NBA Joins Effort To De-stigmatize Mental Illness

With the NBA Conference Semifinals under way, the attention of just about every basketball fan in the world is squarely focused on the events taking place on the court. The NBA, however, also has its focus on another ball. The organization is joining forces with the players’ union to launch a program that addresses the mental wellness of players. […]

Stuttering: More Treatment Options Than Ever Before

Stuttering is a speech disorder characterized by the involuntary disruption of verbal fluency. It is relatively common, with as many as 55 million people worldwide being affected by the disorder. Severe cases of stuttering can be virtually debilitating. Those who stutter can find themselves avoiding social situations or not progressing in academic or professional careers, with detrimental socioeconomic implications […]

Stuttering is Rarely a Stand Alone Affliction

Though stuttering may seem to be an issue that is entirely physical, new studies have found that the affliction has multiple components. While this may seem like a surprise, some of the most promising new research into stuttering has found that it is far more neurological in nature than previously thought. In fact, these studies have found that the […]

Managing and Thriving with a Stutter

Stuttering can be an embarrassing and debilitating problem. It can be especially difficult for children who may opt to withdraw from social situations to avoid being mocked by classmates. It can also be difficult for adults who would prefer to avoid feelings of shame, self-consciousness and awkwardness with peers.
What may surprise you is that some of Hollywood’s biggest names […]

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    Can a Heart Test Help Tell the Difference between BiPolar Disorder and Depression?

Can a Heart Test Help Tell the Difference between BiPolar Disorder and Depression?

“While this is an important finding that merits further research, I would caution clinical application and oversimplifying diagnosis. Overall, this data does not validate cause and effect; there are numerous other variables to consider in determining diagnosis; and medicines to treat these conditions also affect heart rate. Patients and clinicians should not assume that an EKG alone will lead […]

Light Therapy for Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Ahmad responds to WedMD’s recent article on light therapy being used to treat bipolar disorder:

“Needless to say, since light therapy has been effective in treating seasonal effective disorder, it sheds a ray of hope in those with bipolar depression who are taking medicines yet continue to have mild to moderate symptoms. As the authors noted limitations do include an […]

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    Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

Benoit Denizet-Lewis’s article “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” in The New York Times Magazine addresses many timely issues I agree with including that anxiety levels and expectations of parents also have a lot to do with adolescent anxiety levels, and their overwhelming feelings of failure, fear and danger.  Nuclear family dynamics are splintering […]

Fact Vs. Fiction: 6 Major Myths About Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety Disorder is a very challenging illnesses to diagnose and treat. While it is normal for a person to experience occasional anxiety during any given day, it is not normal for anxiety to chronically interfere with one’s day-to-day ability to function. Unfortunately, the complexity around anxiety has led to a plethora of misinformation on this illness.

Myth #1:  Anxiety is the […]

The Effect of Marijuana on Your Dreams

When you think of the effects of marijuana, you might think of the movies: stoner montages and teen party sequences. You might be a regular or occasional user, or have experimented with the substance at some point in your life. But one thing you probably don’t consider when you think of marijuana is how it affects your dreams.

In fact, […]

Is Negative Thinking Sabotaging Your Diet?

It couldn’t be a more perfect day for a summer picnic. The sun is out, family is gathered in the park, and the picnic table is lined with blueberry pie, lemon dessert, cookies, and more. The spread of desserts is incredibly enticing, but as you eye up the goodies, it hits you: What about my diet?

Is your mental dialogue:

A) […]