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Terminal Illness and the Choice to Die

July/August 2019
A number of states have passed legislation giving terminal patients the option of medical aid in dying. What therapists need to know about helping patients and families as they move through that emotionally fraught process.

Dying Well

Humanizing Our Overmedicalized System

March/April 2019
Hospital protocols have replaced the time-honored customs that once enabled the dying to be lead actors in their life’s final drama. Why do we spend so much on last ditch medical treatments while depriving so many of what they need to die with dignity and peace?
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Point of View

The Power of Commitment: Mindfulness Is Only the Beginning

March/April 2015
Despite its popularity among therapists, mindfulness is only a beginning in the process of change.

Falling in Love Again

A Brief History of Psychoactive Drugs

July/August 2014
Over the last 150 years, we’ve seen waves of mass infatuations with psychotropic drugs—antidepressants being the latest. While all these drugs are different, their story arc seems to follow a predictable course.
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Case Studies

Reversing Chronic Pain: Ten steps to reduce suffering

July/August 2009
More and more chronic pain patients are being referred to therapists after their physicians conclude that they show every appearance of being healed.

The Breakthrough

Waking Up to Life in a Mind-Body-Spirit Group

May/June 2000
On the day I understood that something had to change, I was sitting in a newspaper editorial meeting, feeling the slight, probing pressure behind my right eye that signaled the onset of a migraine headache. Stay cool, I firmly told myself. You can handle this. "Handling this" meant doing what I had been doing for the past 18 years or so of persistent migraines--dosing myself with drugs and resolutely pretending to be fine.
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