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Case Studies


Ang Jin is a 23-year-old, single mother of a young child age 2, presented with a history of recurrent and disabling depression and headaches. For several weeks she became severely depressed and had difficulty moving, diminished appetite,…


Jenny is a 40-year-old attorney and a divorced and remarried mother. She was referred to me by her therapist of two years for psychiatric evaluation and consideration of medication to treat her worsening depression.

Domestic Violence PTSD

Sometimes all it takes is a whiff of familiar cologne to make Amal, 25, remember the feel of her abuser’s fingers around her neck.
On a winter night in early 2015, her husband raped her.

Eating Disorder

My daughter Kim has bulimia nervosa. During her teenage years, she had anorexia nervosa, although, over the past few years, she’s had increasing difficulty with binge eating and some episodes of restrictive eating. She has been…

Elderly Depression

Ms. McKay is a 78-year-old African American woman living in Dorchester. She is single, with significant hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. Although she has a prosthetic leg, she is mobile. She has been active in her church but is recently…

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

My name is Robert. My battle with OCD started out like so many others. The earliest symptoms I can remember appeared around age 8. I had started to develop a prayer routine at night which, in my mind, I believed would keep my loved…

Postpartum Depression

Isn’t it interesting how we can think that Postpartum Depression is something that happens to other people even while we are surrounded by the signs of depression within ourselves? I struggled with Postpartum Depression with…


My name is Patrick and I realized something was wrong with me very early in life, even though my foster parents just thought it was from an overactive imagination.
It would start when I would be showering or in…

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