Posts Tagged ‘anxiety’

Mass Shootings, Trauma and Coping

Mass shootings, trauma, and the flurry of debate over gun policy have sadly become the norm in America in recent years.  Nearly every region of the country has been affected and the context has been so varied–from grade schools to municipal offices, and most recently an outdoor concert venue, that fear is becoming a part […] Read more…

The Deification of Perfectionism in an Age of Anxiety and Suicide

The mythology of perfectionism in the public eye often comes across as harmless, even endearing.  Sitcoms from “The Odd Couple” featuring the ultra-fastidious Felix Unger to “Modern Family’s” Alex have portrayed perfectionists as quirky but lovable folks who are simply a bit more focused and particular about their environment or work than the average person. […] Read more…

Year-Round Mental Health Awareness and Resources

Mental Health Conversations and Community Should be Available All-Year-Round May was Mental Health Awareness Month, and as a Psychiatrist, I find it a welcoming sign that the stigma of mental illness seems to be diminishing with each passing year. In the spirit of encouraging people to address their mental health in a constructive way, I wanted […] Read more…

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Talk Therapy vs. Antidepressants: Understanding Your Treatment Options

How do Depression Treatments Compare? In 2017, there are more ways than ever to treat depression. Quite often, patients will need to try a couple different treatment options before they find the one that they respond to most effectively. The two main categories of depression treatment are talk therapy and antidepressants. Commonly, a combination of […] Read more…

Politics and Psychiatry: The Unshakable Correlation

It has been a politically heated time in the United States for the past couple years, although it certainly seems to have reached a climax over the past six months or so. There is a correlation between politics and psychiatry that often goes unacknowledged. It impacts both patients and psychiatrists in a big way and […] Read more…

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The Internal and External Triggers of PTSD

The physical and emotional strain of PTSD can become a struggle for some people and it can linger in the form of panic attacks and other behavioral manifestations that interfere with daily life.  The residual effects of a shocking or scary event can continue for months (or even longer,) and make people feel stressed and […] Read more…

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How is Social Media Impacting Your Mental Health?

The prevalence of social media among all age groups has created a host of potential problems associated with dependency and abuse.  While Millennials may be the first generation to not have any awareness of life without social media, all age groups and generations are using social media in various ways.  Balancing the positive social benefits […] Read more…

New Year’s Resolutions: The trite tradition that could have implications for your mental health

The ritual of renewal known as the New Year’s resolution is a difficult process for some people, and even this seemingly innocuous process can have implications for your mental health and well-being.  Lots of people create ambitious resolutions, but research suggests that resolutions with focused, actionable goals have the best chance of succeeding.  Making New […] Read more…

Ketamine Under the Lens: An Update

The Results We Have Seen from Ketamine Therapy at the Practice If you have followed my blog recently, you may have come across some of my observations about Ketamine, a drug used as a sedative (and sometimes abused as a club drug known as “Special K”,) but that is now being used to help patients with […] 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…

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