Machon Hasharon - English

Mark Roitman M.D.

Mark Roitman M.D.

 Psychiatrist, Psychotherapist, Sex Therapist, Hypnotherapist
Monday, 22 April 2013 07:14

Drug therapy


For people suffering from some Psychiatric Diseases and conditions, drug therapy is an absolute necessity. One of those groups is psychoses of various origins.


The most common psychotic illness is Schizophrenia. Approximately 1% of the general population suffers from this disease, which is a chronic psychiatric condition. Psychiatric supervision and drug therapy are necessary to prevent hospitalizations, to keep the patient in remission which will enable his social and professional rehabilitation.


Another chronic psychiatric illness is Bipolar Disorder, also known as Manic-Depressive Disorder. Periods of depression can change into manic episodes of different magnitude and duration. If not treated, this disease could put the suffering person and his surrounding in severe, even life-threatening danger. Fortunately effective drug treatment is available. Regular supervision and medication allow almost full social and professional rehabilitation.


Depressive Disorder, a combination of Depression and Anxiety, if not treated is a chronic, recurrent debilitating illness. Supervision and medication prevent relapses, and can restore the patient to a normal life.


Statistically and clinically proven, that best results in all described conditions are achieved when drug therapy is combined with psychotherapy.


Musical Hallucinations, Depression and Old Age


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Monday, 22 April 2013 07:12

Cognitive - Behavior Psychotherapy


This type of psychotherapy is very effective in treating specific Fears and Phobias. Among them: fear of public speaking or performance, fear of open or closed spaces, as well as many others. Some of them are very common and well known; others are very rare and peculiar.


There are different tools to treat phobias: systematic progressive desensitization, investigation of cognitive processes that contribute to the phobia's development, specific drug treatment and a combination of different tools.


 The Concept of Projective Identification: It's Use in Understanding Interpersonal and Group Processes


Rehabilitation of sexual functioning in a chronic mental health patient


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Monday, 22 April 2013 07:09

Psychoanalytic psychotherapy


Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is based on more then a century of research and development of the psychoanalytic theory. The founders of the theory were Sigmund Freud, Carl Young, Melanie Klein and others.


A common misconception exists, that psychoanalytic theory was founded about hundred years ago - and has stayed the same since. In fact, throughout the entire 20th century, thousands of brightest minds from all over the world have developed the theory and praxis of psychoanalysis.


Thousands of books, scientific papers, scientific congresses and institutes - from all over the world - study and research what is probably one of the most complex existing phenomena of nature: The human mind and the human soul, the ways to alleviate its suffering, to uncover and unfold its potential, to improve communication between human beings.


Another misconception is, that in analytic psychotherapy people dig into their past for its own sake. Nothing is farther from the truth. Nobody undertakes therapy in order to investigate their past. People seek help for their present anxieties, depression, and variety of physical symptoms, interpersonal difficulties.


The purpose of therapy – is to help a person in his present suffering. It is true that sometimes, when talking about his current issues, the patient remembers something from his past, that is very important to his current condition. Understanding the connections and the influences from the past gives him a new perspective that helps to better deal with current issues, and to alleviate suffering in the present and in the future.


The Concept of Projective Identification: It's Use in Understanding Interpersonal and Group Processes


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Sunday, 21 April 2013 13:11

Smoke Cessation


For many generations, smoking was an inseparable part of adult life, especially men's life. Aggressive promotion of tobacco and smoking products during the last century linked smoking with masculinity, success and romanticism in the consciousness of several generations of people. The age of smoking got lower because children and adolescents tried to prove this way their courage and independence, imitating movie stars and comics book heroes.


Gradually it became clear that tobacco smoking is a powerful narcotic and that the addiction to it develops slowly, yet quitting is extremely difficult.


Evidence began to accumulate, that long term smoking is directly connected to many severe chronic illnesses: Chronic Lung Disease, which gradually destroys lung tissue and causes severe short breathing, Vascular Diseases with heightened risk of Heart attacks and Brain hemorrhage or ischemia, Erectile Dysfunction, Gastro-Intestinal Diseases.


Malignant Tumors of the Respiratory Tract, Lung Cancer, Urinary and Gastrointestinal Tract Cancers are directly connected with smoking.


Currently, campaigns against smocking in many countries, and smoking prohibition in public places make less people start smoking in the first place. Many chronic smokers try to quit smoking by themselves, or by using different programs. Unfortunately, because this addiction is so powerful, many return to smoke.


In most cases, smoking cessation is recommended - no matter for how long and how intensively people smoke.


Significant experience has been gathered in Hasharon Institute in helping those who really decide to quit smoking without suffering from severe withdrawal symptoms. To succeed, high motivation and discipline is needed. The clients must be ready to invest some time between the therapeutic sessions during the process.


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