Gut biome

Targeting the Gut in the Treatment of Mental Illness

by Samoon Ahmad • August 12, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. Featured image from Science Photo Library/Pixels (used with permission). There has been a surge in interest in the role that gut dysbiosis plays in psychiatric and neurocognitive disorders. Even just a decade ago, the brain was believed to be a highly privileged organ that was largely shut off from the […]

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 […]