All the best to you and many more happy and healthy years! Hi Kathie, Thank you for the birthday wishes and words of encouragement. Happy 30th Birthday Valen! Beautifully written heartfelt thoughts.
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Beyond proud of you, all ways, always. You are the wind beneath my wings. Love, mom.
Oh, how I treasure you more than anything! Just like that you can bring tears to my eyes. I wish I could give you a huge hug. I love you bunches and bunches…forever and ever… Did you ever know that you are my hero…. Valen, that was a beautiful list for me to read today.
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Every now and then we need to be reminded of how lucky we all are. Today was one of those days for me.
You are an insperation to many people. Beautiful, just beautiful!!! Happy Birthday. Hi Debbie, Thank you for the birthday wishes and a special thanks for your support in my blog and for your sweet remarks. Happy Birthday! I just got my Transplant date, March 1st, so fortunate that my husband is my donor. I feel very blessed!
I am thrilled that you received your transplant date. SO excited for you and your husband rocks! Good luck!!!! You are beautiful in all things! You have inspired me an gave me hope at my lowest. Know that what you do helps… Your Birthday will be just as amazing as you are! Hugs n Kisses. Dearest Wendy, So touching…that means the world to me.
Thank you for sharing! Sending big hugs your way!!!! Happy Birthday, you are a brave woman. My husband has PKD and is turning 31 the day after tomorrow.
Both our sons have the same disease. We are learning to live with it and I am possitive I will live a long life with my three men…. Hi Marnie, Thank you very much for the birthday wishes!
Your husband and I are very close in age. Please wish him a Happy Birthday for me! Wishing the best for you and your three men! May the entrance into this new decade of life be marked with many dreams to come true, many goals to be met, and an abundance of health! Thank you for allowing me the privilege of being your nurse and for the great late night conversation. Hi Stacy, So wonderful to hear from you! Thank you for the sweet note in my hospital room and for this beautiful message and birthday wishes. Thank you for your support and for listening in my time of need. What a wonderful nurse you are for taking the time to listen and showing such compassion to your patient.
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He told Dr. Price initially prescribed a small dose of Risperdal, an anti-psychotic medicine, and recommended that Joseph go back to talk therapy. After that, he prescribed Lupron Depot. Joseph got the shot four times over a period of three months. I went to Refuah [Health] Center to have a nurse stick it up my ass. I had to drop my pants, turn around, and have her put it in. Price was eager to talk when I called to ask about his work as a psychiatrist catering to the Hasidic community. He invited me to his private practice, situated in the upstate New York town of Monsey, where there is a large Orthodox and Hasidic population.
His office is in a two-story building at the edge of a strip mall that also houses a kosher restaurant, a kosher candy store, a Jewish bookstore, and a pharmacy. Price is a tall man with a childlike, clean-shaven face and jet-black hair cut across his forehead in a straight line. He wore a black yarmulke and a crisp navy suit and tie. When I arrived, he told me excitedly about a treatment he had come up with for autism, which he said has high rates in ultra-Orthodox communities. He had tried the treatment on his son, and is now having the powder baked into cookies at a local kosher factory.
He showed me a bag: it has a purple mountain landscape, with a blue stream flowing into two round cookies. Price went to a Jewish day school. After college and medical school, he earned his rabbinical ordination from Ohr Somayach , a non-Hasidic ultra-Orthodox institution. This gave him the cultural knowledge he needed to treat Hasidim, he says, though he is not himself Hasidic.
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He serves as the medical director of the Bikur Cholim of Rockland County, a mental health clinic that serves the ultra-Orthodox community. Two thirds of Dr. Sometimes, he uses medication to treat the symptoms, if he determines that they are psychiatric in nature. Other times, he sends the patient to a rabbi for a dispensation to eliminate the religious cause.
Psychiatric medication addresses symptoms, not root causes, Dr. Price told me; symptoms like anxiety, depression, paranoia, and overall distress can coincide with living a life of strict religious practice. I asked whether he prescribes SSRIs to prevent masturbation. When he is treating kids, the school is involved.