatment plan based on her/his …

Bipolar Movie – Here One Day

Kelsey Schraufnagel General

Conversation with Kathy Leichter, Director of Here One Day We had the absolute pleasure of talking with director Kathy Leichter about her experience of making her movie, Here One Day.  Here One Day is an intimate look into her mother’s experience with Bipolar Disorder and as well as her own, as her daughter. Question: How did you come up with …

Institute for Psychiatric Services

Peter Forster General, GPS Update

The Institute for Psychiatric Services, the American Psychiatric Association’s smaller and more collegial educational program, is coming to San Francisco next week. The meeting will be in San Francisco’s Moscone Center from Thursday through Sunday and promises to be a not to miss educational and social program for clinicians with an interest in treating major depression, bipolar, and other serious mental illnesses. …