Complementary treatments can be integrated with conventional medical practices to offer patients the best of both worlds. As clinician/researchers we seek new approaches to relieve emotional and physical problems while reducing medication side effects. The goal of this newsletter is to share with you Integrative Treatments we find to be safe and beneficial. If there are topics you want us to cover, please let us know.
Overcoming Depression and Thoughts of Suicide
As we begin the holiday season, most of us are looking forward to loving, happy times with our family and friends. But many people are unable to enter into the holiday spirit because of depression. Sometimes, the person suffering from depression holds back, afraid to tell others because they don’t want to spoil their good time. There is also a fear that other people will think less of them or reject them.
In a two-hour radio show, host Andrea Garrison interviews Dr. Patricia Gerbarg and Letricia Hendrix, author of Behind Our Faces: Thoughts and Reasonings of Suicide. As Letricia Hendrix, talks about her experiences with depression and suicidality, Dr. Gerbarg discusses depression and suicide in the U.S. and around the world, common causes of depression, how stress, loss, low self-esteem, medical illness, seasonal changes, and other factors contribute to depression, the impact of the holiday season on depression and suicide, and warning signs that it is time to seek professional help for oneself or a family member. Emphasizing the importance of prevention, she points out warning signs parents should be aware of that indicate their child may be at risk. Dr. Gerbarg also reviews integrative treatments: the use of medications, psychotherapy, natural treatments, and mind-body practices to overcome depression.
The conversation between Gerbarg, Hendrix, and host Garrison provides unique insights into the experience of depression, treatment approaches, and why there is hope for people living with depression. This week, the interview is playing at:
Lectures, Workshops, Conferences 2010 and 2011
Friday Dec. 10, 2010
Jan. 2-5, 2011
SAVE THE DATES: Aug. 28-Sept. 2, 2001
Mind-Body Service Projects and Non-Profit Events
Nancy Kardon offers Free Iyengar Yoga Group for Full Hearted Living Beyond Breast Cancer in Scarsdale, NY and Greewich, CT.
Dhara NYC Update: Courses sponsored by National Association for Mental illness NAMI-NYC
How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care
Cutting-Edge Complementary & Integrative Treatments
Live Video Webcast Friday, December 10, 2010
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) Break from 12:50 p.m until 2 p.m.
Dr. Brown anchors his presentation in the latest research and provides clinical guidelines for complementary treatments. He focuses on specific treatments that are the most useful for clinicians to integrate into their practices including: herbs, nutrients, hormones, mind-body practices and Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation.
You will have an experiential introduction to Dr. Brown’s unique and groundbreaking Breath~Body~Mind program of movement and breathing techniques that are proven to relieve stress and anxiety. This approach fuses three breath practices for immediate and powerful long-term benefits from the first time used. Mental health practitioners will gain the added benefit of enhanced well-being and reduced professional burn-out. The Breath~Body~Mind program has been shown to relieve long-standing, treatment-resistant symptoms in patients with generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD and trauma related to the September 11th World Trade Center Attacks.
CLINICAL GUIDELINES FOR COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENTS
Anxiety Disorders Treatments: GAD, PTSD, combat stress, mass disasters
Breath~Body~Mind Experiential Training
Registration: Online http://online.pesi.com or via phone 1-877-880-1335.
First International Conference on Yoga
January 2-5, 2011 at the University of Patanjali, Haridwar, India
The University is a center for Yoga and Ayurveda research internationally. Swami Ramdev, the Yogpeeth founder, has taught 85 million Indians pranayama and yoga asana on TV (www.divyayoga.com.)
Luciano Bernardi, M.D.
Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Nancy Kardon offers Free Inspirational Groups for Full Hearted Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Come practice restorative and recuperative Yoga and meditation
Mondays in Scarsdale (1st and 3rd Mondays-with adjustments for holidays) 4:30- 6:00 p.m
Wednesdays in Greenwich (2nd and 4th Wednesdays-with adjustments for holidays) 1:00 -2:30 p.m, 3rd fl. Greenwich Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Ave., CT
Scarsdale: Oct. 18th, Nov. 1st, 15th & 29th, Dec. 13th
Greenwich: Oct. 13th & 27th, Nov. 10th & 17th, Dec. 8th & 15th
In March 2010 a diagnosis of breast cancer started Nancy on this healing journey. A specific “breast health” Iyengar Yoga sequence and practice combined with meditation have been a source of strength and renewal which Nancy would like to share with others.
Contributions to cover the Greenwich rental studio are welcome.
DHARA NYC UPDATE
Jenna, founder of DHARA, teaches healthy living skills of practical Eastern self-healing yoga to low income individuals living with mental health issues and those who serve them. Many experience great benefits from the work and the organization hopes to expand. Dhara is offering a monthly e-newsletter, sign up on the website www.dharanyc.org.
Programs for the coming year:
Of course, in order to keep the work happening we need continued support. Donations are being sought to secure space for the open weekly classes. Administrative support is also needed. Currently most teaching is offered pro bono. For information and donations, please visit www.dharanyc.org.
Dr. Richard Brown Offers Space in His Manhattan Office
Looking to rent one comfortable, large, sunny psychotherapy office in a ground floor suite staffed by psychiatrists and psychologists at 30 East End Avenue (between 80th and 81st). Spacious waiting area with 2 bathrooms for clients. Utilities (A/C, electric, water), maintenance and cleaning included. Currently available. Contact: Dr. James Spencer at 212-249-3160.
Publications & Reviews
Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Bottiglieri T .S-adenosylmethionine in Depression: Biochemical and Clinical Evidence. Psychiatric Annals, 32(1):29-44, 2002.
Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Bottiglieri T S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe) in the Clinical Practice of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Internal Medicine. Clinical Practice of Alternative Medicine, 1(4):230-241, 2000.
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL. Herbs and nutrients in the treatment of depression, anxiety, insomnia, migraine, and obesity. Journal of Psychiatric Practice, 7:75-91, March 2001.
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part I-neurophysiologic model. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(1):189-201.
Brown RP and Gerbarg PL: Sudarshan Kriya Yogic Breathing in the Treatment of Stress, Anxiety, and Depression: Part II Clinical Applications and Guidelines. J Alternative and Complementary Med. 11(4):711-717, August 2005.
Brown RP, Gerbarg PG, Muskin PR. Chapter 108 Alternative Treatments in Psychiatry in Psychiatry 3nd Edition edited by Tasman A, Kay J, and Lieberman J. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, London, UK. 2008, Pp 2318-2353.
Brown RP, Gerbarg PL, Muskin PR. How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care. W.W. Norton & Company, New York. 2009.
Effects of a Yoga-Breath Intervention Alone and in Combination with an Exposure Therapy for PTSD and Depression in Survivors of the 2004 Southeast Asia Tsunami. Descilo T, Vedamurtachar A, Gerbarg PL, Nagaraja D, Gangadhar BNG, Damodaran B, Adelson B, Braslow LH, Marcus M, Brown RP. Acta Psyciatr Scand Aug 2009.
Richard P Brown and Patricia L Gerbarg. Part I. Longevity and Aging Advancements. Yoga Breathing, Meditation, and Longevity. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 2009, 1172:54-62.
"Yoga for Anxiety and Depression" Harvard Mental Health Letter April 2009 https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletters/Harvard_Mental_Health_Letter/2009/April/Yoga-for-anxiety-and-depression
Review of How to Use Herbs, Nutrients, and Yoga in Mental Health Care, by Cathy Durga, LA Yoga magazine, June 2009.
About the Authors
Richard P. Brown, MD, Associate Professor in Clinical Psychiatry, Columbia University Medical Center, NY is a psychopharmacologist and a certified teacher of Aikido (4th Dan), Yoga, Qi Gong, and meditation.