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Trauma and Memory Systems by Peter Levine, PhD

Dr. Peter Levine discusses how the memory system works and how this plays a part in facing and dealing with the traumatic past. Implicit memory is much less conscious than explicit memory. It forms into two sub-categories which are emotional memories (memories recalled when strong emotions are triggered or felt by a person in the… Read More

Gut-Brain and the Microbiome by Christopher A. Lowry, PhD

Microbial inputs in the early stages of life are very important. Certain types of bacteria and pathogens induce inflammation in the body which itself can have downstream effect later in life. Some bacteria have been seen to have evolved or co-evolved that they are able to induce anti-inflammatory or immuno-regulatory responses. Part of the hygiene… Read More

Why I practice integrative psychiatry

I’ve been in practice as a psychiatrist for almost 20 years now. When I finished my training, my tool kit was essentially no different from what trainees today are provided with: a good deal of information about how to prescribe our medications for depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and psychosis, along with a bit of training… Read More

Love for the Amygdala

Mind experiences reality through ordinary and non-ordinary perception. Brain, however, is limited in perception to the 5 ordinary senses: sight, sound, smell, taste, touch. Non-ordinary perceptions include dream imagery, gut feelings, intuition, synchronicities, and deja vu, for example. Shamanic journeying and other deliberately-induced hypnotic trance states such as ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, with skillful guidance, can also… Read More

How to Overcome Self-Doubt

I face self-doubt…often. Sometimes it happens so many times in a day I lose count. It’s an unavoidable experience in life. Ultimately, you’re relying on yourself to remain disciplined, adapt to situations, and figure out how to stick to behaviors that produce desired results. It might sound simple in theory, but it’s not easy in… Read More