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Why do antidepressants?

One reason they fail has to do with about the role of some specific ingredients necessary for neuronal function. The first ingredient is L-tryptophan.  A person who is taking an antidepressant medication has to have a healthy balanced diet. Key issue: He or she has to get enough protein in their diet.  Most depressed people eat too many carbohydrates.  If you are one of them, keep a diet log for 5 days. You are likely to see that you crave carbs, sweets, chocolate, and salt. And!  That you eat the foods you crave. Solution: You need to get more protein
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Is This Really Bipolar Disorder?

Is This Really Bipolar Disorder? 18-year-old female freshman in 2012 who presents with rapid cycling bipolar type 1, suicidal at times, insomnia, exhaustion, insomnia, memory issues, tremor, PMS. Atypical presentation: visual and auditory hallucinations/illusions, depersonalization, synthesia; responds well to benzos. Medication failure: Lithium, Lamictal, Seroquel, Xanax, BCP. Chronic sinusitis, ETOH seizures-TLE-like, cataplexy/REM Latency. Diet: High glycemic index. After treatment: 13 months free of any symptoms of bipolar disorder Graduates college without incident. Bipolar disorder triggered by immune dysregulation compromised by hormonal and nutritional factors. 2016 Mold in dorm and Lyme disease = her genetics indicate any immune system insult ➡️C1q
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Categories: Articles & White Papers, Case Studies, Health Matters Blog, and The Center for Whole Psychiatry + Brain Recovery in the News.

Precision Medicine applied to Psychiatry

Samantha, a 14-year old girl, was brought to my office by her mother. When I first saw her, she was withdrawn, barely made eye contact, and had her headphones in even as she was answering my questions. She was depressed, had been diagnosed with ADD, and an anxiety disorder, but her mother did not want to put her on medication, so she sought my help. Importantly, Samantha was having episodes of crying, rage and extreme irritability seemingly randomly, and they could occur anywhere and anytime. Feeling terrible remorse, and extreme embarrassment, her self-esteem, and social life suffered greatly. A careful
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Categories: Case Studies and Health Matters Blog.

Toxic Dormitories & Mold

While a college education is a necessary educational step for most people, colleges and universities are under increasing scrutiny due to their high cost and poor performance on a variety of measures. One area not discussed, but of fundamental importance is the dormitory itself. As a psychiatrist and functional medicine physician, I have seen many college students who are underperforming academically, and depressed or anxious. The underlying causes range from social pressures and isolation to drug and alcohol use and poor food. One cause, which has not been discussed, is toxic mold in dormitories. Janet was a 19-year old athletic
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Categories: Health Matters Blog and Mold.

Dr. Robert Hedaya Explains How to Use Genetic Testing Medically

At The Whole Psychiatry & Brain Recovery Center, genetic testing is used as part of an entire whole person workup. Genetic test results are assessed vis a vis personal history, physical exam and other lab data. This provides the most personalized form of Personalized Medicine. Patients come from across the country to avail themselves of Dr. Hedaya’s leading edge approach to brain health. Dr. Hedaya’s mantra: “Yes, you can have a better brain.”
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The Dissolution of Gender

It is nothing short of astounding that after millions of years of human history, the fundamental facts of human gender are becoming blurry. There are many reasons for this, but one, which I have not seen discussed, as likely a cause, is the influence of endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDC’s). EDC’s are new-to-nature substances (chemicals) which are used in medicines, as pesticides, herbicides, plastics, and various industries. Rachel Carson, in her seminal book, “Silent Spring”, was the first scientist (others are Theo Colborn and David Skelly) to warn that chemicals (from estrogens in our water supply and other new-to-nature molecules) have
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Whole Psychiatry: Healthy Mind, Healthy Body

Dr. Robert Hedaya’s concept of Whole Psychiatry looks at both traditional psychiatry and functional medicine to get a complete view of a patient’s psychological and physical health. This armchair discussion with Dr. Hedaya and Rabbi Shais Taub, a leading authority on Jewish mysticism, will compare and contrast the medical and mystical viewpoints. These vital insights will shed light on the relationship between the body and mind and how to bring healing to both.
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Categories: Health Matters Blog, Interviews with Dr. Hedaya, and Miscellaneous.

General Anesthesia May Unmask Hidden Cognitive Decline

A new study links surgery and cognitive decline. A very well-executed study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (2018; 62(1):319-333. doi:10.3233/JAD-170496) has shown that certain individuals demonstrate a significant decline in their mental abilities following surgery requiring general anesthesia, in this case, for total knee arthroplasty (knee replacement surgery). Post-Surgery Cognitive Decline Those most at risk for a post-surgical decline in cognitive abilities showed: a) Slow processing speed (thinking and reaction speed), b) Reduced working memory (short-term memory), for example, the ability to hold information in one’s mind and manipulate it. This skill is used in such things as
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Categories: Cognitive Decline / Alzheimers and Health Matters Blog.

Can Treatment Resistant Depression Be Successfully Treated?

Treating underlying causes of depression has positive side effects. As a clinical psychopharmacologist and the pioneer in the application of functional medicine to neuropsychiatric disorders, I have decades of experience successfully treating treatment-resistant depression. If you or a loved one suffers from depression that doesn’t seem to get better no matter what medication you take or psychotherapy you receive, read this article. Mainstream Approaches The prevailing attitude in mainstream psychiatry is that between one-half to two-thirds of people with depression do not have a full recovery from their depression, despite the use of psychotherapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy and interpersonal
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Why Not All Mental Health Problems Are Psychological

Minding the Body Means More Than Just Taking a Pill Even though we recognize that physiological processes hugely influence cognition, emotion, and behavior, too many therapists still tend to practice as if treatment should focus entirely on the mind, says functional medicine psychiatrist Robert Hedaya. There’s a need to analyze the body as well as practice traditional psychotherapy, he says. “Learn to keep your ears open to nutritional, bodily, or energy complaints,” he explains. “Therapists can do a tremendous amount if they just expand their thinking.” In the following interview with Networker Editor Rich Simon, Hedaya explains how therapists can
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Categories: Health Matters Blog and Interviews with Dr. Hedaya.