With the social and political divide that intensified in the U.S. after the 2016 election, doctors Peter A. Crist and Edward Chastka, two ACO psychiatrists, started a sociopolitical discussion group in February of 2017. They wanted to give people an opportunity to look at varying social and political views in our country and in the world using principles from their therapy practices that would allow participants to discuss opposing views with an open mind and get to the heart of the problem. The two doctors taught the group basic principles about how people think and express themselves, so that participants were then able to apply those precepts to working with others in the group, in other social and political situations, and in their personal lives. Listen in to hear an interview with the doctors about the group and their experience.
In this episode, Dr. Burritt interviews Peter Crist M.D., about the concept of “quiet quitting,” a term proliferating in recent articles across the political spectrum about how workers look at their jobs. Dr. Crist touches on the concepts of work-life balance, the desire for meaningful employment and how different generations view their work lives in this timely interview. Looking at “quiet quitting” as a physician with a functional approach, he explains that before we can come up with a solution or treatment we must first diagnosis or identify the problem. In his characteristic way, Dr. Crist takes us below the surface and gets to the heart of the problem.
This episode features a discussion with Alberto Foglia, M.D. about his article in the Journal of Orgonomy entitled “Two Possessed Girls.” After reading the article about two young girls with disturbing and violent behaviors, he discusses with Dr. Burritt how he approached their treatment highlighting key elements of medical orgone therapy.
*This episode includes some mature language*
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Edward Chastka, M.D. tells Dr. Burritt about his young adult patient Kimberly, an accomplished student and photographer, who reached out for help shortly after starting her career. Her professional and love lives were stagnant and she was unaware of how regular marijuana use impacted these key areas. Find out how Dr. Chastka was able to connect with Kimberly and help her turn her life around. The doctors also respond to audience questions about the effects of marijuana.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Jackie Bosworth, M.D. tells Dr. Burritt about her adolescent patient Drew who lived in a residential treatment facility for children at risk. She had great difficulty managing her anger and frustration and attacked anyone who got in her way. Listen in to hear how Dr. Bosworth was able to connect with Drew and provide relief for this teenager’s pent-up emotions. The doctors also respond to audience questions about self-harm and managing children who need healthy outlets for their anger.
This episode features the moving story of a patient named Jen who shares a part of her emotional development and reveals how her experience in medical orgone therapy changed her life for the better. Dr. Burritt’s interview with Jen touches on her unhappiness in a family relationship; the difficulty she faced in college where almost everyone around her used drugs or alcohol to help them navigate their new-found independence and the pressure of academia; the challenges and joy of becoming a mother and how therapy enabled her to find deep satisfying love.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation webinars. Howard Chavis, M.D. tells Peter Crist, M.D. about several of his elderly patients and how medical orgone therapy can help patients lead a more fulfilling life at any age. Dr. Crist adds his perspective and underscores important principles of emotional contact and treatment.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentation series webinars. Salvatore Iacobello, M.D. tells Chris Burritt, D.O. about his patient J.D. who was suffering from tics, anger and an inability to get along with peers or his parents. Dr. Iacobello was tasked with working with J.D., his parents and his school to calm the chaos in his family, alleviate the conflicts between him and his school, and improve how J.D. functioned in the world around him. Listen in to hear how Dr. Iacobello was able to connect with and offer relief to this young man who previously had no success with numerous professionals, multiple medications or hospitalization.
This episode features an interview with Chris Burritt, D.O., our usual podcast host. This time, he is in the interview seat as he discusses with Peter A. Crist, M.D. how he first learned about Wilhelm Reich and orgonomy as a high school student. Three years later, while grieving the death of his mother and feeling lost, he began medical orgone therapy. His sessions had such a profound effect on his life that he decided to pursue a career in medicine in order to become a medical orgonomist and help others in the same way that his medical orgone therapist helped him.
This episode features the audio from one of the ACO case presentations series webinars. Howard Chavis, M.D. tells Peter Crist, M.D. about several of his patients and how his immediate understanding of their character—their typical way of reacting and defending themselves from painful emotions—was beneficial in his ability to treat them and provide relief. Dr. Crist offers insight into his experiences with patients as well. Listen in to hear how two medical orgonomists identify and treat a patient’s emotional character in therapy and the significant impact that it can have on their well-being.