Dr Martha Wetter, 8pm to 9pm
Email:  martha.wetter@ctgrp.org
Webpage: www.ctgrp.org

Martha Wetter, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in the use of Dialectical Behavior Therapy to treat borderline personality disorder. She received her Ph.D. in 1984 from the University of Kentucky, and has worked in independent practice, in community mental health, and in an academic position in the Psychology Department at University of Kentucky.  In 1996, she established the DBT program at the Comprehensive Care Center in Lexington, KY.   She directed this program until August, 2005.  During that time she trained Comprehensive Care Center staff throughout the region.   She now has a private practice in Lexington, KY and she continues to run a DBT program in this setting.

Topic:  Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD)

Questions for guest:

  • What is a personality disorder?
  • What are the symptoms of borderline personality disorder and how frequently does this disorder occur?
  • Why is it called “borderline” personality disorder?
  • It has been said it is the diagnosis most feared by mental health professionals. Why?
  • What causes borderline personality disorder?
  • What exactly is invalidation?
  • Why does it have such an impact on children (and adults)?
  • How is borderline personality disorder treated?
  • What does Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) involve?
  • How effective is DBT in resolving symptoms of borderline personality disorder?
  • What are some sources of further information about borderline personality disorder and DBT?

Related links:

Borderline Personality Disorder (wiki)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (wiki)

Personality Disorders (MedlinePlus)

Schema Therapy (wiki)


Dr. Norman Rosenthal, 9pm to 10pm
Webpage: www.normanrosenthal.com
Name Of Book: Winter Blues

Topic: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Norman E. Rosenthal, MD, is internationally recognized for his contribution to the understanding and treatment of depression. He was one of the medical researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health who identified the syndrome now called “Seasonal Affective Disorder” back in the early 1980s. His book, Winter Blues, tells the story of the development of treatments for SAD over the course of the last two decades, and provides the readers with an understanding of SAD and how to deal with it. A new issue of the book will be coming out next year. You can visit Dr. Rosenthal at www.normanrosenthal.com.

Winter Blues

Dr. Rosenthal’s indispensable guide for readers who suffer from the “winter blues” is now more useful than ever. This authoritative book presents a wealth of new information on remedies for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), including recent advances in light therapy, research on the effectiveness of antidepressants, and new recipes to counterbalance unhealthy winter food cravings. He discusses various degrees of the disorder, ranging from winter blues to full-blown SAD; provides a self-test that readers can use to evaluate their own seasonal mood changes; and offers helpful advice, coping tips, and resources.

Questions for discussion:

  • I understand you are one of the scientists who first identified “Seasonal Affective Disorder” or “Winter Blues,” at the National Institute of Mental Health. What made you begin the research that resulted in this discovery?
  • Is winter depression a very common problem for Americans?
  • Is SAD more common in some geographical locations than others?
  • Besides light therapy, are there other things that will help? Are there lifestyle changes that will help people who suffer from SAD?
  • Is SAD recognized by the general medical and psychological community now? If so, was this a long time in coming?
  • Are there people who suffer from seasonal depression that becomes worse in the summer rather than the winter?
  • Does SAD run in families?
  • Can children suffer from SAD as well?
  • Are there references to anything like winter depression in either history or world literature?
  • Do you know of support groups or associations that have been organized to help people who suffer from SAD?
  • This is the holiday season. What special problems present themselves for people who suffer from SAD around this time of year?
  • Is SAD more prevalent among individuals who have suffered from depression at other times or in other ways than it is among those who have never had a problem with depression except in winter?
  • How serious would you let “winter blues” get before seeking professional help, if you could give advice about what level of depression crosses the line to become a real medical issue?
  • You speak in your book of a daily mood log. How would it help for a person to fill in that form, what good would that do for them?
  • I understand that there has been some new research on SAD and there are some new suggestions and findings. Can you speak about that?

Related links:

Seasonal Affective Disorder (MedlinePlus)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (wiki)

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