I have been practicing Psychiatry as a successful private practitioner for decades. During that time, I have seen a large variety of patients and been impressed with the huge amount of progress my field has made in helping patients and gaining acceptance from the public. However, my viewpoint has been that to be more successful, we must become much more integrated into the fabric of the lives of everyone. The field of mental health needs to be part of everyone’s daily life, not held in the back room of a specialist. It needs to be part of the accepted language we use in our interactions with family, friends, and community. People need to apply its principles to improve everyone’s lives. It is this goal that I seek to be part of an effort to achieve and my book is a pioneering effort in implementing that goal.
I discovered the work of the psychoanalyst, John Bowlby, who worked in England during the 1950’s through 1980’s. His contributions launched a new era of treatment. He presented the notion of an established relationship between mother and infant. This connection is the building blocks upon which psychological treatment had to be constructed. He brought people from many disciplines of biopsychosocial research into answering the question of how and why people attach with one another in the way that they do. What was discovered through this research lead us on a new and very exciting path in which we can see the birth of the human being from roots into a biological being. It is from this theory that my own research took hold.
From several decades of intense research, we have learned that the brain is a powerhouse. If we fail to connect with those around us, this powerhouse gets stunted in its growth and our quality of life fails. Once we reconnect with others, the growth resumes. The secret for a positive quality of life is based on our new nerve growth in the regions of our brain which had stopped growing.
I knew I had to find ways of restarting this “powerhouse,” once it had become stunted. I am not alone, there are many mental health professionals who have joined forces to develop this new field. Among the most major contributors have been Daniel Siegal, MD, Allan Schore, Ph.D, Herbert Benson, MD, and many others.