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Charles Silberstein

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On My Mind: The psychology behind taking medication

I take my blood pressure medication every day. It works. Not only does it feel good when I see my blood pressure where it...

On My Mind: Procrastination and precrastination

Most of us are familiar with procrastination, the tendency to put off until tomorrow what could be done today. In its most adaptive form,...

On My Mind: Narcissistic abuse

Some people are so thoroughly self-centered and uncaring about the needs of others that mental health professionals think of them as having a brain...

On My Mind: Great stress-reduction tools

I was on a deserted street in a strange neighborhood in Brooklyn, where I had visited family. The door behind me was locked shut....

On My Mind: Self-compassion

Can you imagine your friends saying to you all the horrible things you say to yourself about yourself? "Hi Ralph ... wow, you look...

On My Mind: Poverty

Recently, I waited somewhat impatiently for my turn to have labs drawn. The wait was perhaps 10 minutes. As I sat in the comfortable...

On my mind: A bible of alternative treatments in psychiatry

If fortunate, we find teachers in our lives who enhance the way we work and how we see the world. During my training in...

On My Mind: A public health campaign for the Vineyard

The Island Wide Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Coalition is an association of concerned citizens and health and social service organizations. A public health committee...

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...