September 10, 2019
September is National Recovery Month. Recovery Month is a national observance held every September to educate Americans that substance use treatment and mental health services can help those dealing with a substance use disorder or mental health issue to live a health and rewarding life. The month celebrates the successes…Read More
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…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 22, 2019
Post-Partum Depression: You Are Not Alone
Many women struggle with adjusting to motherhood following the birth of a child. Not all women are prepared for the major changes that come with the new role of parenting. Some have difficulty balancing old roles such as at work or in relationships and the new demands of caring for…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
February 20, 2019
The Basics of Mindfulness
Over the years mindfulness has become more common in our society. There are apps to guide us through the practice and it is even being integrated in schools to help teach kids how to manage emotions and stress. But what is mindfulness? Mindfulness is the practice of being both aware…Read More
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…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 18, 2018
Is Smart the New Average?
You’ve heard it from friends, family, relatives, neighbors, other parents, teachers and you’ve possible said it yourself: “My kid is smart.” But what does smart mean? What is it? How do you quantify it? Depending on the context in which it is used, Merriam–Webster defines smart as an adjective, verb, and a noun;…Read More