Douglas Berger psychiatrist Tokyo is an American board certified psychiatrist and is the Director of the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center. He’s also fully bilingual in Japanese and English. Dr. Berger received his M.D. and psychiatry training from New York Medical College, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Psychosomatic Medicine at the Tokyo University School of Medicine. He speaks native-level Japanese. Dr. Berger utilizes a variety of approaches to psychiatry, which you can find here, and on the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center’s home page.

Dr. Berger can be contacted by phone: 03-3716-6624 (+81-3-3716-6624 from outside of Japan). Please use this form if you wish to contact Dr. Douglas Berger psychiatrist in Tokyo.

 

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No matter how many times you tell them, some patients just never take the dose or dosing schedule recommended. This can lead to significant morbidity and mortality.

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Is polypharmacy ok or not? Fewer drugs are better of course, but while polypharm regimen A may cause troubles, polypharm regimen B may work well.

Patient, "Is this drug effective?", Dr, "Clinical trials show efficacy in persons with problems similar to yours, but THERE IS NO DATA ABOUT YOU, so we need to carefully look at this as treatment progresses". #clinicaltrials #Psychiatry

What are “irreversible passage points”? If you wait the passage is irreversible: waiting too long for marriage or family making, waiting to study something and then getting old, a family dies with your plans still hanging, etc. Look closely at the train you are on and the stops!

The dose-response issue keeps popping up. This time it's depot injections. "I don't have symptoms so I often skip my injection days" is common. This defeats the purpose of getting depot injections to begin with.

Learn to use as needed extra doses, half doses, every other day doses, rotation schedules to avoid tolerance, and other flexibilities you'll never learn in medical school!

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I recently hear people tell me “there’s nothing to do about it”, or “It is what it is” kind of fatalistic mind-sets. Sometimes putting fear into these people can get them out. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t

Will a drop of vodka make you drunk? Same if you take too low dose of psychiatric drugs. The vodka analogy is very effective for persons unsure or reluctant of taking psychiatric drugs as prescribed. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t

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Oversleeping? Is it depression? Is it sleep apnea? Is it sleeping meds? After you’ve treated these you need to use a morning circadian rhythm light. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t

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