The Stress of a Pandemic

The Stress of a Pandemic

Fear and anxiety about a new disease and its repercussions can cause overwhelming emotional responses to the people affected.  In the case of CoVID-19, we are ALL affected. Our way of life, our freedom, our daily functions, really it’s been everything.  Social distancing and other public health actions are necessary to reduce the spread of… Continue reading The Stress of a Pandemic

Increasing Depression in the setting of COVID-19

Increasing Depression in the setting of COVID-19

Coronavirus disease 2019, also known as COVID-19, is a viral disease that originated in China. Symptoms include fever, shortness of breath, body aches, and cough. The USA has passed 5600 deaths and has over 236,000 cases1, with the USA having the most reported cases in the world. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading US infectious disease expert, has predicted the coronavirus can kill as many as 200,000 Americans.2

The Sad Truth about Antidepressants

The Sad Truth about Antidepressants

We see a lot of patients with chronic disease in clinic. Most of our patients have depression as well, that they attribute to their chronic disease. We are not psychiatrists, and don’t manage antidepressants, but we do have to be aware of side effects and potentially dangerous drug interactions with medications we may prescribe or… Continue reading The Sad Truth about Antidepressants

Ketamine for Mood Disorders

Mood Disorders Depression

There has been a lot in the news regarding Ketamine and its use and potential benefits in a variety of mood disorders,- including major depressive disorders. This includes a 2017 article in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggesting Ketamine may be effective in treating suicidality, and subsequently hundreds of articles both in the lay press and medical press have emerged.

Not Just the Blues: The Truth About PTSD and Depression

Not Just the Blues: The Truth About PTSD and Depression

Your partner or friend has said they’re worried about you. Maybe you can’t stop reliving the traffic accident you were in a few months back. You’re struggling with mood swings and low self-esteem. Or you’re avoiding social situations, and spending more time on your own – concentrating solely on work, and spending all your free time watching Netflix. Does this sound familiar?

Ketamine and Other Viable Treatment Strategies for Depression

Ketamine and Other Viable Treatment Strategies for Depression

Depression, or Major Depressive disorder (MDD), is a common mental health disorder in the USA. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 7.1% of all US adults, or 17.3 million people, had an episode of depression in 2017. The prevalence of depression was higher among females and highest in individuals between 18-25 years old.