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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People often consult us about family fights. They're usually caught up with the intense escalation so that we have to guide them to focus on the start of the fight which hints at the underlying cause. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx.

How to deal with difficult co-workers? Keep frustration low, realize the difficulty is a merry-go-round, try to take it as a comedy and keep out of trouble. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Connecting events from one’s past to current symptoms can be a jump of logic if a long time has passed. We like to have an event to blame. Problem is there is usually no exit from this turmoil once the person is obsessed on it. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Called an "anchor point", it's the first belief persons have about a situation. Once set, it is very difficult to change that persons' opinion even in the face of glaring evidence. This phenomena can easily be exploited to control people as well.

You have an ex-wife & young son you see 2x/mo, & a new wife and 2 yr-old who lives in another city but who is willing to live with you. Answer: Move back with new wife, don’t argue either and visit your son. Be patient because parental rights don’t matter much with teenagers.

Euphoria & racing thoughts, classic symptoms of (hypo)mania, just a side-effect of antidepressants, or just good things going on? Some patients can stay well like this, but keep an eye out for change to serious mania. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

You have a 1 yr-old child, your wife is difficult, and you want to leave for a new girlfriend. It’s unclear what you should do but it is clear you’ve been making decisions without thinking about the complications. Us: https://t.co/VOm63Hc41r, https://t.co/uaoP3ZvxU7

Say you are near 60 and don’t like your job but it’s stable, well paid, and guaranteed until 70. Very risky at 60 to change jobs unless you are financially stable for life and can take the huge risk that your new job may only last a few years.

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Poor metabolizers and treatment resistance can be confused. Low drug doses are given for fear of toxicity, leading to poor dose response and "seemingly" treatment resistance.

Workplace harassment is common, sometimes it’s sexual. Fear of losing one’s job, fear of physical harm may make the victim frozen & unable to resist. Getting help early is key. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

People fighting about Masks on the train today in Japan. Do this: get a cigarette, hold it burning in front of your face mask, inhale, see what happens. Then inhale smoke from the cig, hold in your mouth and exhale with mask on, see what happens. Make your own conclusions.

Victim of sexual harassment? Never let abuse exist in a vacuum, always get help, call authorities, and call out the perpetrator. The social pressure itself will make most predators stand down. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Medical science is more fuzzy than Drs will admit. Not because they are lying, but mainly because they weren't taught and don't see the fuzzy nuances in the real science or the mechanisms how that specialty makes money by certain narratives that become unquestionable truth.

“I can’t stand failure so I don’t try” is common in depression. These persons need to see that depression causes low self-esteem which causes the fear of failure. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Persons often ask what therapy, meds, doses etc., they may need. Understandable, but there is only general info. Patients need to understand there is no data about THEM until we get it from trial and error of treatments. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Look carefully at what is required for the career path you want to go down. If the environment is tough are you tough enough? If the field requires obsessive detail are you detailed enough? If the job requires patient compassion are you patient & compassionate enough?

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