June 17, 2020
As a practicing clinician, I am regularly told by patients about what they have read on the internet. My clinical colleagues have referred to the internet as “Dr. Google.” Why do people give more weight and authority to something they have read on the internet than what we have discussed…Read More
October 7, 2019
Do Psychiatric Medications Work?
As a practicing psychiatrist, I am often asked this question both by patients as well as family members. The answer is: it depends. It depends on several important factors that patients need to be aware of, especially when they agree to trying a medication for the first time. So, what…Read More
August 6, 2019
Is Contemporary Culture Re-defining ADHD?: Lessons Derived from Limitless
For an eight year old movie, the issues that Limitless raise remain as contemporary as ever: What are the actual indications for stimulant pills? What does it say about those living in modern, western culture that they seem simply unable to function without them in modern workplace culture? If so, does…Read More
June 25, 2019
Does Your Psychiatric Diagnosis Matter?
The answer to this question is most a resounding yes for most patients, families, and, insurance companies. But for the millions of practicing therapists, counselors, psychologists and psychiatrists, we may not get such enthusiastic agreement on this answer. Why is that? The answer may lie in how psychiatric diagnoses are…Read More
April 9, 2019
Anxiety: Common and Treatable
Anxiety is a very common and very human experience. So common in fact that all human beings experience some degree of anxiety. But there is a distinct difference between anxiety as a brief, understandable concern that occurs when thinking about the future (such as an exam, bills, or a life…Read More
October 18, 2018
Suicide: A Psychiatrist’s Perspective
We have recently heard news of high profile celebrities completing suicide. As tragic and eye opening as such news is, this psychiatrist’s opinion is that the discussion has been superficial and speculative. It also, rather unsatisfyingly, concludes by only offering up the national suicide hotline. What appears to missing from…Read More
October 16, 2018
Over the Counter and Psychiatric Medications: Helpful or Dangerous Combination?
Over the counter medications (OTC’s): many of us have relied on them for day-to-day ailments. Be it for coughs, colds, headaches, fever, minor sprains, allergies, or aches and pains, we’ve all found ourselves meandering into our local pharmacy seeking relief from these minor but pesky symptoms. In fact, studies have…Read More
June 6, 2018
Dr. Anand Answers Questions About Psychiatric Medications
Am I on the right medication? How do I know if it is working? These are among the most common questions I get asked by patients. Naturally it stems from people wanting to learn more about their medications, including how they work. I try to set up realistic expectations for…Read More
April 25, 2017
Anxiety or ADHD – Which Disorder Do I Have?
For many patients and doctors, these can two disorders can be the hardest to distinguish from one another. After all, both can affect concentration, make people distractible and forgetful, and result in impulsive or rash decisions that can sometimes have bad consequences. Anxiety and ADHD also make many people feel…Read More