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Integrative Center for Wellness • Dr. Samoon Ahmad

The Psychology of Extremism

by Samoon Ahmad • November 2, 2020

As seen in Psychology Today. Few would disagree that preventing extremism is a laudable goal, but even discussing extremism and radicalization may seem problematic within the field of psychiatry. Psychiatry’s legitimacy is largely based on its impartiality and independence from power structures associated with political regimes and religious organizations. Without this independence, there is clear […]


Your Brain and PTSD: Biomarkers and high-stress states

by Samoon Ahmad • August 27, 2020

This article was also published on KevinMD and Psychology Today. If you’re reading this, you’re probably stressed. Whether it’s related to work, household chores, parenting, school, politics, or, yes, COVID, stress is a normal part of life. Because stress is a normal part of life, our bodies have adapted to react to stress through a series of neurophysiological […]


PTSD and Substance Abuse

The Other Second Wave: COVID-related stressors and increasing instances of substance abuse

by Samoon Ahmad • August 10, 2020

This article was also published on KevinMD and Psychology Today. Throughout 2020, the United States has been playing catch-up against the coronavirus. As several well-researched articles have noted, lack of appropriate and timely response has been at the forefront and can be attributed to numerous factors including the highly contagious nature of the virus and […]