a young person trying to figure out depression and addiction

Depression and Addiction

It’s natural to wonder if depression and addiction are connected. Frequently, when one condition is present, the other follows. However, it’s not very useful to expend energy attempting to figure out which came first or which condition caused the other. The key when dealing with depression and addiction to treat both conditions simultaneously, so the…


Harm Reduction Techniques for the Spectrum of Alcohol Use Disorders

Fri Oct 16th 1:00pm – 4:30pm Substance-UseAlcohol-ModerationMental-Health Smith College of Social Work – Virutal  T Cyndi Turner and Craig James will offer a half day Smith College of Social Work Professional Education Course on October 16, 2020. This presentation will review the findings of the major research studies on alcohol use disorders, describe assessment techniques, predict…

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Ways to Manage Anxiety

It can be quite a challenge for individuals who struggle with anxiety disorders to learn how best to manage anxiety. Fortunately, anxiety is one of the most treatable mood disorders people face. Millions of Americans every year seek anxiety treatment for issues ranging from generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorders,…


The Fallacy of the Quick Fix for Psychiatric Medication and Crisis Management

The fallacy of the Quick Fix for Psychiatric Medication and Crisis Management The above title may have you agreeing that there is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to psychiatric medication for psychiatric disorders such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. Yet, for all the education and advice that is doled…

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Problems with Piecemeal Prescribing

Problems with Piecemeal Prescribing   Sumit Anand, MD As a practicing psychiatrist, I see many patients. Many have psychiatric symptoms such as anxiety, insomnia, depressed mood, low energy, and irritability. My first task is to address the symptoms that trouble my patient the most in the safest, most practical way possible. Unfortunately, many are increasingly…