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On my mind: How and why we detach from reality

In psychology, the term for detaching from reality is “dissociation.” There is a spectrum on which we all detach. Right now, as I write,...

On My Mind: Sugar and mental health

Few people leave my office without the advice to rigorously reduce their sugar and starch intake and to eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, and...

On My Mind: The season of envy

For many Islanders, the coming of the summer season can be painful, not just because of the increased work burden, the crowded roads, and...

On my mind: What to do if you have a mentally ill family member?

Here are two facts: First, when there is family involvement in the care of people with serious mental illnesses, everyone does better. Second, family...

On My Mind: Cannabidiol (CBD) before weed

With all of the talk about medical marijuana and legalization, far less attention has been paid to its relatively safe, available, and therapeutic ingredient,...

On My Mind: Are you a highly sensitive person?

Fifteen to twenty percent of people are born with a temperament that makes them especially sensitive to a wide range of sensory and emotional...

On My Mind: ‘Why don’t you take my insurance?

Buying good health insurance is an expensive proposition, and it seems only right that it should cover good mental health care. Yet a large...

On My Mind: Is there more than one of you?

I am losing my hearing faster than most people. My grandparents and my parents wore hearing aids, and one grandfather was quite deaf. Although...

On My Mind: The power of mindfulness

People are happiest, most at peace and unbothered by life’s problems, when they are too engaged in something to be thinking about themselves. Years...

On My Mind: Weed and the developing brain

Over the course of my career, I have known countless people who started using marijuana in their teen and preteen years whose lives have...

On My Mind: Beware the news

Like most people I encounter on the Vineyard and beyond, I find the news disturbing. I read the headlines every day, but find myself...

On My Mind: The ultimate alcoholism counselor

An alcoholism counselor named Judy Fraser recently died after spending a life steeped in recovery work and saving or profoundly changing the lives of...

On My Mind: Questioning assumptions of modern psychiatry

Every summer Harvard brings some of the great teachers in psychiatry to Martha’s Vineyard. Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist at Tufts and...

On My Mind: Parental worry

When it comes to our children, we parents are rarely at a loss for things to worry about: health, drugs, alcohol, accidents, school, sex,...

On My Mind: When horrible things happen

About once a month, Dr. Charles Silberstein, psychiatrist at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, will write a column that directly addresses issues Islanders have with mental...

On My Mind: Adverse childhood events and self-soothing

At least once a month, as part of the MV Times’ ongoing Mental Illness series, Dr. Charles Silberstein will write a column that directly...

On my mind: The dilemma of treating ADHD in children

At least once a month, as part of the MV Times’ ongoing Mental Illness series, Dr. Charles Silberstein will write a column that directly...

On My Mind: Psychiatry and spirituality

At least once a month, as part of the MV Times ongoing Mental Illness series, Dr. Charles Silberstein will write a column that directly...

On My Mind: Politics and mental health

Once a month, Dr. Charles Silberstein, psychiatrist at Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, will write a column that directly addresses issues Islanders have with mental health....

On My Mind: How do I deal with seasonal depression?

Islanders are almost twice as likely as residents in the rest of Massachusetts (or the U.S.) to suffer from depression — about 14 percent...