3 Questions for Bick Wanck, MD

1. Please briefly outline your education and career…schools; name of practice, etc.

I grew up along a rough rural stretch of the Mason-Dixon Line. After graduation from my hometown’s school of hard knocks, I attended Penn State where I competed on its Division 1 swim team. From there I attended Temple Medical School in Philadelphia (which included a higher level of hard knocks). After graduating from medical school, I dropped out of formal medical studies and hit the road, living out of a van for a year. During that year, I designed and built furniture, climbed mountains in the Andes, and studied with a Shaman in the Peruvian Amazon. After lifeguarding and selling the van in Florida to raise enough cash to travel North, I spent 4 years training in Psychiatry at SUNY Syracuse. Then I moved to Princeton, NJ, where I ran the addiction treatment program of a private treatment facility. While there, I took care of movie stars, rock stars, porn stars, and politicians; wrote academic and popular nonfiction; gave talks around the country; and helped start the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry which is now a Board-Certified subspecialty. Feeling claustrophobic in New Jersey, I moved to Saratoga Springs, NY and started my private practice, Bick Wanck MD and Associates, which is celebrating its 33rd year.

2. What is the main premise of your new book?

Mind Easing: The 3-Layered Healing Plan for Anxiety and Depression is a self-help book for general readers and professionals. It shows how to assist the mind’s natural capacity to heal by harmonizing wellness approaches, various types of therapy, and – if needed – medicine into a plan tailored to the wishes and needs of the individual.

3. How does what you have to say differ from other cures for anxiety and depression?

My mission is to help relieve suffering as much as possible for as many possible by assisting the natural flow of healing. My hope is that Mind Easing’s 3-Layered Healing Plan will help people reduce anxiety or depression. Mind Easing addresses the three essential causes of anxiety and depression rather than simply their symptoms; it explains how and when psychiatric medicine can block or impede the flow of healing as well as when medicine may help restore the natural flow of healing; and it introduces the concept of soft versus hard anxiety and depression and shows readers what to do about it. All of these concepts in Mind Easing are new and it’s the first comprehensive healing plan created for any condition. Mind Easing also has a work of fiction running through it; Lisa and her friends entertain readers as they show how easy it is to construct a 3-Layered Healing Plan.