Credentials & Publications – About Douglas Berger Psychiatrist Tokyo


Credential Verifications

Dr. Berger’s medical degree is from the United States, he is well-versed in the use of psychiatric medication and can guide the use of psychiatric medications integrated with psychotherapy through the physicians affiliated with his counseling practice (he does not directly practice medical care in Japan). Further information on Dr. Berger can be seen on his personal home page.

Publications by Dr. Douglas Berger, psychiatrist in Tokyo

Berger D: DOUBLE-BLINDING AND BIAS IN MEDICATION AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY TRIALS FOR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER, F1000Research 2016, 4:638 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6953.2). U.S. National Library of Medicine version.

Berger D: DOUBLE BLINDING REQUIREMENT FOR VALIDITY CLAIMS IN COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY INTERVENTION TRIALS FOR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. Analysis of Hollon S, et al., Effect of cognitive therapy with antidepressant medications vs antidepressants alone on the rate of recovery in major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial, F1000Research 2015, 4:639 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6954.1). U.S. National Library of Medicine version.

Articles by Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D. for Tokyo Families magazine.

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Dr. Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D., Meguro Counseling Center Director

Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D., a fully bilingual American board certified psychiatrist, is the Director of the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center. Dr. Doug Berger is a graduate of New York Medical College where he completed a 4-year residency program in psychiatry. He then finished a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Now based in Tokyo, he had served on the Faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in New York as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and licensed practicing U.S. physician. Dr. Berger’s Japanese qualifications include a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo School of Medicine received for psychiatric research done while at the Tokyo University Department of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Dr. Berger came to Japan as a medical exchange student and psychiatric researcher at the Tokai University School of Medicine on a research fellowship from the Matsumae International Foundation. He later returned to Japan to do further psychiatric research at the Tokyo University Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Tokyo Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Berger speaks native-level Japanese and regularly conducts psychotherapy for mixed-cultural couples as well as the local Japanese community. This page lists Dr. Berger’s research activity, and this page is an archive of community education articles for the Tokyo Families Magazine written by Dr. Berger. Dr. Berger also works extensively with children as Director of the Tokyo Child & Adolescent Counseling Service. Dr. Berger is a legal permanent resident of Japan.

 

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“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

Depressed people do many impulsive things: change jobs, go with unhealthy partners, use substances. It’s all due to illness not intent or ignorance. Us: https://t.co/VOm63Hc41r, https://t.co/uaoP3ZvxU7

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"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.

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