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Finding Your Authentic Voice Manifesting Your Highest Purpose3 Blog Talk Radio Show – Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic Perspective

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, March 23, 2011 from 8-9:00 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be -  Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic Perspective

During this episode, Dr. John Deri will discuss bipolar disorder from multiple perspectives: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Within each of these contexts, Dr. Deri will describe causes and propose paths to healing of the bipolar condition.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Blog Talk Radio: Life Coaching and Psychotherapy

Tuesday, March 1, 2011 posted by admin

Finding Your Authentic Voice Manifesting Your Highest Purpose Blog Talk Radio:  Life Coaching and Psychotherapy

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, March 2, 2011 from 8-9 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be: Life Coaching and Psychotherapy

In this episode, Dr. John Deri will compare and contrast these two models of helping people. You will learn how a synthesis of these two modalities can integrate the strengths of each, joining the capacity for healing with the power of inspiration for optimal living.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Blog Talk Radio Show: Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

Tuesday, January 25, 2011 posted by admin

Finding Your Authentic Voice Manifesting Your Highest Purpose3 Blog Talk Radio Show: Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, January 26, 2011  from 8-9 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be:  How Does Psychotherapy Heal, Part II – Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

The Buddhist theory of dependent origination will be discussed as a perspective on transference and countertransference in psychotherapy. These psychological phenomena will be explored as a medium for the healing of early childhood trauma in psychotherapy.

During the  Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body, Dr. John Deri will present a clinical case as an example of the work.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Finding Your Authentic Voice Manifesting Your Highest Purpose1 Blog Talk Radio Show: How Does Psychotherapy Heal, Part III – Psyche, Soma and Spirit

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 from 8-9:00 Pacific Time

The topic will be: How Does Psychotherapy Heal, Part III  – Psyche, Soma and Spirit

Psychological growth and spiritual development are mutually contingent on one another.

This week, Dr. Deri would like to share with you a case that illustrates the interdependence of psyche, soma and spirit in the healing process.  Sophia is a 70 year old member of a religious order.  She and Dr. Deri have been meeting in twice a week psychotherapy for the past four years. Sophia decided to authorize the dissemination of her life story.  She prays that doing so might illuminate the path of healing for others.

During the show Dr. Deri will discuss:

Psyche: Healing Early Trauma
How Sophia reached an experience of genuine compassion.

Psyche and Soma
How our therapy helped Sophia to maintain her physical and emotional homeostasis.

Psyche and Spirit
Sophia felt abandoned by God, the Father.  She underwent a protracted “dark night of the soul” (St. John of the cross). As she healed her psychological wounds, Sophia’s spiritual life, has blossomed.

To listen to the show you can:

1.    Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

2.    Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Blog Talk Radio Show: Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

Monday, October 4, 2010 posted by admin

Finding Your Authentic Voice Manifesting Your Highest Purpose Blog Talk Radio Show: Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, October 6, 2010  from 8-9 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be:   Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

The Buddhist theory of dependent origination will be discussed as a perspective on transference and countertransference in psychotherapy. These psychological phenomena will be explored as a medium for the healing of early childhood trauma in psychotherapy.

During the  Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body, Dr. John Deri will present a clinical case as an example of the work.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Bipolar Disorder A Holistic Perspective Blog Talk Radio Show – Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic Perspective

Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, September 1, 2010 from 8-9:00 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be -  Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic Perspective

During this episode, Dr. John Deri will discuss bipolar disorder from multiple perspectives: biological, psychological, social and spiritual. Within each of these contexts, Dr. Deri will describe causes and propose paths to healing of the bipolar condition.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Healing from Trauma in Early Life

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 posted by admin

Sunrise corte madera 225x300 Healing from Trauma in Early LifeSome form of trauma in early life is a very common human experience.  The imprint of such experiences can powerfully influence the subsequent trajectory of a lifetime.  Much of my work as a psychiatrist involves helping people to heal such wounds.  Doing so enables an individual to escape from the gravitational field of the traumatic event.  I will use an incident from my own life as a basis for discussing wounding and healing.

