Articles & Updates

Glenn Miller, M.D. is a weekly contributor to the Santa Barbara News-Press.  His column, Healthy Mind – Healthy Future, can be found every Saturday on page A2.  The topics for the column are often initiated by personal questions from the readership audience.

Panic Disorder

"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself." – Franklin D. Roosevelt Panic disorder is a type of chronic anxiety disorder in which an individual experiences repeated unexpected attacks of sudden intense fear that something horrible is going to happen for no apparent reason.  These are known as panic attacks.  People with...



"Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night" -- Edgar Allen Poe Narcolepsy is a chronic lifelong sleep disorder, and is a disorder of the nervous system, not a mental illness.  Anxiety does not cause narcolepsy.  While its cause is not well understood, it does tend to run in families, and the...


Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

"Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow.'" - Mary Anne Radmacher Many adults and children who have experienced or witnessed violent or traumatic events suffer severe and disabling symptoms of distress.  The developmental, emotional and psychological...


Depression in Children

“Please just make the sad go away.”  - Kara S. (11 years old) Depression is a very significant problem.  The disorder, which is estimated to affect approximately 7 percent of the U.S. population, makes it extremely difficult to handle the daily tasks of life including work and school.  Unlike adults, children are often unable to...



Give sorrow words; the grief that does not speak whispers the o'er-fraught heart and bids it break.  ~William Shakespeare  Losing someone or something you love is often extremely painful.  Grief is a complex response to loss.  Although typically associated with an emotional response to loss, it also has physical, behavioral,...