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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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

When a spouse becomes mentally ill it's hard for the other spouse to accept. They want to deny or make some logic why the spouse must relate normally. It takes time to accept that their spouse has become ill because it’s hard to see something concretely wrong in a mental illness.

Do couples fall out of love? Yes and no, they go thru phases: romantic-love phase, family-love phase, elderly-love phase. Tolerance and acceptance of these phases is key. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Some ADHD persons can’t function even for a few minutes at a time. When deadlines draw near they rush and lose sleep just to catch up. It’s very hard to coach these persons without medical intervention. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Some people can’t even face a friendly situation, some are tough as nails and can face huge risk like this speech in the Italian parliament this week: https://t.co/DEm6PlO9pi.

If your mood is low you’ll feel bad about yourself. You may be nervous in front of others & you may feel rejected easily. If your mood is high you may be optimistic and confident. Its your mood, not your situation! Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

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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 “depression in partial remission”? It’s common as hell! It’s a history of a bad depression years ago with lingering on & off symptoms that the person doesn’t realize is the same thing as before. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

What to do when you have a “monster” coworker? Ingratiate, fight back, avoid, get away? Depends on the politics, your emotional tolerance, & financial situation. Make sure there is a strategy behind whatever you do so you can foresee the outcome.

Many patients have a myriad of problems and symptoms: smoking, drinking, nail-biting, insomnia. Impatience, burn-out. Looking closely, they are all connected. Guess how! Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Drs in big public agencies that see autistic kids don’t easily try adjunctive medications for associated symptoms. It’s because these agencies don’t have systems that easily allow out-of-the-box treatments, doctors are risk-averse, and the paperwork increases.

Many persons have been traumatized by being in a cult. Sexual abuse under the guise of “spiritual experience” is commonly reported. The cult was probably started as a cover for sex and pedophilic activity. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Persons frequently complain about bad grammar, spelling & trouble with making sense in their emails. This can be due inattention and requires looking closely at other signs of trouble with attention, organization, and planning. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mCEuf, https://t.co/urVpIy8ewg

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