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My Tips for Staying Sober in Early Recovery: Lessons Learned from St. Patrick’s Day Mar 24th, 2019

As an addiction psychiatrist, I work with patients in all stages of recovery. For those in early recovery, staying sober can be hard. Former drinking buddies (the people), old haunts (the places) and old habits like using alcohol and/or drugs to escape, cope or provide reward (the things) are hard...

Depression Part II: What is Depression? Oct 11th, 2016

                                                      What is depression?What causes it?Those are common questions that I get asked every day. Some people erroneously attribute depression to weakness, lack of faith...

Sleep Hygiene: Suggestions for a Better Night Sleep Oct 5th, 2016

More than 60 million Americans struggle to get a good night sleep. [1] That translates to almost 1 in 3 American adults struggling with insomnia, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. [2]Insomnia is one of the most common complaints that my patients report. Some patients have trouble falling...

A Step-by-step guide to out-of-network benefits Mar 24th, 2019

When looking for a psychiatrist, you have the option to choose between in-network and out-of-network providers. In-network psychiatrists have negotiated a contracted rate with your health insurance company; as a result, they are typically more affordable than out-of-network psychiatrist. However, there are many benefits to consider for seeing an out-of-network...

Reasons to See an Out of Network Psychiatrist Mar 24th, 2019

Many patients who first call my office have never considered looking outside of their insurance network to find a psychiatrist. Many patients assume it will be easier and less expensive to see an in-network psychiatrist, but quickly learned that’s often not the case. It can be very hard to find...

High-Functioning Addicts: Who They Are, Who Is at Risk and How to Get Help Jan 2nd, 2019

It is estimated that 10% to 14% of the U.S. population is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Many of those affected, including nearly 20% of all alcoholics, do not fit the stereotypical image of an addict — they are able to maintain their job, they may have spouses and children, and often...

Managing the Highs and Lows of Bipolar Disorder and Relationships Dec 25th, 2018

Do you love a person with bipolar disorder? Do you suffer from this mental health condition yourself? If so, you likely have found that navigating relationships can be a roller coaster ride. For those who suffer from bipolar disorder, sometimes referred to as manic depression, the cycle of mood fluctuations may...

The Professional Evaluation of a Physician: A Peek Behind the Curtain Dec 19th, 2018

By Matthew Goldenberg, D.O., and Greg Skipper, M.D.   Doctors with substance use disorders need help finding their way back to health and to the safe practice of their profession. As they are professionals working in safety sensitive positions, how that help is given matters. Twenty-plus years ago, doctors suspected...

Is Career Stress Killing You? Tips for Reclaiming Your Life Dec 4th, 2018

Stress is not all bad. In fact, research indicates that occasional episodes of stress can actually act as a performance enhancer, boosting focus and alertness. However, if stress levels get too high or become chronic, the result can be detrimental. For example, chronic exposure to stress can increase the risk...

Treatment for ADHD: The Present and Future Directions Nov 27th, 2018

As a psychiatrist and mental health expert, with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA, I treat diagnose and treatment many patients with ADHD and ADD. Some patients come to my office with a previous diagnosis of ADHD and want to start or continue treatment. Other patients come to my...

What to Do If You Cannot Afford Mental Healthcare Jul 1st, 2018

By Matthew Goldenberg D.O.  Addiction Psychiatrist    One of the first questions I am often asked by prospective patients is, “Do you take my insurance”? The quick answer is no, I do not accept any insurance in my private practice. However, that does not mean patients cannot use their insurance...

Suicide Among Physicians Oct 13th, 2017

This article was originally published in the SCPS Newsletter, April 2017. In the March 17th, 2017 edition of Psychiatric News there is a story that hopefully caught the attention of many of my colleagues. On page 14 is the story of our colleague Greg Miday M.D. who took his own life...

