As we celebrate July and honor Independence Day, I am reminded of how important it is to feel free in this life. When I meet a patient for the first time, I listen to their struggles and I can relate to, and feel, some of the burdens they carry. Life is not easy, even though some people make it look that way. Moments of tragedy shape who we are, how we think, and what we fear. In times of loss and pain we build walls between us and others to protect ourselves. When taken advantage of in any arena in life, we lose trust in our fellow man, and end up feeling as though we are alone in this great big world. These feelings are very real, they are hard to break free from, and they limit one’s life and stunt one’s ability to feel free and enjoy each day to the fullest.
One of the many reasons IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy is an amazing treatment is that it helps tear down the walls, break through the barriers, and free the mind from negative thoughts. For those who struggle from suicidality, depression, anxiety, other mood disorders as well as chronic pain, ketamine can help. Over 80% of our mood disorder patients benefit from this treatment and many report a new level of freedom. Freedom from the chains of the past, freedom from the bullies inside that say you are helpless, freedom from the mistrust of your fellow man, freedom from the thought that you are not worthy, freedom from feeling that this world would be better without you in it. I ask that you utilize July as a month to spread hope and freedom, a month to celebrate life.
Last month Buzzfeed did a feature story on Ketamine Therapy with my patient Tom. When he came to us he was in a dark place, unable to get over the loss of his two sons to suicide. He had tried everything out there and Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles was his last resort. Many of you have seen this story, however, if you missed it, I want to share again. A truly heartfelt, heart wrenching, and inspirational interview, offering a glimpse into how Ketamine Therapy transforms lives. I am honored to care for Tom, thrilled to see his progress and grateful he was willing to share his story with the rest of the world. Watch the video Here!
Here is to breaking free from anything that holds you back! Wishing you a memorable July!
Dr. Steven L. Mandel
We hope you had a wonderful 4th of July!
25 Daily Habits Practiced by Highly Successful People
We are part of an article in Inc.com’s 25 Daily Habits Practiced by Highly Successful People piece (#19). Coverage is as follows: Leave your ego at the door. “[My routine] starts with getting a good night’s sleep, seven to eight hours. I get up, workout for 15 minutes, meditate for 15 minutes, have a light, high-protein breakfast or smoothie, then go. This sets me up to come to work clear-minded and ready to support my teammates in our collective mission of alleviating suffering. When I get to my clinic, I leave my ego at the door. My central contribution to the achievement of our mission is not being too concerned about who gets the credit for our success. I want my teammates to shine. I offer support in all the ways that I can think of, and I ask for what support they would like. We support one another in identifying and letting go of whatever may get in the way of optimum performance. At the end of the day, we know we can accomplish anything with integrity and clear, honest communication.” Read More
Employee Highlight: Meet Angel Jones- Director of Operations
Angel Jones, Director of Operations, is a graduate of San Jose State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television and Film, and a minor in Public Relations and Marketing. Angel also has an Associate’s Degree in Mass Communications. With over 12 years of business management experience in the retail industry, and 8 years administrative management in the field of medicine working for USC, Angel is the perfect fit forKetamine Clinics of Los Angeles. A motivated and energetic individual, she excels in leadership, branding, patient care workflows, writing, promoting, establishing company standards, maximizing productivity, and overall training and development. A true operational expert, Angel leads with passion and integrity.
Angel is most proud of her diverse education and work experience, as well as her ability to juggle a variety of things. She grew up with a strong work ethic, assisting with the family business at 13 years of age. She recalls that her love for PR began in junior high when she was the Publicity Director for her private k-8 grade school. When in film school, Angel was offered extra credit to train and develop the staff of the radio department on teamwork and good relations in the workplace.
Originally from Northern California, Angel believes the best move she ever made was to Los Angeles. The weather alone brings her joy and since she grew up athletic playing basketball and volleyball, as well as being an avid runner, the climate here is perfect for her active lifestyle. When not at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, she spends her time hanging at the beach, going on playdates with her family and friends, and spending quality time traveling with her boyfriend.
Why are people more likely to kill themselves in the spring and summer?
The idea that suicide is highest during the holidays is a myth.
“Although many people imagine that rates of suicide are highest in colder months, statistics show that’s not accurate. According to a 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (the most recent year for which data is available), November and December showed the lowest rates of suicide in the U.S., with an average of 111 suicides per day. The number – as it has in years past – jumped beginning in March, with a peak in May, when there were nearly 128 suicides per day.” Read More
My name is Wil Wheaton. I live with chronic Depression, and I am not ashamed.
“I’m about to go speak to NAMI Ohio’s statewide conference, Fulfilling the Promise. These are the remarks I prepared for my speech.” -Whil Wheaton
“I’m not ashamed to stand here, in front of six hundred people in this room, and millions more online, and proudly say that I live with mental illness, and that’s okay. I say “with” because even though my mental illness tries its best, it doesn’t control me, it doesn’t define me, and I refuse to be stigmatized by it. So. My name is Wil Wheaton, and I have Chronic Depression.” Read More
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