Suicide Prevention Must Expand Beyond Crisis Intervention

by Samoon Ahmad • October 19, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. We’re past the point of using metaphors like alarms and wake up calls. They have been going off for years, and the provisional figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on suicide in 2022 once again convey a grim increase in deaths that has been the general […]

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 […]

Why Depression Treatments Sometimes Fail: Major depressive disorder remains a diagnostic chameleon.

by Samoon Ahmad • March 28, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. A bombshell went off in psychiatry last year when Moncrieff and colleagues’ systematic review in Molecular Psychiatry concluded, “We suggest it is time to acknowledge that the serotonin theory of depression is not empirically substantiated.” Their review revealed that there is a lack of good science to support the notion […]