I was a blue baby.  I was born with the umbilical cord tightly wrapped around my neck.  I required resuscitation with supplemental oxygen, immediately upon delivery.  I recovered completely, without any apparent deficits.

This event, as it was narrated for me repeatedly by my mother, had three principal effects on me:

1.    I believed that I had been meant to die.
2.    I believed that I needed to be rescued.
3.    My capacity for communication was inhibited (perhaps due to the image of the constriction around my throat).

My healing, correspondingly, has had three major components:

1.    Embracing life.
2.    Developing self reliance.
3.    Finding my voice, through speaking and writing.

I offer my experience to you for your own reflection:

What events have constricted your life?  In what ways?  What steps can you take to liberate yourself from this constricting influence?

In the I Ching, an ancient Chinese book of wisdom, it is written:

“A man is oppressed by bonds that can easily be broken.  The distress is drawing to an end.  But he is still irresolute; he is still influenced by the previous condition and fears that he may have cause for regret if he makes a move.  But as soon as he grasps the situation, changes this mental attitude, and makes a firm decision, he masters the oppression.”

The I Ching, Wilhelm/Baynes edition, pp. 184-185.

From this passage, we can distill four steps to healing from trauma:

1.    Grasping the situation
This step involves both identifying the key traumatic events in your life, and clarifying their effects on you.  I found psychotherapy to be of immense value to me towards this end.

2.    Changing your mental attitude
I had to change my mental attitude from one of a dependent victim to a belief in my own innate capacity to thrive.  What mental attitudes to you need to change?

3.    Making a firm decision
I made a firm decision to say “yes” to life, at every opportunity.  What decisions do you need to make?

4.    Taking positive action
I have taken a vow to do my best to relieve suffering and to inspire others to achieve their highest potential.  I am taking all actions within my reach that are in alignment with this aspiration.

Aligning yourself and your every action with your highest purpose is the most potent force for healing.

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Blog Talk Radio logo3 Blog Talk Radio Show with Brant Secunda and Mark Allen: Fit Soul, Fit Body

On Wednesday, June 23, 2010 from 8:00 -9:00 PM Pacific Time, Dr. John Deri, a Psychiatrist in Mill Valley, CA will share his Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body with Brant Secunda and Mark Allen.

Mark Allen, a six-time Ironman World Champion and Brant Secunda, a Shaman and healer published a book “Fit Soul, Fit Body”.  During the Radio show they will discuss how we can become truly fit from the inside out and experience joy, happiness, and fulfillment like never before.

Mark and Brant know how to get people into the best shape of their lives- both mentally and physically. They have been motivating and inspiring people for decades. Brant and Mark continue to work together at events and retreats teaching a unique roadmap for fostering optimal health, happiness, and wellbeing.  Many people around the world learn from them how to live a healthy life filled with lasting joy, happiness, and contentment.

During the show they will discuss:

➢    Fitness is not just for elite athletes, or even for people who regularly work out. It starts with emotional and spiritual wellbeing, which provide the foundation for attaining a fit body.

➢    How you can improve your diet, fitness, and strength, and find a renewed connection with the environment and the natural world.

➢    When you learn to manage stress successfully, to replace negative qualities with positive ones, and to make a spiritual connection to both your inner and outer environment, you begin to trust in life.

➢    How anything is possible when you discover the power to heal.

517Brant Secunda Blog Talk Radio Show with Brant Secunda and Mark Allen: Fit Soul, Fit BodyBrant Secunda is a shaman, healer and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico. He completed a twelve-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol Shaman who lived to be 110 years old and who adopted Brant as his grandson. Alongside other dignitaries including President Jimmy Carter, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin, and is a founding member of the American Herbalists Guild.

photo mark allen 11 Blog Talk Radio Show with Brant Secunda and Mark Allen: Fit Soul, Fit BodyMark Allen is a six-time Ironman World Champion. He has been called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine and “The Greatest Triathlete of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He attributes his success to his ongoing studies with Brant Secunda, who showed him how to find fitness not only in physical strength but in the power of personal spirit and balanced living.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

Dr. John Deri
Psychiatrist, Mill Valley, CA

http://www.JohnDeriMd.com

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Dr. John Deri’s next Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body will be on Wednesday, May 26, 2010  from 8-9 PM Pacific Time.

