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ASK THE DOCTOR
Stephen M. Goldfinger, M.D.
A column that addresses the questions and concerns of consumers relating to medical issues and psychiatric care.. Dr. Goldfinger is Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Downstate Medical Center, State University of New York, Brooklyn, the only public medical school in New York City. Dr. Goldfinger's career has focused on providing services to the most severely disenfranchised and disaffiliated populations; he is a tireless advocate for the most severely mentally ill.
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I was asked to join a research study that is testing a new medication for my condition. I'm not happy with the medication I'm on now, but the idea of research makes me very nervous. What should I do?
: I was asked to join a research study ... but the idea of research makes me very nervous. What...
It's really difficult for me to write this letter. For the last couple of years, I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression, and my doctor has prescribed both an anti-psychotic medication and an antidepressant. For almost all of this time, it's been really hard for me to have sex. I'm very, very frustrated. Is it my medication that's giving me these problems, or is it something going on inside my head? I'm embarrassed to talk to my doctor about it but since you don't know anything about me, having been who I am, this feels more comfortable - (Anonymous)
: For the last couple of years... my doctor has prescribed both an anti-psychotic medication and an...
It's really difficult for me to write this letter. For the last couple of years, I've been diagnosed with schizophrenia and depression, and my doctor has prescribed both an anti-psychotic medication and an antidepressant. For almost all of this time, it's been really hard for me to have sex. I'm very, very frustrated. Is it my medication that's giving me these problems, or is it something going on inside my head? I'm embarrassed to talk to my doctor this.
: Diagnoses of schizophrenia or other psychoses do not mean an end to sexuality. However, mental...
Many of those with long histories of severe mental illness have been "awakened" to increased functional levels by the new generation of atypical antipsychotic medications. What new programs and approaches are needed to respond to them, and has the mental health system met these challenges?
: Those who may have spent decades in lives of isolation, confusion, dependence and curtailed...
My roommate's psychiatrist prescribes 6 mg. daily of an antipsychotic for her to take. She takes 2 mg. instead each day, and she's really doing better. She tells me she's afraid to tell the doctor. What should we do?
: Too often, both physicians and patients collide in what I sometimes think of as "the dance of...
NYC Voices Medication Survey: Preliminary Results
: … I find this quite out of line with my own clinical experience. Almost no people take their...
Why do we take our meds? How do doctors help or hinder this decision?
: Tell me about times when your doc acted like a total jerk, or times when you lied, or...
Antipsychotic Medication: A User's Guide - Part I
: All of the older medications were developed by testing to see how effectively they block dopamine...
Antipsychotic Medication: A User's Guide - Part II
: Many of the newer drugs are more effective against certain symptoms of psychosis than the older...
Antipsychotic Meds and Obesity
: In addition to trying ‘weight neutral’ antipsychotics, it is important to work with a nutritionist...
Childhood Abuse and Mental Illness Part I
Childhood Abuse and Mental Illness Part II
Handling the Risks of Psych Meds
: ..individuals starting a new antipsychotic medication should have their weight checked when...
I have schizophrenia and have been practicing yoga and eastern philosophies for almost 20 years. For the past two decades, I have found that psychiatrists persecuted me and tried to "rape my mind" because I do not recognize and accept the dogma of the American Psychiatric Association. Furthermore, my psychiatric chart is saturated with things I've spoken about concerning yoga that teams of psychiatrists labeled severely psychotic. I have received many forced high-dose injections because of such circumstances.
As you are a doctor versed in eastern philosophies, do I not have a right as an American citizen to practice my religious beliefs outright? Why are psychiatrists blinded by the fact that Karl Jung mentioned yoga as the highest way of life in his epic book Modern Man in Search of a Soul?
: I have schizophrenia and have been practicing yoga and eastern philosophies for almost 20 years ......
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