For 35 years, I’ve treated Bipolar Disorder, Depression and Borderline Personality Disorder, and for most of those years, taught psychiatric residents at Johns Hopkins Medical School. Five years ago, I introduced mindfulness meditation into my practice. The calm self-awareness a disciplined meditation practice provides is a powerful tool in self-regulation that allows you to make better choices in the moment.
More meditation can mean less medication if you can learn to regulate yourself. While medication is often an invaluable tool, I am of the opinion that there is a trend in our field to over-medicate. Since most medications have side effects, less is often more.
Client Focus (Age)
Adolescents/Teenagers (14 to 19)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness Based Approaches