Getting Through the Holidays with OCD

For many people, holiday stress is compounded by dealing with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD.)  OCD is a form of mental illness that is sometimes trivialized by the way it has been portrayed in popular culture.  Neil Simon’s play The Odd Couple, which was also a long-running sitcom, featured the character Felix, who was obsessive about […] Read more…

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The Truth about Treating PTSD with Ketamine

Ketamine & PTSD – What Does the Research Show Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a mental illness that involves individuals who have been subjected to some variety of trauma either as a result of a single incident or due to prolonged exposure. Individuals with PTSD feel overwhelming and debilitating fear and anxiety and often feel […] Read more…

Manhattan Psychiatrist: Dr. Amanda Itzkoff on Prenatal Depression

Prenatal depression, also known as antenatal depression, can affect women from the time they become pregnant and throughout their pregnancy.  It is also possible that left untreated, prenatal depression can have a detrimental impact on a developing baby’s birth weight and other vital health factors.  As a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine […] Read more…

Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Impact Autumn and Winter can Have on Your Health

  The autumn and winter seasons are looked forward to with great anticipation by many as the weather gets cooler and a new host of responsibilities kick-off in September. With the holiday season to look forward to it’s often a season people find to be motivating, uplifting and comforting. There are however many who look […] Read more…

Depression in Men: It’s Different

Why is depression harder for men to cope with than women? Having seen many men with depression and other challenging mental health problems, I would like to give you some insight into how men experience depression, and how it can differ from women’s experiences. Sadly, even if men are experiencing a very difficult time and […] Read more…

Back to School Blues: Battling Depression & Anxiety in College Students on Campus

Most college students have returned to classes and for many going ‘back to school’ is an exciting and optimistic time full of ambition and new opportunities. But for some students, heading back to school after an extended break is a daunting transition to navigate. The structured routines, academic challenges and apprehension about their peers can […] Read more…

Staying Sane: Anxiety and Achievement

Keeping sane in a world where the demands and pressures from academics, sports, and socializing weigh heavily on parents and children alike, is no small task.  Sadly, the maxim that having more means wanting or needing more seems to have taken root.  It is easy enough to say to a relative or friend to pursue […] Read more…

Coping With Depression After Miscarriage

Experiencing a miscarriage can be devastating for a woman.  The effects of not fully grieving from the experience of a miscarriage can lead to a spiral of bad feelings that can ultimately lead to clinical depression.  Having seen many women suffering from anxiety and depression relating to their miscarriages, I would like to assure you […] Read more…

Catch-Up with Dr. Itzkoff!

If you follow Dr. Itzkoff’s blog, you know this space is usually reserved for mental health news, psychiatry resources, and articles related to the services she offers at her practice. This month, we decided to change things up a bit by conducting an interview with Dr. Itzkoff so her followers have a chance to catch-up […] Read more…

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Ketamine: When You Feel Like You’ve Run Out of Treatment Options

There’s Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression Many patients with depression come to me who have had little or no success treating their depression with medication – these patients are typically referred to as “treatment-resistant.” The drug ketamine has been in the spotlight recently as a drug that can treat severe depression that traditional anti-depressants has been […] Read more…

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