Author | Sharon Packer, MD


Sleep Hygiene Tips to Prevent Insomnia

June 02, 2020


Refreshed sleep can be tough even during normal times. With up to 30% of Americans experiencing sleep problems, here are guidelines to a better night’s sleep.

Ditch the Quarantini: Healthy Options for Psychological Well-Being

April 23, 2020


Virtual happy hours abound, but this is also quite worrisome, especially for those struggling with alcohol and substance use. Alternative solutions are offered in this video.

Tele-Teatime During the Quarantine

April 03, 2020


At a time when preserving public health is our highest priority, why would we want to encourage excessive alcohol use among the vulnerable?

Wordsworth's Wisdom During Troubled Times

March 27, 2020


It’s been tornados, volcanoes, epidemics, and more. Now we have COVID-19; is the coronavirus here to stay?

Amaryllis as an Antidote for Winter Woes

February 28, 2020


We often hear about seasonal affective disorder, but we don’t talk much about “winter woes.” Amaryllis offers something for everyone, for it encourages celebrations on many occasions, over as many months.

The Piccolo Player and His Last Tragic Tune

September 18, 2019


Dysdiadochokinesia was a hard word to remember-and an impossible one to forget.

Things Are Seldom What They Seem

July 22, 2019


Doing a review of systems wasn’t “rocket science,” as they say-but it was a classic example of medical science and of why psychiatrists are physicians first.

Lessons Learned From Mental Health Portrayals in Video Games

February 26, 2018


A review of the video game Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice and implications for psychiatry.

Taming Trichotillomania While Weeding the Garden

July 13, 2017


Her mention of gardens got me to thinking, not just about fragrant flowers but also about “symptom substitution,” an old-time favorite of behavioral psychologists. Which activities most resemble hair-pulling? Weeding, for one.

The Wandering Woman: A Pituitary Tumor

May 17, 2017


How does a pituitary result in a psychiatric emergency? Read more clues to this clinical puzzle.