Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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A Psychiatrist’s Notes on Integrative Treatments
Samoon Ahmad M.D.
Treatment of the neurological or psychiatric symptoms associated with ALS and schizophrenia may be futile without a concurrent understanding of gut dysbiosis.
Why are some kinds of information more memorable than others?
New research claims that adverse developmental conditions in one’s early life combined with a lack of protective factors can set the stage for radicalization.
What every clinician should know about marijuana.
Chronic stress, even at low levels, is not merely something that we experience. There are physical correlates to mental stress that include changes in neural circuitry.
The rise in substance use disorders during COVID will become more apparent as the pandemic eventually ebbs.
Dr. Ahmad talks with Dr. Stephen Ross who has conducted extensive research into the effects of psychedelics like psilocybin on addiction and cancer-related existential distress.
A group of researchers has discovered that they can determine if a person is infected with the coronavirus by analyzing signals hidden in their speech.
Some now posit that we are entering into a Fourth Industrial Revolution, which will be characterized by rapid technological developments. Will this radically change society?
COVID-19's death rates in elderly communities will leave behind grief-stricken widow(er)s who may be more susceptible to illness, a phenomenon known as the widowhood effect.
Regular exercise may strengthen individuals’ immune systems, which has become invaluable during the pandemic.
Three of the most burdensome and common conditions affecting people in the US are obesity, diabetes, and depression. Having one increases the probability of having another.
Research into psychedelic drugs has shown that they do hold a great deal of promise, as long as they are administered in a controlled and clinical environment.
It seems extremely likely that there is a strong correlation between a diet lacking in antioxidant-rich foods and symptoms of anxiety.
Forgetting isn’t always a curse. In fact, the pruning of unnecessary memories is an integral part of brain health.
There continues to be confusion about the causes of EVALI and the dangers of using e-cigarettes and similar “vaping” technologies developed within the cannabis industry.
While sleep problems are extremely common, the neurobiological mechanisms behind insomnia are not entirely understood.
Some researchers have offered a potential, neurophysiological explanation for the association between vitamin D and mental health.
Adopting an overall healthier lifestyle is the best way to increase brain health.
Many individuals struggle with low mood and lack of motivation during the late autumn and winter. For some, these symptoms may be indistinguishable from depression.
MDMA is an unconventional treatment for PTSD. However, the underlying theory behind why it is effective at treating the non-dissociative subtype of PTSD appears to be sound.
As September is National Suicide Prevention Month, it seems appropriate to discuss how one can help prevent suicide on campus.
When experiencing a depressive episode, one may begin to view the world through a depressive schema.
While suicide can be linked to severe and persistent mental illnesses (SPMI), it is also associated with personality disorders like borderline.
In patients with schizophrenia, one's circadian rhythms get disrupted, which can lead to difficulties sleeping, suboptimal sleep consolidation, and abnormal sleep architecture.
“Bipolar disorder” is an umbrella term used to describe a cluster of afflictions with similar symptomatology.
Numerous studies have found that sleep quality and diet are interrelated.
There seems to be stronger evidence than ever that lifestyle changes can have a major impact on the progression of dementia.
Meditation, particularly mindful meditation, teaches those who practice it to focus on the present moment, breath by breath.
There is a vast middle ground between having one drink every now and then and alcoholism.
Samoon Ahmad, M.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry, NYU School of Medicine; Unit Chief, Inpatient Psychiatry, Bellevue Hospital Center; and Founder of Integrative Center for Wellness in New York City.