“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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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:
Successful weight loss involves diet, exercise, and behavioral intervention. Many people focus on just one—maybe even two—of these areas while on their weight loss journey. But the three combined best work in tandem as a comprehensive, holistic approach to weight management, and more importantly, improved health and energy.
Here, we take a look at how each of these factors interact […]
Swimsuit season is nearly here, which means it’s time to try out that latest diet, right?
Not so fast.
There’s more to weight loss than simply picking an intense diet or exercise regimen. The allure of getting a “beach body” in time for summer is a short-minded goal that undermines the true benefits of healthy weight management. Opt for long-lasting healthy […]
Dr. Samoon Ahmad, a practicing psychopharmacologist and psychiatrist at the Integrative Center for Wellness, discusses the short- & long-term effects of Xanax on the brain in a featured Business Insider video.
“I know plenty of people who say they have anxiety and take Xanax—look how calm it makes them. It’s so relaxing, it’s like getting a nice high! I’m sure […]
Dr. Samoon Ahmad of the Integrative Center for Wellness was recently featured in a Business Insider interview highlighting the effects of Adderall abuse on the brain and body.
Adderall, the drug commonly used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy, has another less-than-ideal use — recreation. Adderall abuse is a growing problem, especially among young adults and college-age […]