The topic of the episode will be:   Psychotherapy and Dependent Origination

The Buddhist theory of dependent origination will be discussed as a perspective on transference and countertransference in psychotherapy. These psychological phenomena will be explored as a medium for the healing of early childhood trauma in psychotherapy.

During the  Blog Talk Radio Show: Healthy Mind and Body, Dr. John Deri will present a clinical case as an example of the work.

To listen to the show you can:

Dial the phone in telephone number at (347) 989-0560

OR

Tune in to our online channel at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Healthy-Mind-Body

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Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic Perspective

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 posted by admin

images 2 Bipolar Disorder: A Holistic PerspectiveDo you experience major mood swings?  In this blog posting, you will gain new perspectives on your condition.  As well, you will learn about treatment approaches and coping strategies.

I will share some thoughts with you regarding bipolar disorder from four vantage points:  biological, psychological, social and spiritual.

I. Biological

Heredity plays a major role in the transmission of bipolar disorder.  Although there is much speculation, the biological basis for this condition is not known.  Extensive genetic research is being pursued, in an attempt to identify the mechanisms that render an individual vulnerable to this disorder.

Lithium remains the first line medication for classic bipolar disorder, also known as Bipolar I.  This condition is characterized by full blown manic episodes, with or without alternating major depressive episodes.  Other forms of bipolar disorder, including Bipolar II (major depressive episodes, alternating with period of hypomania), and rapid cycling bipolar disorder are best treated with an anticonvulsant mood stabilizer, such as Lamictal (lamotrigine). Hypomania is a less severe form of mania.

Bipolar depression usually requires the addition of an antidepressant medication.  Extreme mood states can trigger psychotic symptoms, a break with reality.  In this case, an antipsychotic medication, e.g. Abilify (aripiprazole), may be necessary.

II.  Psychological

From a psychological point of view, bipolar disorder may be viewed as a decreased capacity to regulate emotional states.  Affective self regulation is impaired in people with certain personality structures.  Narcissism is characterized by unstable oscillations between grandiosity and insecurity.  Borderline personalities experience and manifest rapidly shifting, intense affective states.

These personality traits may often be traced back to early childhood experience.  Phyllis Greenacre, a child psychoanalyst, wrote that “the infant is seen in the beam of the maternal pathology.”  Some mothers are prone to have a split perception of their children.  Such mothers (often themselves borderline personalities) will alternately idealize and devalue their children.  These children, in turn, will tend to internalize a correspondingly split view of themselves. With the idealization, euphoria and grandiosity may ensue.  Devaluation of the self will likely manifest as depression.

In a depth psychologically oriented therapy, the therapist takes on the role of a symbolic parent, whose function is to serve as an accurate mirror of the patient’s personality. Tensions and contradictory aspects of the patient’s psyche can be accurately reflected and articulated, without splitting.  This process promotes the integration of the personality, and the stabilization of mood states.

A cognitive behavioral therapeutic approach would help the patient to monitor closely her own thoughts, or self-talk. The patient learns to catch and to correct those thoughts that are either excessively idealizing or devaluing of the self.  Since thoughts are triggers for feeling states, thought correction will tend to minimize excessive mood swings.

III.  Social

Unstable, labile mood states make it extremely difficult to function at work, or to maintain relationships.

Getting help with mood stabilization in a social context is vitally important.  Try seeking feedback from a significant person in your life regarding your behavior, as well as their perceptions of your mood states.  This kind of objective feedback from a trusted friend or family member can greatly help you to become more self aware.

Support groups, and group psychotherapy, can serve a similar function.  A good resource for finding such groups in your area is the Depression and Bipolar Alliance (http://dbsalliance.org).

IV.  Spiritual

There is a Buddhist image of viewing yourself as the host, and your emotions as your guests.  Achieving this perspective will powerfully help you to stay grounded, even in the face of intense oscillating mood states.

Drawing strength from all of these internal and external resources will help you to achieve a level of integration and self awareness that you may never have attained, in the absence of a mood disorder.

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