Ron Sterling, M.D. - Brief Biography
-- Updated April 19, 2013 --

Ron Sterling, M.D., Bellevue, Washington.
    Early Years.

    Dr. Sterling was born on March 26, 1946, in San Francisco, California, and named Ronald Murray Sterling (after no particular person). He has a brother two years younger, also born in San Francisco. The Sterling family moved to Southern California in 1948 and Dr. Sterling attended schools in Hawthorne, Inglewood, and Torrance, California. He has always gone by the name Ron Sterling which often attracted comments about the "Twilight Zone" television show (that was Rod Serling).

College and Medical School.

    In June 1968, graduated with a B.A., major in Biology, minor in Chemistry, from Walla Walla College, Walla Walla, Washington. In June 1972, graduated from Loma Linda University Medical School, Loma Linda, California.

Post Medical School Graduate Education.

    • In June 1975, received Certificate of Completion for General Psychiatry from the University of Hawaii Affiliated Psychiatric Residency Program, Honolulu, Hawaii.

    • In June 1999, received Certificate of Completion for Geriatric Psychiatry from the University of Kansas Medical School, Wichita, Kansas.

Medical License.

Association Memberships and Awards.

Volunteer Work and Memberships in Advocacy Organizations.

Dr. Sterling's First Book is Available at!

Sample Original Content by Dr. Sterling.

Web Sites Created and Maintained by Dr. Sterling

    The following is a list of Dr. Sterling's major Web sites created during the last six years which he continues to host and maintain for professional and consumer use.

    • -- Well-known mental health information Web site whose mission is to provide quality mental wellness and illness information and to facilitate better access to resources and services.

    • -- Up-to-date and comprehensive information about Adult Attentio Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. If you have been dealing with the challenges of ADD or you wish to know more about Adult ADD, this information, presented this way, will turn a light on for you.

    • -- Web site contains articles, information, and resources for understanding the factors in mental wellness -- self-appreciation, resilience, affiliation, negotiation, curiosity, exercise and leisure activities.

    • -- Extensive information and links to help you answer the question "is humor good for your health?"

    • -- Read about online counseling and purchase e-Mail, Internet chat, and telephone counseling from Dr. Sterling.

    • -- View information about Dr. Sterling's psychiatry and psychotherapy practice in Bellevue, Washington.

    • -- Contains mental health information and resources for older adults, and Dr. Sterling's latest answer about older adult mental health care and caregiver concerns.

    • -- Web site contains articles, information, and resources for understanding more about the phases that the brain goes through during a lifetime. There are many structural changes that take place in our brains, and they don't all occur during our later years.

    • -- Links to information and resources about concerns related to the use and misuse of alcohol by older adults.

    • -- Links to resources dedicated to helping us understand the power and the psychological principles of the process of interpersonal forgiveness.

    • -- This site is an outgrowth of several articles that Dr. Sterling has written about depression over the past five years. In addition to his most recent articles "Depression Kills" and "How Does Depression Kill?," you will find links to many other resources for understanding mild to severe depression.

    • -- Links to information, articles, organizations and individuals dedicated to helping us understand the processes of grieving and mourning.

    • -- Links to articles and resources for understanding psychotherapy.

    • -- This neurobiology of depression Web page contains a PowerPoint presentation (as an Adobe Acrobat document) entitled "How Stress Produces Major Depressive Disorder." It covers the three most important things we currently know about stress and depression. The hippocampus is a small, but very important part of the brain. It is one of the very few brain structures that contains nerve cells that can repair themselves under the right conditions.

Mission and Disclosure Statements.

    Dr. Sterling is a strong believer in life-long learning and inner-life development. His Web sites and his focus on "always getting better" are manifestations of his own commitment to taking the next step in personal growth. He is a very active advocate for better access to unbiased mental health information, support, and treatment.

    Dr. Sterling's mission for direct and online provision of psychiatric and counseling services is to provide his clients and those who seek mental health care with unbiased, informed, up-to-date, cost-effective, highly-confidential, honest, caring, and responsive services regarding their questions, concerns and personal development. His goal is to assist you with feeling and being your very best.

    Dr. Sterling's mission with respect to volunteer work is to put a different face on psychiatry and to campaign vigorously for reducing stigma and discrimination related to mental illness and chemical dependency.

    Dr. Sterling's mission with respect to journalism and mental health information is to provide timely, professional, authoritative, and well-written mental health, substance abuse, and social commentary content. To view Dr. Sterling's declaration regarding potential conflicts of interest, please go to his Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Statement.

Thank You for Stopping By!

    Best wishes, and have a great day! -- Dr. Sterling

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