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Bernie Michael Glintz

Psychologist

Dr. Bernie Glintz is a psychologist practicing in Forest Hills, New York. Dr. Glintz specializes in the treatment of health mental problems, and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Glintz evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Glintz because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or anger for a significant period of time and are seeking help. Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition.
Bernie Michael Glintz
  • Forest Hills, New York
  • Accepting new patients

Is depression a side effect of your period?

Certainly that could be plausible in terms of hormonal factors. However, this being said one would have to rule out other psycho-social factors that might be at play

Can alcohol change your personality?

Absolutely! Alcohol has a powerful effect biochemically on the brain. It also lifts inhibitions or allows more dormant or what we refer to in mental health, repressed sides of READ MORE
Absolutely! Alcohol has a powerful effect biochemically on the brain. It also lifts inhibitions or allows more dormant or what we refer to in mental health, repressed sides of the personality to emerge such as anger. For example, a patient once described this as the "Hulk" that came out in their spouse in an otherwise meek person. Also known as "truth serum," alcohol  may have deleterious effects. 

How do you treat psychological stress?

Good question! All stress starts with how we perceive reality (psychologically) It creates what's referred to as a "flight or fight" response as often fearful or terrifying READ MORE
Good question!

All stress starts with how we perceive reality (psychologically) It creates what's referred to as a "flight or fight" response as often fearful or terrifying (mostly what is unknown like the pandemic) to less threatening or manageable. The latter serves as a stress reducer as it allows us to "fight" or confront the threat (known as a stressor) more confidently and successfully. 

What happens in a CBT session?

As the client you would present what is on you mind that you would like to discuss in the session. For example an event such as losing your job just occurred and your thoughts READ MORE
As the client you would present what is on you mind that you would like to discuss in the session. For example an event such as losing your job just occurred and your thoughts go in a catastrophic direction to worst case scenarios etc, the therapist in the CBT session could spin or pivot your negative scary thoughts/perceptions regarding this experience etc. that would lend itself to your being less depressed by "reframing" your thinking or spin your perception of this experience to to more benign, less scary/depressing view. i.e. is losing your job the worst thing in the world you haven't liked working there for a very long but have procrastinated in searching for a new one.world. Perhaps then your losing this job could serve as a much needed motivation or "blessing in disguise" to secure a new one. Hence, the reframe would go from cynicism, hopelessness and fear to hopeful optimism and becoming less depressed

Does relaxation help anxiety?

Yes--relaxation would help but only superficially if your anxiety condition is acute. Unraveling the triggers to your anxiety would be optimal

How do I stop emotional stress?

Good question but not an easy one to answer. To stop or reduce emotional stress requires one's ability to identify the triggers the emotional response. It requires insight and READ MORE
Good question but not an easy one to answer. To stop or reduce emotional stress requires one's ability to identify the triggers the emotional response. It requires insight and self-awareness of these triggers and becoming more effective in managing.them. Cogitive Behavioral Therapy along self -understanding could help in the manner in which you emotionally react more favorably to such triggers

How can I help a burn victim feel less self-conscious about his appearance?

Perhaps by emphasizing that you are attracted to his "insides" more than the exterior such as his personality, sense of humor, character, kindness etc. That these aspects more READ MORE
Perhaps by emphasizing that you are attracted to his "insides" more than the exterior such as his personality, sense of humor, character, kindness etc. That these aspects more constitute what makes him beautiful!

What happens to your body during a panic attack?

Your body respond in a "flight or fight mode" such as an excessive release of stress hormones such as cortisone, cortisol, adrenaline, ACTH etc. Excess blood is rushed to your READ MORE
Your body respond in a "flight or fight mode" such as an excessive release of stress hormones such as cortisone, cortisol, adrenaline, ACTH etc. Excess blood is rushed to your heart and organs as it beats rapidly. You lungs to not take in the normal oxygen and results in shortness of breath which mimics, in many people thoughts that they are having a heart attack. Every system in you body id effected--head, cardiovascular, respiratory, muscular/skeletal. Panic attacks are terrifying.

How can I control my emotions in the moment?

My suggestion is to implement "self talk" in those moments and ask yourself what is going on and is triggering me and to envision a hugh red (traffic) stop sign--key--is the 2 READ MORE
My suggestion is to implement "self talk" in those moments and ask yourself what is going on and is triggering me and to envision a hugh red (traffic) stop sign--key--is the 2 C's--to be CALM and in CONTROL. Needless to say, this is easier said than done but seeking insight oriented therapy that emphasizes emotional intelligence would be helpful.

