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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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Mental HealthSubstance Use/Process Addiction
September 10, 2019

Celebrating National Recovery Month

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…
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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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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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FamilyMental Health
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…
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Mental Health
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…
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Mental Health
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…
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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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