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Dr. Hedaya’s consultation process is thorough-going and lengthy. It is through this focused time-intensive process that Dr. Hedaya finds the answers to patients’ complex medical problems. He wants to know you well — your medical history, your psychology and your dreams for your future. Let’s Talk: Call Before Scheduling an Initial Consultation Before a consultation is scheduled, Dr. Hedaya will set up a time to speak with you by phone to review your situation and see if the Whole Psychiatry approach is a good fit. Patients who are committed to their treatment, able to be disciplined in carrying out the
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Our office is conveniently located in Rockville, MD with ample on street and garage parking. We are near a Whole Foods market, several eateries, and hotels. Dr. Hedaya’s consultation process is thorough-going and lengthy.  It is through this focused time-intensive process that Dr. Hedaya finds the answers to patients’ complex medical problems.  He wants to know you well — your medical history, your psychology and your dreams for your future. Call Before the Initial Consultation Before a consultation is scheduled, Dr. Hedaya will set up a time to speak with you by phone to review your situation and see if
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Control, Helplessness, Spirituality

I want to briefly address control, helplessness and spirituality. Depression is thought of as a state of ‘Learned Helplessness’ (Martin Seligman).  Generally speaking, we strive to have control over the things that we deem are essential to our self-esteem: power, achievement, money etc. When we perceive that we have lost hope of controlling these things—i.e., we are helpless in controlling them, most of us slide towards depression. The issue, which is not often addressed by professionals, is the fact that there is an embedded assumption here.  It is an assumption fostered by our culture and the psychological field.  The hidden
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Hope & Healing

Dr. Hedaya was recently interviewed by the Integrative Medicine Clinician’s Journal. He was asked about the role of hope in the healing process.  This is his response: “Hope is critical in all healing. A book written by Jerome Frank Persuasion and Healing, deals with this topic very effectively. Hopelessness is one of the cardinal features of depression (as is helplessness). Hope and depression are inversely correlated. Hope assists healing and can in and of itself cause healing, but there are many situations (e.g., pernicious anemia leading to panic and depression) which cannot be treated with hope. They require some detective
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Top 5 Things to Know about Teenage Depression

Depression is a syndrome, not a disease. While we in the western world are trained to think of depression as a disease, in fact, it is just a collection of signs and symptoms whose causes vary widely.  Just like all pneumonia is not caused by one thing (i.e., pneumonia may be due to HIV, tuberculosis, fungi, or bacteria; all are treated quite differently.) so all depression is not ‘one thing’.  Therefore, it is important to look ‘under the hood’ of your child’s depression, so that you can uncover root causes and personalize the treatments accordingly. Depression is a NOT a
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Health Perils of Sitting for Extended Periods

What we do all day with our bodies has consequences. Many of us sit during our working hours and leisure time and that directly affects our body chemistry. The New York Times article, Taking a Stand for Office Ergonomics, details some of the changes: “scientists have determined that after an hour or more of sittin, the production of enzymes that burn fat in the body declines as much as 90 percent. Extended sitting, they add, slows the body’s metabolism of glucose and lowers the level of good (HDL) cholesterol in the blood. Those are risk factors toward developing heart disease
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