About – Douglas Berger Psychiatrist Tokyo


Dr. Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D., Meguro Counseling Center Director

Dr. Berger came to Japan as a medical exchange student and psychiatric researcher at the Tokai University School of Medicine on a research fellowship from the Matsumae International Foundation. He later returned to Japan to do further psychiatric research at the Tokyo University Department of Psychosomatic Medicine and the Tokyo Institute of Psychiatry. Dr. Berger speaks native-level Japanese and regularly conducts psychotherapy for mixed-cultural couples as well as the local Japanese community. This page lists Dr. Berger’s research activity, and this page is an archive of community education articles for the Tokyo Families Magazine written by Dr. Berger. Dr. Berger also works extensively with children as Director of the Tokyo Child & Adolescent Counseling Service. Dr. Berger is a legal permanent resident of Japan.

Douglas Berger is a now a fully bilingual American board certified psychiatrist, is the Director of the Tokyo Meguro Counseling Center. Douglas Berger is a M.D., and a Ph.D. Dr.  Berger is a graduate of New York Medical College where he completed a 4-year residency program in psychiatry. He then finished a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Now based in Tokyo, he had served on the Faculty of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Department of Psychiatry in New York as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and licensed practicing U.S. physician. Dr. Berger’s Japanese qualifications include a Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo School of Medicine received for psychiatric research done while at the Tokyo University Department of Psychosomatic Medicine.

Credential Verifications

Dr. Berger’s medical degree is from the United States, he is well-versed in the use of psychiatric medication and can guide the use of psychiatric medications integrated with psychotherapy through the physicians affiliated with his counseling practice (he does not directly practice medical care in Japan). Further information on Dr. Berger can be seen on his personal home page.

Publications by Dr. Douglas Berger, psychiatrist in Tokyo

Berger D: DOUBLE BLINDING REQUIREMENT FOR VALIDITY CLAIMS IN COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY INTERVENTION TRIALS FOR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER. Analysis of Hollon S, et al., Effect of cognitive therapy with antidepressant medications vs antidepressants alone on the rate of recovery in major depressive disorder: a randomized clinical trial, F1000Research 2015, 4:639 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6954.1). U.S. National Library of Medicine version.

Berger D: DOUBLE-BLINDING AND BIAS IN MEDICATION AND COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY TRIALS FOR MAJOR DEPRESSIVE DISORDER, F1000Research 2016, 4:638 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.6953.2). U.S. National Library of Medicine version.

Articles by Douglas Berger, M.D., Ph.D. for Tokyo Families magazine.

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Some couples have interminable fights. One or both have a depression or other problems. Having a separate full-function space to live and “commute” to see each other or flexibly give space is a great option that few employ. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

It is not uncommon for oral contraceptives to cause emotional instability and subsequent interpersonal conflict. This may not be evident for a few months as the patient blames other causes. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Early adolescents are often mistaken for lacking confidence when the real problem is that they don’t fit into the teenage paradigm: boys group together based on toughness, girls group together based on attractiveness to boys. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

Impatience with others, impatience in stores, chasing relationships and needing to lie about them, class clowning, etc., are a sign of hyperactivity, but many don’t realize this as ADHD. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mCEuf, https://t.co/urVpIy8ewg

Many persons get nervous about taking medications. Even persons who have taken recreational drugs or drink are nervous about taking meds. Patients need to be assured that meds can be stopped and adjusted. Us: https://t.co/W6SS4mUflN, https://t.co/urVpIxQD7G

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Parents are usually perplexed and agitated at their kids who have ADHD. They conclude the child “doesn’t do things” rather than the actual truth that the child “can not do things”. Understanding this is usually enlightening. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

Therapist in Tokyo: Hints that psychiatric symptoms are due to brain physiology. https://t.co/DqQIpG2JLU

Hints that psychiatric symptoms are due to brain physiology: chronic course even without stress, family history, improvement on using substances & recurrence on stopping, physical signs like excoriating one’s fingernails, etc. Us: https://t.co/VOm63HtESZ, https://t.co/uaoP3ZdWvx

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