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MedicationMental Health
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…
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FamilyMedicationMental HealthSubstance Use/Process Addiction
August 20, 2019

Why Are There Toilets in the Juul Room? 

E-cigarettes Through the Eyes of a Loudoun County Teen Walk into any high school or middle school bathroom. Do you smell something fruity? Something minty? That’s not air freshener. Our school bathrooms have turned into Juul Rooms. The administrators sometimes even lock the bathrooms because so many kids are vaping…
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MedicationMental Health
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…
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Medication
July 16, 2019

What to Expect When Starting Suboxone

In 2016, in the United States: 51,969 persons died from an opioid overdose 1 million people suffered from an Opioid Use disorder Yet only about 20% of these individuals received treatment for this chronic brain disease In 2017, Virginia saw: 1,534 fatal drug overdoses, most of which were related to…
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MedicationMental Health
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…
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MedicationMental Health
January 19, 2019

Are You SAD?

Do any of these sound like you during the winter months? Have a depressed mood more days than not Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed Increase in appetite, especially for carbohydrates Increased sleep Loss of energy or increased fatigue despite extra sleep Increase in restlessness or…
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Medication
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…
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MedicationMental HealthSubstance Use/Process Addiction
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…
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