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June 17, 2020

Beware of Dr. Google

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…
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April 27, 2020

We are the collective creator …. Healthy Covid-19 Habits

We are the collective creator of our own agony. It is time for a re-awakening of consciousness when we recognize the best in ourselves and overcome the worst. ~Lawrence Overmire Americans are increasingly housebound and left to their own devices as the Covid-19 quarantine stretches into months. Measured reactions to…
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FamilyMental Health
April 20, 2020

Life of a Quarantined Teen

If you asked just about anybody, they would probably tell you that a teenager would love being at home, away from school and other responsibilities. That has proved itself not to be the case. Not even a quarter way through this and I am dying to go back to school…
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FamilyMental Health
April 15, 2020

Covid-19: A Middle Schooler’s Experience

Sitting at home with nothing to do would seem like the ideal thing that any student or kid, for that matter, would want. But that’s not necessarily true.  The Coronavirus has spread across the globe with its contagious wrath causing chaos and mass panic. News reports tell us it has…
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MedicationMental HealthRelationshipTrauma
November 13, 2019

Alternative Solutions for Anxiety

Brian looks like he has the perfect life. He has a well-paying job, nice house, great wife, and two amazing kids. But his anxiety was like a dark cloud that threatened to ruin everything. He struggled with anxiety and debilitating panic attacks for years. He often isolated at home and…
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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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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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