Marc I. Oster, Psy.D.

Doctor Oster is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in private practice. A faculty member of the Adler School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, Dr. Oster teaches doctoral students in the areas of psychopathology, professional issues and practice, clinical hypnosis, behavioral medicine, health psychology, psychological testing, forensic psychology, and psychotherapy. Besides his teaching duties he oversees the school’s Certificate in Clinical Hypnosis …

Fighting the Fear Factor

The clock shows 1:30 am and the child is still not asleep. All he can do is think about what is out there. His mind races and he is convinced aliens are coming to earth to kill us all. He shivers. He glances at the clock next to his bed and wishes with all his might that the night would …

Founder and Director of Electroneurodiagnostic Technology Program

Dr. Veronica Drantz was educated at the University of Illinois and DePaul University, earned a Ph.D. in animal physiology, and has devoted her life to teaching science to medical professionals and other students. Since 1982, she has taught a wide variety of science courses at East-West University where she is now tenured and serves as Director of the Biological & …

The Role of the Heart in Sleep

Dr. Sushil Sharma, M.D. When we sleep many parts of our body are resting, but not our heart. Cardiologists and Sleep Medicine specialists discovered unusually intensive heart activity heart in REM sleep and during dreams. While the body is lying quietly, the heart rate speeds up as if the person is running or fighting. Researchers have been surprised to find …

Bipolar Disorder Hits the Youngest the Hardest

Linda Searing HealthScoutNews Reporter FRIDAY, Nov. 23 (HealthScoutNews) — People may think small kids don’t generally get as sick as grown-ups. But new research shows that when bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is involved, the exact opposite is true. “The little children that we see have the most severe form of the illness,” says Dr. Barbara Geller, one of the …

Melatonin is Not a Candy

French scientists recently have warned against the indiscriminate use of Melatonin. Despite the fact that Melatonin has been released for public use in the United States by the Food and Drug Administration and is available over the counter nation wide, there currently is a total lack of information on the side effects of Melatonin. In Europe, Melatonin has a completely …

Edvard Munch – Fear, Illness and Fame

By Deena Sherman Edvard Munch, best known for his painting, The Scream, was tormented by the tragedies of his childhood – and haunted by the demons of his mind. Munch was born in the capital of Norway, Christiana (now called Oslo) in 1863. His father was a religious fanatic who earned a modest income as a doctor. His mother, 20 …

Clinical Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy

Marc I. Oster, Psy.D., ABPH President-elect, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (2002) The public often has questions about hypnosis. In spite of being well educated and informed, many people, including professionals, harbor misconceptions about what hypnosis is and is not. The article below will address the most common of questions I’m often asked. What is Clinical Hypnosis? The following definition …

Van Gogh – Mental Illness and Genius

By Deena Sherman Passionate works of art using vibrant colors, thickly applied paint and bold brushstrokes are only half the story of Vincent van Gogh. The other half is the tragedy of a man who often despaired, had a violent temper and mental illness and who eventually committed suicide. The Dutch post-impressionist painter is a star in the world of …

Henri Matisse

By Deena Sherman Henri Matisse is known as one of the greatest 20th century artists, rivaled only perhaps by Picasso, and there is a good reason why. Look at his painting Two Figures Reclining in a Landscape, 1921. It draws the viewer in and invites one to lie down near the two women. Matisse used bold brushstrokes and vibrant shades …