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Combination treatment for depression

Does combining psychotherapy and drug therapy for depression work better than either alone?

Whether psychotherapy, medication, or both should be used in the treatment of depression should always be considered on a case-by-case basis. That being said, studies dating back to the 1970s have shown that combining psychotherapy and drug therapy is usually more effective […]

By |January 10th, 2019|Depression|Comments Off on Combination treatment for depression

Are antidepressants effective?

Patients with moderate-to-severe depression frequently ask me whether they should consider antidepressant drugs or not. I provide my response below, based on the latest psychiatry literature.

The most recent large-scale research comparing antidepressant drugs with placebo was conducted by Cipriani and colleagues at the University of Oxford in 2018. This research was unique because the […]

By |January 9th, 2019|Depression|Comments Off on Are antidepressants effective?

Mindfulness teachers

The following is a list of some of my favorite mindfulness teachers.
Western Teachers

Pema Chodron
Tara Brach
Joseph Goldstein
Sharon Salzberg
Jack Kornfield
Jon Kabat-Zinn
Thich Nhat Hanh
Shunryu Suzuki
Gil Fronsdal
Sam Harris

By |November 20th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Mindfulness teachers

Social media pages on mindfulness


Thich Nhat Hanh Quote Collective
Tara Brach
Pema Chodron
Jack Kornfield


Thich Nhat Hanh Quote Collective
Thich Nhat Hanh Bot
Jack Kornfield
Tara Brach
Sharon Salzberg
Insight Meditation Society

By |November 20th, 2018|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Social media pages on mindfulness

Online courses on mindfulness

Here are some online courses on mindfulness:

Robert Wright: Buddhism and Modern Psychology (Coursera)

By |December 2nd, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Online courses on mindfulness

The sacred pause

We live in a world that has become very busy, too busy. To meet all of the perceived demands on us, we have been multitasking our lives away. We slip into an autopilot mode — unconsciously jumping from one activity to another. The meditative practices of the world remind us to take time to […]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on The sacred pause

Keep the beginner’s mind

In his book, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Shunryu Suzuki wrote: “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” One of the practices of mindfulness is to keep an open mind, like the mind of a child. This allows us to see things clearly — just as they are […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Keep the beginner’s mind


Ideally, one of the things that we learn from our parents is empathy and compassion for others, and fortunately many of us do. But another developmental accomplishment is the achievement of self-compassion. This, by comparison, is something that many of us continue to struggle with in adulthood. We’re never taught how to befriend and […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Self-compassion

Emotional acceptance


Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach (Book)

By |June 19th, 2017|Mindfulness|Comments Off on Emotional acceptance

Embracing your imperfect self

There are many painful existential realities that we have to come to terms with throughout our lives. Perhaps none is more painful than the reality of imperfection. Like it or not, the world is imperfect. Like it or not, our family and friends, and our relationships with them, are imperfect. And like it or […]

By |June 19th, 2017|Psychotherapy, Mindfulness|Comments Off on Embracing your imperfect self