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Fred Davis, MD
Psychiatry
& Psychotherapy
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Disorders Treated and Philosophy of Care

I have extensive experience in treating the entire spectrum of emotional disorders:

  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • ADD
  • Depression
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders
  • PTSD
  • Marital and Family Issues

The core of my work was psychotherapy. My youngest patient was eighteen months old, my oldest 94, and I saw about every age in between. Some patients came for a single visit, others I saw for years. I used psychotropic medicine judiciously, as needed. We live in a culture averse to pain and suffering—often resulting from the vicissitudes of life and not necessarily the result of mental illness. Physicians are prone to write a prescription too quickly; and the pharmaceutical industry cynically promotes the idea that happiness and good sleep comes from a pill. I helped patients get off or reduce their medications as often as I got them started. People have reserves of strength they often hide from themselves; the most important thing I did perhaps, was to help patients discover that strength.

My practice reflected holistic sensitivities, recognizing not only the value of complimentary therapies such as acupuncture, yoga, meditation, bodywork, dancing, and supplements, but also the value of acknowledging the role of spirituality in one's experience. My commitment ultimately, was to self-understanding and deeper insight into the needs of the greater community.


From Either Side, an original painting by Deborah Walker

Emergence

Emergence makes a blousing sound,
or that of rafts against the current,
coolie – pulled. Astounds the dawn,
awash with bedsheets, bitter tea,
sweet gallows for the recently unfree.
First look: a gaunt surprise,
rutting in the grass? Then hop on out,
watch the pink and pearling sky;
emergence, for the one restrained,
would make the harshest angel cry.

F.B. Davis