Is CBT good for anxiety?

Absolutely! CBT is helpful in redirecting our perceptions otherwise known as how we view reality. Much like viewing a painting and asked what our interpretation is--the same holds READ MORE
Absolutely! CBT is helpful in redirecting our perceptions otherwise known as how we view reality. Much like viewing a painting and asked what our interpretation is--the same holds true as to how we interpret the challenges in issues in our lives. For example, if we interpret the pandemic as the end of the world and our lives is very different if we can "spin" or shift our perception (view) that it's not the end but rather, a time of change and transition and hence certainly not the end. It is said that perception is reality. CBT assists on how we view reality--that will alleviate anxiety.

Is anxiety and depression a disability?

It can be depending on the extent of the ability to function. For example, this might include one's ability to work, attend school, care for others (i.e., children), or perform READ MORE
It can be depending on the extent of the ability to function. For example, this might include one's ability to work, attend school, care for others (i.e., children), or perform everyday normal tasks and responsibilities. In many cases, depression and anxiety may diminish everyday functioning and may not necessarily disable a person. Seeking a metal health assessment should be considered -- perhaps psychotherapy and/or medication.

Do antidepressants make you worse before better?

The immediate effects of medication are sometimes difficult--for example it may increase anxiety,agitation, insomnia and other side effects. Usually it is short lasting, such as READ MORE
The immediate effects of medication are sometimes difficult--for example it may increase anxiety,agitation, insomnia and other side effects. Usually it is short lasting, such as for a few days or so until the medication reaches a therapeutic level in the bloodstream. It's a matter of getting over the hump in my clinical experience as reported by patients.

Can depression be passed down?

From existing research and clinical experience, depression is often viewed as a neuro-biological condition with tenants in genetic prediposition,

Why do children chew on their fingers and hands?

I view chewing on fingers as a manifest anxiety symptom of underlying (unconscious) roots or origins. Thus, it is a displacement of such unresolved issues that should be addressed. READ MORE
I view chewing on fingers as a manifest anxiety symptom of underlying (unconscious) roots or origins. Thus, it is a displacement of such unresolved issues that should be addressed. Yes, I do believe it is a mental thing.

Can a divorce drive people toward depression?

Divorce constitutes a LOSS of often great magnitude. Like any other major loss such as death, a job. health etc. it is normal that grief and mourning follow. Therapy, support groups READ MORE
Divorce constitutes a LOSS of often great magnitude. Like any other major loss such as death, a job. health etc. it is normal that grief and mourning follow. Therapy, support groups can be helpful in coping.

What does being chased in a dream mean?

My belief is that some issues in life, i.e., decisions, fears, etc., are closing in on you and are increasingly difficult to escape from. Being able to postpone or avoid them are READ MORE
My belief is that some issues in life, i.e., decisions, fears, etc., are closing in on you and are increasingly difficult to escape from. Being able to postpone or avoid them are much more difficult.

Why do I keep crying every day?

Yes! Crying every day may represent underlying or unconscious issues, emotions etc. that you are not aware of. Therapy may help you better better identify what is going on.

How well does exposure therapy work for OCD?

The quick answer is yes. Gradual exposure assists in desensitization. I also recommend therapy in exploring underlying factors that make for the compulsions

Will my depression go on its own?

The key issue is to acknowledge how long in duration have you been experiencing depression. Perhaps you should visit you doctor to rule out any medical causality. If the results READ MORE
The key issue is to acknowledge how long in duration have you been experiencing depression. Perhaps you should visit you doctor to rule out any medical causality. If the results are negative, it would suggest the reason for depression would would be psychological and consulting with a therapist would be recommended.

What can a psychologist do for anxiety?

People who suffer from anxiety are unconsciously very fearful of the future--ie what will happen (the new job) and thus need to control whatever goes on in their lives at all times. READ MORE
People who suffer from anxiety are unconsciously very fearful of the future--ie what will happen (the new job) and thus need to control whatever goes on in their lives at all times. Perhaps the patient does not need to know how are will be treated but rather, have faith in the therapist. CBT is probably most popular but viewing anxiety as a symptom and hence discovering its underlying root causes is a sound approach as well.