Spring 2012

By Magpie Media on Mar 09, 2012 at 07:09 AM

Feature Stories

The role of family in treatment, By Melissa Churly
Throughout the 17 years that Steve Miller struggled with his illness, there was one thing he could always count on: his family. Research has shown that having a strong support network of family and friends plays a crucial role in helping a person with a mental illness achieve a positive outcome and recovery.

Choosing the right mental health professional, by Jennifer Pellegrini

The doctor-patient relationship is one of the most important professional relationships in a person’s life. It is one that must be forged out of absolute trust and honesty and requires respect on both sides. That is especially important for individuals who are seeking a doctor to help them deal with a mental illness. So how should you go about finding a psychiatrist?

Medication-Following the doctor’s orders, By Michelle Morra-Carlisle

Of the many therapeutic and lifestyle methods of treating a serious mental illness, medication is crucial in controlling psychosis. For many it is a godsend—yet an estimated 40 to 90 percent of patients with schizophrenia don’t take it as prescribed, which almost guarantees a relapse.

Medication tolerance- By Mary Medland
Can a patient develop a tolerance to his or her antipsychotic medication, thereby decreasing its effectiveness? The short answer, most mental health professionals agree, is no.



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Neil Friedman, Santa Barbara Therapist

Neil Friedman, LCSW

I have an eclectic, holistic approach in working with people. I believe in helping people recognize and utilize their strengths to overcome any challenge they might face. In this process, we can explore any unconscious blocks that might be interfering with connecting with others and their environment to make the most of each moment. I believe that the “here and now” is where we experience life to the fullest. Along these lines, I try to help people find the balance between their emotional and reasonable minds to effectively problem solve issues to be addressed.

Please call or email me for an individual, couples or family therapy consultation today.

Neil Friedman, LCSW
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