Michael H. Best, MD
Doctor of Medicine, Medical specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy (adults); Medical specialist in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychotherapy
Zurich
General psychiatry: adults and children
Temenos Praxis, Weite Gasse 9, CH-8001 Zürich                                                      
michael.best@hin.ch

Dr Best’s clinical interests, with experience over many years, cover a broad field. General psychiatry: depressive illnesses, bipolar disorder, perinatal psychiatry, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in adults, autism and Asperger’s syndrome, schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, anxiety states, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body dysmorphic disorder, sleep disorders, alcohol and drug problems, relationship problems, adjustment disorders (e.g. unresolved grief), trauma and stress disorders, including work-related stress and burnout (being used to liaising with occupational health physicians and human resources managers), eating disorders, psychosomatic disorders, psycho-oncology, mental illness associated with general medical conditions, neuropsychiatric aspects of organic brain disease including dementia and head injury, psycho-endocrinology, psychosexual problems and gender identity issues. Child and adolescent psychiatry: emotional and behavioural disorders of infancy, childhood and adolescence; neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric aspects of intellectual disabilities, specific learning disorders including speech and language delay, dyslexia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder; psychiatric aspects of adoption, fostering and guardianship and the impact of divorce upon children, psychiatric treatment and long-term psychotherapy for adolescents and college students, including drug addiction and eating disorders. Dr Best has regularly guided children with Dyslaexia,  Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or Autism Spectrum Disorder, in some patients right through from childhood to university and beyond into the world of employment. Dr Best’s approach to psychiatric treatment and psychotherapy is eclectic and includes brief and long-term psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), mindfulness therapy, dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), psychopharmacology, bereavement counselling, couple / marital therapy and family therapy and includes understanding of the cultural context of the experience of suffering mental illness, particularly the social and emotional welfare of migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers. He has served for over 40 years as expert witness in forensic psychiatric cases including traumatic stress disorder, psychiatric sequelae of head injury, white-collar crime, homicide, sexual offences and juvenile crime and has a particular interest in the legal and therapeutic management of cases of child neglect and abuse, child custody disputes and international child abduction. He has had long-abiding interests in Jungian psychotherapy; in the relationships between individual psychotherapy, family therapy and social network therapy, drawing upon the ideas (“contextual therapy”) of Professor Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy with whom he had the privilege of studying in Philadelphia; and in mental health consultation - liaison.