Psychiatry and Inflammatory Conditions

by Samoon Ahmad • October 19, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. Diet and gut health are an essential core of mental health. Similarly, the gut-brain axis has progressed from an esoteric concept to a regular feature in articles about mental health in major publications like the New York Times and Washington Post. While there is intense interest in how food affects […]

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 Our Approach to Treatment-Resistant Depression Wrong?

by Samoon Ahmad • July 17, 2023

As seen in Psychology Today. Featured image from Liza Summer (used with permission). According to the most recent edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5-TR), there are nine key symptoms of major depressive disorder (MDD). A diagnosis requires (among other things), either depressed mood or anhedonia/diminished interest and at least five […]