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.
"HUMANS DON'T ACT until there’s a crisis” someone told me today. How true! Career, finances, medical care, finding or leaving a romance, family affairs, keeping an eye on your child. Few people who plan and act regret it, those that act on crises usually end in regret.
So is a belief bubble ok? Say all you can see is that candidates are electable by voting, but you can’t see that all the candidates (from every party) on the ballot are all loyal to a hidden entity that places them on the ballot even if their stated platform is different.
What is a “belief bubble”? It’s a set of looking at some aspect of the world that doesn’t take the larger picture into account. The person’s behavior and thinking will be determined by the attributes of the bubble’s assumptions. Is this bad? See next week’s tweet.
Covid prevention & treatments right under our noses! Vits D & C, zinc, quercetin (in place of hydroxychloroquine), macrolides like erythromycin used for acne, baby aspirin, amantadine (flu drug), BCG vaccine, and more, go look! Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G
The Covid deaths/pop in Japan as of today 972/125,930,000=0.0000077. In the US 129,654/331,002,651=0.00039. The ratio of deaths to pop of Japan vs US 0.0000077/0.00039=0.0197, about 2%. Something is very strange with biology, cultural norms, or the way stats are taken or a mix.
In >200 persons at our center from all over Japan in the last 6 months, only 3 had a few weeks of rough cold symptoms, and all recovered at home on no meds (none were tested for Covid). 1 had loss of smell & taste. Incidence rate of 1.5%, death rate of 0%.
People can have acne then pick on it and have acne & a big red spot. Similarly, people can have anxiety and then get anxious and blow-up many areas of their life. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G
“My dad is a terrible person” is a common complaint. It should be “my dad is terrible to be with”. This is because these dads have mental issues out of their control. Getting away from dad is still the answer but realizing dad is not well can be eye-opening.
“What is actual reality?” patients frequently ask, especially those who have a changing sense of reality. I explain that our sense organs evolved with our environment to exquisitely mirror it-so we have to consider this is reality. Us: https://t.co/VOm63Hc41r
What’s the secret in dating a foreign national? Tolerance & ability to accept & sacrifice. I.e., to accept the partner will not have the best job, or that you may need to move to the partner’s country someday. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx
Why is it common for young persons to start a career that is interesting to them but unpractical? Simply, they don’t realize what aging and the real world of life will bring upon them. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx
Do “Partridge families work?” Some do and some don’t. If you are a parent in one, the answer is to know if the kids are able to tolerate the situation and flexibly change who lives with who as necessary. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx
Divorce in Japan? Following the family court leads to the same cookie-cutter outcome no matter what discussion is in the cookie machine. Answer: get out of the cookie cutter machine! How? There are many ways to negotiate using social pressure that a lawyer will never tell you.
What do you do when your estranged parents all of a sudden give a large gift to your child’s school? You can tell the school not to give out your child’s connection to the gift, but we don’t know where it will go next. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx
Postpartum depression: new baby stress, sleep poor, husband not available, etc. Lots of stressors to blame, but the real cause in most cases are disrupted hormones and neurotransmitters, not as easy to see as the stress. Us: https://t.co/VOm63Hc41r, https://t.co/uaoP3ZvxU7
Japan already has herd immunity to Covid-19?
From the UK journal Cambridge Open Engage:
Socially nervous people can be frozen in social activity or work in spite of good talents. Trying to get them to even delegate to others can be difficult requiring multi-modal interventions. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t
Why are some patients so against psychiatric medication? Many reasons: fear of side effect, fear of being a “zombie”, reaction of “I’m not sick!” are common. Non-compliance is a common cause of ongoing morbidity. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t
Can chronically depressed persons refuse medications? From a self-determination issue, yes refusal is ok. From a medical perspective, medication would be warranted. What a person wants is not the same as what one needs. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t
Are family business happy? Maybe. The problem is that there’s little social barrier between family even when there in a company. Family fractures, aggravations, and long-standing dysfunctional dynamics run rampant. Solution? Keep as much space as possible between interactions.
“No-fault depression” is when one has some unseen biologic reason for depression. These persons look back on life and conclude xyz event is the cause though the chronology of the event and start of depression don't match-up. Noting this can relieve the torment of a memory.
What course of life are you on? Clues: look at what happened to persons in your current position in life who are now 20 or 30 years older and decide if that is ok or if you want to take charge of your destiny now. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t
Corona has left many persons out of work. Go where you are needed (hospitals, nursing homes, etc), and don’t go where you aren’t needed (restaurants, airports) because the effect on these industries will not go away soon. Us: https://t.co/xJKjtzIjZq, https://t.co/bggAMvY10t