Credentials & Publications – About Douglas Berger Psychiatrist Tokyo


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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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The combination of depression and attention deficit in adults is common. Depression waxes and wanes, ADD is constant and doesn’t worsen. Both will usually require treatment. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

What is the biggest problem treating psychiatric patients? People with chronic mental illnesses over many years, often with an undulating course, continue to refuse medication and live in chronic misery. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Alternative theories try explain all kinds of disasters. Some are true. Choose logical reports that have outside verification. See who benefits from power or monetary gain. Some theories are so strange that they may be planted to discredit the logical theories.

Hyperactivity is the most poorly accepted subtype of ADHD. Highly active persons usually think it’s normal until they fall into a state of exhaustion and finally call for help. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Burnout is common. It can be due to a situation, hyperactivity, or manic behavior associated with lack of need for sleep and run-on speech. These persons often fall-out of their jobs and have significant social problems. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

People need to feel they are part of society and do something valuable even if the activity is modest. Imparting knowledge gives one a great feeling, and doing things helps with brain function and mood. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Chronic depression is a killer. Suicide attempts may even be brushed aside by the attempter as trivial. A family history, chronic course, physical symptoms including sleep and appetite troubles are hints of real illness. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

How to get a spouse with a problem to get help? Not easily, but, one strategy is to emphasize how the no-problem spouse has caused stress for the problem spouse and they need treatment for this stress. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

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Some basic life topics seem to be missing from education, like “where does money come from?”, or, “who benefits from a war?”, or, “how does the economy really get out of a crisis?”. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Depression after an event suggests the event is the cause. If it continues long-term it can be confusing whether it is biological or psychological. As caretakers we need to err on the side of “best treatment”. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Persons with ADHD often don’t even realize they have this. They can’t organize a plan, and may have mild distraction and clutter but never thought much of it until they find they are behind in life. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Questionable ethics of whether a 9 y/o can consent, even if his parents can, to have his sexual information used for political gain by Pete Buttigieg in a public forum & placed on the internet by CNN: https://t.co/YFaHgsq2yh This Could have been done privately back-stage.

Why are people stuck on certain political, religious, or other “truths about the world”? It's because children get “anchored” to a belief system & then some are trained & inherit either a stubborness to stick to their beliefs or a flexibility to entertain other ideas.

Fear of Corona is real, but so is over-fear. Up to 40k of 4 million flu infected persons have died from the 2019-20 flu, but only a small % of the population get the flu shot, and flu gets little fanfare. Fearing the flu is just, if not more important than Corona.

CNN https://t.co/rdirW02Xrx suggests the rights of 6 year-old committed to a psych hospital were infringed but shows her photo & gives out her medical information. This girl has no ability consent even if her parents do. CNN doesn’t need to breech ethics by flaunting the story.

Many persons have ups & downs of depression for so many years they tend to focus on the ups and think depression is going away. They forget that most people don’t have downs so that it’s really only downs that are just coming. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

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