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    A Different Kind of Psychiatry:
    A Monthly Series
    ACO Clinical Case Presentations & Discussions

    Interview with Peter A. Crist, M.D.
    „An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana“

    The first event in the ACO’s new monthly series of clinical case presentations and discussions coming up on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 4:00PM to 5:00PM at the ACO campus in Princeton is „An Adolescent Comes Out of the Fog of Marijuana“ by Peter A. Crist, M.D. Joining Dr. Crist will be Dale Rosin, D.O. as discussant. Dr. Crist shares his insights about the new series and the upcoming case presentation.

    Dr. Crist, what was the inspiration for this series?

    Dr. Crist: „Medical orgone therapy can treat a wide range of conditions. Unfortunately, the type of therapy we do is not as well-known as we would like it to be. Dr. Rosin suggested that one way to spread the word would be to host a regular series open to the public where the ACO medical orgonomists could present cases they have treated. We decided monthly presentations would be a good way to inform people about what we do and tell family, friends and other new people about it.“

    The first three presentations in the series are on marijuana related cases. Why is that?

    Dr. Crist: „We had such a great response to our recent ACO-sponsored forum, Problems with Marijuana, that we wanted to continue the discussion and offer the public the opportunity to hear first-hand from therapists in the trenches about how medical orgone therapy makes a difference in treating problems related to marijuana use. Subsequent presentations will explore the treatment of other emotional difficulties.“

    Why did you choose the particular case you will present on November 17?

    Dr. Crist: „The case that I will be presenting is one that I wrote up for the Journal of Orgonomy in 2002 about an adolescent I treated who had problems with marijuana. What strikes me about the case is that the basic problems it illustrates are just as true now as they were then. In fact, it’s almost as if it could have been written today. It shows what’s happening with young people, especially kids who have a lot of heart. They don’t know how to live in the world we’re in and, as this case clearly shows, medical orgone therapy can help young people find different ways to tolerate their feelings and live with them, which is the basic goal of therapy.“

    Did your patient have other problems in addition to marijuana use?

    Dr. Crist: „The patient’s basic problem was what we refer to as people ‚going out of contact‘ as a way of handling unpleasant emotions, which is really what all drug-related problems are–the person trying to handle intolerable feelings by using the drug to go out of touch with them. Marijuana has been referred to as the „care-less“ drug because it can put the user in a state of feeling fine and not being bothered by anything. My patient’s attitude about his family, school and life in general was ‚“who cares?“‚–and it became clear to me as treatment progressed that marijuana mimicked his character attitude.“

    What was your approach with him?

    Dr. Crist: „The case illustrates using the character analytic approach (an approach to therapy in which we deal with the person’s typical defenses, or the typical way they handle their emotions). Rather than dealing with his use of marijuana as a moral issue, I worked with him to help him see how he used the drug to reinforce his usual attitude, and to learn how to tolerate his feelings without smoking pot. As he began to tolerate feeling more as we dealt with his tendency to not care, it became clear that he cared a great deal, which is why things were so difficult for him. He was actually a sensitive and caring young man. He showed many of the features of other young people with drug and alcohol problems who I’ve treated.“

    Why should a young person come to this presentation?

    Dr. Crist: „I encourage young people to come so they can see a different way to handle their emotions and also find out that there are people who can help them deal with their feelings without needing to use drugs or alcohol to manage them.“

    What will parents learn?

    Dr. Crist: „The case also shows how important working with the young man’s mother was, and I’m excited about sharing with parents a new perspective about how to deal with marijuana use other than seeing it as something they just have to allow their kids to do, or be hard-assed about. Neither tactic works with young people. Young people need guidance but will resist people telling them what to do. The approach I used with my patient was to help him come to see things for himself rather than tell him what to see or do. It takes patience.

    I think adults in general–whether they are parents or not–will get a lot out of this case because it offers hope. Many people have a ‚doom and gloom‘ attitude about young people today, and I want to open people’s perspectives so that they can see that young people have good hearts and can find ways to live in the world with who they are and what they feel.“

    The series is free to attend. Seating is limited and advance registration is recommended. Call (732) 821-1144 or register online.
    American College of Orgonomy

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