Is Integrative Psychiatry Going Mainstream?

by Samoon Ahmad • June 20, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. As a practitioner of mental health with an integrative approach to psychiatric treatment for over 25 years, the American Psychiatric Association’s Annual Meeting last week in San Francisco felt a bit like vindication. There is no doubt a growing acknowledgment within psychiatry that psychiatric conditions are not merely psychological or […]

The Road to Better Mental Health Passes Through the Gut

by Samoon Ahmad • June 20, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. Psychiatry has undergone several major evolutions over the last century. We’ve gone from a primarily psychoanalytic approach centered on talk therapies to a more neurobiological approach that pairs psychotherapies with medications capable of targeting specific neurotransmitters in the brain. Both modalities, psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, rose to prominence rapidly and disrupted […]

Air Pollution and Depression: Understanding the mechanisms behind the connection

by Samoon Ahmad • May 4, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. Air pollution is a major problem throughout the world. There is a wide range of pollutants to which people can be exposed. Some chemicals, like those released in chemical spills or industrial fires, cause acute discomfort and illness even in relatively low concentrations. Other pollutants—like carbon monoxide (CO), nitrogen dioxide […]