Potentiation

When taking medications, we need to be on the scout for “potentiation”. This means that when two or more medications are combined, it can have some dangerous consequences. This can actually cause you to be an impaired driver, experience pretty severe mood reactions, memory loss, and similar consequences. Best, therefor, to listen very carefully to…

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Road Rage

It’s called “Road rage”. This condition can be pretty devasting. The onset is unpredictable and usually quite sudden. I have treated quite some number of people who, in a flash of time, found themselves with this condition. And I have developed a theory about why road rage arises. Operating a vehicle requires very complex brain…

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Mental Health Hygiene

Hygiene keeps us feeling good about ourselves. Daily personal care routines are pretty standard in our culture. But now there’s a lot of talk about “Mental Health Hygiene”. There’s an argument to going underneath the scalp instead of hygiene to the scalp alone. What are we talking about here? First, physical movement (deliberate and recorded)…

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Child PTSD

Stuff happens. But when it happens to a child whose brain is not yet quite developed for all the great ugliness that may visit them, then there’s a risk of forming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or “PTSD”. It happens to adults too. But for children, matters become more complex and adulthood can be consequently tainted,…

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Listeners and Multitaskers

I am not so different than many others who want to be heard while struggling with the very thing that they expect from others: Listening. I pride myself on my ability to multitask just as much as I question if I am giving my 100% to anything while I am multitasking. Logic would say I…

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The Transitions

A little background to start. I’ve worked as a Case Manager for 2 years here at Dirigo Counseling Clinic and have gone through a number of transitions in that time. From Section 17 CIS services to section 92 Behavioral Health Home services, to clinical intern, and now, finally to where I wanted to be. A…

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Don’t get arrested for “operating under the influence”

Holiday season should be fraught with fun. But an OUI can be devastating to you and innocent others. It is VERY EASY to cross .08 BAC, the limit in Maine!!! I will spare the lecture on the arithmetic on how one crosses the legal limit by only saying that is so INCREDIBLY easy. Most clients…

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Sleep Hygiene

Insomnia is the number one health problem among humans. It has many causes; resolving it can be a challenge and varies among us. Trying lots of experiments, as with most problems, is likely to lead to what works best for you. You can find lots of advice on how to secure good sleep hygiene. My…

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Professional Team Expands

With pleasure we announce that Dr. Mary Jude and Dr. Pricilla Young have joined our team. Their main roles are to provide immediate consultation to our clinical staff, policy formation, quality controls, and chart reviews. These are season medical providers who are rich with experience, training, and knowledge. We are so delighted to have them…

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We are expanding our facilities

We are expanding our facilities. We secured very nice facilities at 270 High Street in Ellsworth. This office lies in the heart of Ellsworth and will replace the three separate offices we have into one location. A delightful office suite with plenty of parking, easy access, and directly across the street from Ellsworth Internal Medicine.…

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