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Musings a Decade after "That’s How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist"
Susan Rako M.D.
Sooner or later, we lose all our capacities. What's the catch?
When an older child "parents" a younger, what may confound their eventual adult connection?
What does it take to help a patient come to terms with anger?
Our loss ... Anthony Bourdain
Do your patients lie to themselves?
"Ethnic Cleansing," "Chain Immigration": are we numb to what these sneaky phrases really mean?
Who is the person looking back?
How deep are the roots of your patient's troubles? Exploring them can be a curative in itself.
Is there any way to learn but the hard way?
How can we help our patients make peace with what they have in life?
Can a woman, or a man, love more than once? Here are some thoughts on the Original Love Triangle.
"Some couples get a lot of love out of fighting like hell for years." -- Elvin Semrad
When your patient is suffering from chronic guilt, could it be that something else is really at issue?
"How can I ever trust my husband/wife again?"
Why is this patient feeling sad? A poem speaks directly to the heart of the matter in therapy.
Christmas time is a challenge for many. Can it be an opportunity for growing and healing?
When therapy seems stuck, ancient Chinese wisdom may come to the rescue.
The symptom of panic escalates urgency and creates drama. We can de-escalate and ground our patient into useful therapeutic work with this effective approach.
Are you feeling hopeless about moving your life forward in some direction? Giving up can yield unexpected consequences.
Where will their dissatisfaction and anger go?
Worrying seems to be purposeless suffering. It's actually a solution to existential pain.
Do you suffer when you have to make decisions?
Discouragement and self-criticism can soften in the context of Buddhist wisdom.
Is forgiveness possible?
What can be called "the only socially acceptable psychosis"?
What are the three choices we have in life?
Is there a way to extend a compelling invitation to Providence?
Doing the work of psychotherapy: does your body give you a signal that the work is on target?
Have your children and grandchildren helped you to heal and grow?
Susan Rako, M.D., is the author of several books including That’s How the Light Gets In: Memoir of a Psychiatrist and is co-editor of Semrad: The Heart of a Therapist.