The First Four Steps to Get Control of your Mental Illness and/or Addiction Feb 22nd, 2017

  It is often very hard for someone who is struggling with addiction or mental illness to reach out for help. Sometimes there is significant denial. In other cases, shame, guilt, a feeling of low self-worth or even depression can make it seem impossible to get help. When you have...

Publication: Quality of life and recreational cannabis use Dec 27th, 2016

Happy (almost) New Year! I hope everyone is having a fulfilling and restful holiday season. I am very excited to share a recent research article, on which I was first author, that was published in The American Journal on Addictions. As marijuana (cannabis) is now the most commonly used illicit drug in...

Sleep, Mental Illness, Addiction and Suicide: Preventing Tragedy Nov 9th, 2016

By Julia Merrill NP and Matthew Goldenberg D.O.  Thoughts of being better off dead and even suicidal thoughts can happen to anyone for a number of reasons. These types of thoughts can be fleeting; however, when they become more frequent or more intense and difficult to cast away, it can...

Substance Use Disorders and Behavioral Addictions Oct 18th, 2016

Articles: General Addiction Topics:1)What My Experience Working With Veterans can Teach us about Trauma, PTSD and Addiction2) The Most Dangerous Drugs in the U.S.3) Do Alcohol and Drugs Make You More Creative?Alcohol 4) Alcohol Kills!5) Do you drink too much?Marijuana6) How does Marijuana Affect the Body?7) Should you smoke marijuana?8) Should You Smoke Marijuana? Part IIHallucinogens9) Psychedelic Treatment of Addiction:...

How I Treat ADHD in Adults Oct 17th, 2016

Articles:1) Huffington Post: Part 1: Do You Have Adult ADHD? A Psychiatrist Explains How You Can Tell2) Part Two: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats ADHD in Adults3) Medscape: Part III: Overcoming the Challenges of Diagnosing and Treating ADHD in AdultsScreening Tools: 1) Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS-v1.1) Symptom Checklist  Huffington Post:...

Tip of My Cap Award: Stanley B. Goldenberg Oct 13th, 2016

We often recognize individuals for being pioneers and visionaries that are far ahead of their time. Others receive recognition for acting selflessly for the betterment of others. Some people are distinguished for being mavericks and going against the grain. My father, Stanley B. Goldenberg, deserves to be recognized for exhibiting...

Give Back Your Unused Drugs! Oct 13th, 2016

Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend,I just found out about a new national tradition that I wanted to share with everyone and I hope you will participate!It is well known that unused and unneeded prescription medication that is kept around the house is one of the leading...

How to Handle Medication Side Effects... Oct 13th, 2016

                                                         Hope everyone’s year is off to a healthy start!I want to dedicate this post to two questions I often get asked when...

Smoking Cessation Oct 13th, 2016

                                                         Today is the 37th annual Great American Smokeout, which is held on the third Thursday of November by the American Cancer Society....

Psychiatric Times Heroin Article Oct 13th, 2016

I hope you found the previous post on Marijuana and Quality of Life useful. I have very much enjoyed the feedback and discussion it has prompted.One of the core reasons I started this blog is that I believe in the importance of having an open dialogue about behavioral health and...

Electronic Cigarettes Oct 12th, 2016

Thank you to everyone who provided such great feedback about the Mind Matters blog and my last entry on smoking cessation! It is truly your comments and questions that will fuel the discussion and direction of this blog. One common question I have received and often get asked by my patients...

American Journal of Psychiatry: Residents' Journal Publication Oct 12th, 2016

I am very honored that my article on Smoking and Smoking Cessation was selected and has been published in the most recent edition of The Residents' Journal. Each opportunity to share and highlight the negative impacts of smoking and the positive effects of smoking cessation treatments is a step in...

E-Cigarettes Just Got Less Cool! Oct 12th, 2016

I want to thank one of my most loyal blog followers, my mom!, for sending me an article via LAtimes.com. I want to share my thoughts on the article. You can find a link to the full text at the bottom of my post. As I have discussed on this...

