What Medications Do and What They Don’t

This is a big question for patients. It speaks to individual and societal expectations that we collectively heap onto medications. We see advertisements with happier faces after taking a specific drug, that we should “Talk to your doctor about.” We know of people who are taking antianxiety and antidepressant medications for mental health symptoms ranging…

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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…

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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 in the office? I suspect…