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Suffering and Teshu’vah

FreePsychArticles#20          SUFFERING AND TESHU’VAH The process of repentance or teshu’vah contains the element of suffering  as one of the necessary stages in achieving “change of mind or heart.”   I use the word suffering as a … Continue reading

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Diagnosis of Mental Illness

  FreePsychArticles#19   What is Mental Illness? This is a question that has broad implications.   In fact, this is one of the questions of the ages.   Modern diagnosis is in conflict and controversy.   Yet there is much … Continue reading

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FreePsychArticles#17            Inclinations Everyone has inclinations.   In Chassidut two broad categories are discussed:  The good inclination (yetzer tov) and the evil inclination (yetzer hara).   Within the yetzer hara is an array of ‘sub-sections’ called “tie-vahs” or personal desires.    They are too numerous to mention but … Continue reading

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Freedom Through Action

FreePsychArticles#16   THE FOUR WORLDS:  Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsberg spoke once on Parshas Beshalach, when B’nai Yisroel arrives at the Yom Sof (Reed Sea) and sees the Egyptian chariots in pursuit while the escape route is blocked by a great sea.   … Continue reading

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Azamra: Seeing the Good

FreePsychArticles#15             AZAMRA: Seeing The Good Rebbe Nachman of Breslav taught: “Know! One must judge every person favorably.  Even if someone is a complete sinner, one must seek to discover within him some good point which … Continue reading

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FreePsychArticles#14  The Pinball Machine: Dealing with Limitations In the year of my birth, 1947, the pinball machine arcade game underwent a developmental change.   Humpty Dumpty was the first pinball game to add player-controlled flippers to keep the ball in play longer … Continue reading

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Ecology of Mental Health, Part II

FreePsychArticles#13           The Ecology of Psychiatry, Part II: Arousal and Diagnosis Accurate diagnosis is the basis for all clinical intervention in mental health.   There are known short-comings in the current model of psychiatric diagnosis, which may … Continue reading

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The Model of Kosher

FreePsychArticles#12  Kosher and Not Kosher Jewish (kosher) dietary laws have always been a source of curiosity for Jews and non-Jews alike.    Why can’t they eat pork?    Who understands why they can’t eat milk and meat together?   The … Continue reading

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Ecology of Mental Health, Part I

FreePsychArticles #11   The Ecology of Psychiatry What’s all the fuss?!   Everyone’s talking about “saving the planet, saving energy, balancing ecosystems and global warming.” It seems to be the consensus of many the planet is in trouble. What do … Continue reading

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Medications and Mental Health

FreePsychArticles#10  Once Medications Do Their Job In the clinical practice of psychiatry there are basic phases that occur throughout treatment.   In the beginning of treatment these steps are initiated with a one, two, three sequence but as the process moves forward, … Continue reading

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