E-liquids Should be Regulated by the FDA! Oct 12th, 2016

                                                            I came across an interesting article from nytimes.com. It discusses the dangers of overdose and potential risk of abuse of the...

Do E-Cigarettes Help You Quit Smoking? Oct 12th, 2016

Jenny McCarthy: endorsing E-Cigarettes and against vaccines....I have been getting a lot of questions about e-cigarettes. The two most common are: 1) Are they safe? and 2) Can they help me quit smoking?I discussed one of the risks of e-cigarettes in my last post regarding the toxicity of e-liquid. Overall,...

New Smoking Cessation Tool! Oct 12th, 2016

My wife brought a really interesting new product to my attention. I want to begin by thanking her for sharing it with me... because now I can share it with you! Link to the article, with a 2 min video about the product: here.One of the hardest things about quitting...

Residents' Journal Article: The Opioid Epidemic Oct 11th, 2016

                                              I am very excited to share an article that I wrote for the American Journal of Psychiatry Residents' Journal. They previously published my article on Smoking Cessation this...

Tip of My Cap Awards: My Top Mental Health Advocates of 2014 Oct 11th, 2016

                                                      While I recognized my Father’s efforts to help his customers quit smoking with my first Tip of My Cap award, this time I want...

Should you smoke marijuana? Oct 11th, 2016

I hope everyone had a healthy and happy New Year's, I want to start off 2014 with a post to answer a question posed to me by a good friend. His question was very timely, as of yesterday, Colorado became the first state to legalize 'marijuana retail stores.' Like many Americans, my friend...

Should You Smoke Marijuana? Part II Oct 11th, 2016

                                              One of most enjoyable aspects of starting this blog has been the feedback that I have received. There was a lot of interest regarding my January post on...

How does Marijuana Affect the Body? Oct 11th, 2016

                                            Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few years, you have undoubtedly heard that there is an ongoing debate regarding Marijuana's legal status and use...

APA Advocacy Leadership Conference Oct 11th, 2016

I just got back from spending a few days advocating with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) on Capital Hill in Washington D.C. and want to share my thoughts on this amazing experience.I was joined by psychiatrists from across the country who traveled to the nations capital to promote mental health....

You can join The Next #YourMH Twitter Chat! Oct 11th, 2016

                                                    I have been hosting the American Psychiatric Association's #YourMH Twitter Chat for a few weeks now. The most common question I get asked is: “What...

Information About Involuntary Commitment Oct 11th, 2016

I recently came across a great article written by Drs. Alexander and Olsen who are psychiatrists in the Maricopa County Healthcare System. The article is due to be run in the print version of Arizona Republic soon but is already available on the web. (Link is below.)Their article discusses a...

Is Our Treatment of Mental Health a Crime? Oct 11th, 2016

Happy Friday!I recently came across an article that got me thinking. We know that our jails and prisons are overcrowded, but how much of the burden on the system is from those with mental illness?The article I read explained that offenders who participated in a mental health court program were...

Psychiatry and Hope: Let's Stand Together Oct 11th, 2016

                                          Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. Therefore, I am especially appreciative that the American Psychiatric Association and the editorial staff at Psychiatric News shared my article on Depression and Hope....

Depression Part 1: Spreading Hope Oct 11th, 2016

                                                                           “You treat a disease, you win, you lose. You treat a person, I...

A Guide to Treating Depression via Medscape Psychiatry Oct 11th, 2016

I have continued to enjoy the feedback, suggestions and critical thought that my blog posts have sparked. I met up with some old friends this weekend and was pleasantly surprised to find that my articles and data have been the catalyst for many dinner table and water-cooler discussions. It seems...

Doc, I think I am bipolar! Oct 11th, 2016

Many patients come to my office because their mood has been “off” or they are worried they might be “bipolar.” Some of these patients are worried because their family or friends have told them that they might be “bipolar” and others are concerned because they have a relative with the...

