Bipolar Workbook from Gateway Psychiatric

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment, GPS Update, Self Care Leave a Comment

Gateway Psychiatric Services is excited to announce the release of our latest book: The Bipolar Disorder Workbook from Callisto Media. Designed to educate and motivate people who have questions, particularly about Bipolar II and cyclothymia, the workbook walks users through a series of structured exercises, beginning with a basic checklist intended to identify symptoms that may warrant further investigation. The …

biofeedback

Biofeedback at Gateway Psychiatric

Nathaniel Abad Anxiety, Other Psychiatric Disorders, Physical Conditions and Health, Self Care Leave a Comment

Biofeedback is a stress management technique that uses devices that give you information about your body’s physiologic response to stress. The idea is to provide you with information that would ordinarily be outside of your conscious awareness, such as your body temperature, blood pressure, or heart rate.  Generally, there are three stages of biofeedback: Developing increased awareness of the body …

Home Blood Draws

Peter Forster About GPS, GPS Update, Physical Conditions and Health Leave a Comment

Would home blood draws (or office blood draws for that matter) be helpful? Obtaining routine blood work can be an essential part of your treatment if you have a mood disorder and are on medications as it is very important to know the levels in your blood reached by mood-stabilizing drugs. Finding time however to get your labs done can …

Sleepio

Sleepio CBTi for Insomnia

Peter Forster About GPS, Best Practices, Insomnia, Insomnia Treatment Leave a Comment

Sleepio is a six-session sleep improvement program, created by sleep expert Professor Colin Espie and featuring proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. We are happy to add this treatment option to the list of state of the art therapies available at Gateway Psychiatric. Sleepio joins SHUTi, a longer program that we have found to be extremely useful for patients with insomnia and have …

Foundations of Wellbeing

Foundations of Wellbeing

Peter Forster Self Care Leave a Comment

In the beginning of this year we sent out an invitation to our patient’s to sign up for the Foundations of Wellbeing program developed by neuroscientist Rick Hanson and were very pleased by the response. Since then we’ve been hearing from those who signed up that the program has had a significant effect on their mental health. A representative comment …

Medication Cost Savings

Medication Cost Savings – Update 2017

Peter Forster Costs of Treatment, Website Update

Last year the New York Times reviewed two websites that offered significant medication cost savings, for those without adequate insurance and, even for those with good insurance who are getting expensive medications. Since then we have had a lot more experience working with patients to help reduce medication costs and we can definitely say that these sites can help reduce …

Blue Blocking Glasses for Mania

Blue Blocking Glasses for Mania

Peter Forster Bipolar Treatment 1 Comment

Blue blocking glasses may be a useful adjunct to medications for mania. Bright light is one of the most rapidly effective treatments for depression and may be helpful for depression even in people without a clear seasonal pattern (winter depression). A recent study suggests that the opposite may be true, that avoiding light may treat mania. The portion of the …

Enlyte methylfolate and more

Enlyte – methylfolate and more

Peter Forster Physical Conditions and Health, Treatments of Depression Leave a Comment

Enlyte is a therapeutic food that has been designed to help people at risk of functional deficits in folate and methylfolate that may be associated with treatment resistant depression. It contains a mixture of folate, folinic acid and l-methylfolate as well as other co-factors. EnLyte/EnBrace HR/EnLyte-D helps with concentration, motivation, and sleep. Symptoms include depressed mood, loss of interest, problems concentrating, insomnia, …

Pill Minder and Information Source

Peter Forster Self Care

David Pogue recently reviewed 47 apps that can serve as a pill minder and information source and selected one that clearly outshone the others. But first, why is this important? This is some information from his article in Yahoo Finance… An estimated 187 million Americans (58%) are on at least one prescription drug. (Source: Network for Excellence in Health Innovation …

CBT for Insomnia Reduces Depression

Peter Forster Best Practices, Insomnia, Insomnia Treatment

An online sleep program using CBT for insomnia (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia – CBTi) has been shown to reduce depression in a study published in the April 2016 edition of Lancet Psychiatry. CBT for Insomnia CBTi is the most effective program for treating chronic insomnia and chronic insomnia is a major risk factor for developing depression. Unfortunately, CBTi is …