Low/No-Cost Options to Improve Your Mental Health Today! Oct 11th, 2016

Welcome back to the Mind Matters Blog! And Hello to new readers!One question that I received regarding my previous post “Doc, I Think I am Bipolar!” was “what treatment options are available for those who lack the time and finances to engage in weekly therapy”. This is a great question!...

Do you drink too much? Oct 11th, 2016

It was really great to get so much feedback about my previous post regarding how marijuana impacts quality of life. Over the coming months I hope to share more of the research that is being published on that evolving topic on this blog.Sticking with the topic of addiction again, I...

Alcohol Kills! Oct 11th, 2016

photo credit: http://jojostruys.com/I just read an interesting article on the dangers of alcohol. Click here for the full article.While alcohol is not an illicit drug, it is well known to cause intoxication and can lead to dangerous situations like drinking and driving. Some of the statistics surprised me and might surprise...

Part Two: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats ADHD in Adults Oct 11th, 2016

In my Huffington Post article, “Part 1: Do You Have Adult ADHD? A Psychiatrist Explains How You Can Tell” (link pending publication), I described the most recent updates to the diagnostic criteria for adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These criteria can help individuals to better establish if their symptoms...

How Improving Your Mental Wellness Goes Beyond Mental Health Oct 5th, 2016

Over the past few months the focus of my articles has been on providing education and resources that anyone can use to improve their mental health. My goal with these articles is to increase hope and also to decrease the stigma associated with mental illness.I wrote about the importance of...

Psychedelic Treatment of Addiction: Coming to a Clinic near You? Oct 5th, 2016

                                                       With “Celebrities” like Scott Disick and Brooke Mueller making the news for allegedly entering addiction programs that utilize Hallucinogens as treatment of addiction, it...

Tip of My Cap: New Beginning Oct 5th, 2016

After spending the past 8 years in Arizona, I have moved back to my home town of Los Angeles, CA to begin a one year Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship through UCLA Health. I am honored and happy to join this esteemed team and to have the opportunity to work at various...

Do Alcohol and Drugs Make You More Creative? Oct 5th, 2016

In Mad Men, characters often imbibed to spark their creativity.*Disclaimer: This was not an actual case, any similarities to actual patients is purely coincidental, this is a conglomeration of several typical cases I have seen.Rounding in the hospital this week, I met a patient facing a difficult dilemma. As he...

The Most Dangerous Drugs in the U.S. Oct 5th, 2016

One of the most common questions my friends and family ask me about addiction is “What is the most dangerous drug?” There are certainly many metrics for quantifying the risks of drugs of abuse including commonly known measures such as morbidity and mortality. To me the mortality rate, or lethality...

What My Experience Working With Veterans can Teach us about Trauma, PTSD Oct 5th, 2016

One of the most common stories I hear from the Veterans I work with as part of my Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is that their addictions spiraled out of control after a traumatic experience or a series of traumas. Whether they experienced trauma in basic training, during a deployment, in combat...

Part Two: How a Psychiatrist Diagnoses and Treats ADHD in Adults Oct 5th, 2016

In my Huffington Post article, “Part 1: Do You Have Adult ADHD? A Psychiatrist Explains How You Can Tell” (link pending publication), I described the most recent updates to the diagnostic criteria for adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These criteria can help individuals to better establish if their symptoms...

Tip Of My Cap: Lets Go! Two Friends Become Ironmen and Raise Money and Awareness for Mental Illness Oct 5th, 2016

Around 100 Americans die from a drug overdose every day. [1] On April 29, 2014, at the age of 22, Dylan David Hunter was one of those souls. However, like each individual who dies of a drug overdose, he was much more than a statistic. He was a son, a brother, a...

3 Ways for Veterans to Cope with a PTSD Diagnosis Oct 5th, 2016

I am very excited to share an original article written by a reader of my blog. Julia, a retired RN, reached out to me regarding her passion for helping veterans with PTSD. I share her desire to help our veterans and so I was eager to share her article with...

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