Physician Resources

Case conferences and supervision of complex, treatment resistant patients; management of side effects and reducing polypharmacy. If you are looking for new ways of approaching your practice, read on.

Dr. Robert Hedaya Speaks About Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine Approaches to Depression

Physician Testimonials

Paul Choi, M.D.

“Dr. Hedaya has such a personable easy-going teaching style, while at the same time is erudite and expert in his field. He is easy to listen to—I love his personality and demeanor. He has the ability to communicate complex subject matter in an understandable manner.”

Paul Choi, M.D.

Julia Lundsford, M.D.

“I appreciate the practical nuts and bolts approach Dr. Hedaya uses. He spells out his protocol clearly. What he’s teaching is incredibly valuable. I really enjoyed the first teleconference and just want to express my gratitude to Dr. Hedaya and the others involved in making this opportunity possible.”

Julia Lundsford, M.D.

David Leavitt, M.D., A.B.I.H.M.

“This course, it has been extremely helpful and a rare opportunity for learning.”

David Leavitt, M.D., A.B.I.H.M.

Ellen Berkowitz, M.D.

“This was a really helpful way to get a better picture of the HPA Axis and depression.”

Ellen Berkowitz, M.D.

Kathleen Fiend, M.D.

“Learning how to test the HPA Axis opens the door to a new level of evaluation for my patients. It certainly expands my treatment options. It gives me a way to show people that they need to do something about their stress—I can show them something concrete.”

Kathleen Fiend, M.D.

Margaret Chapman, R.N.

“Dr. Hedaya offers a great deal in terms of support. He provided a comprehensive bibliography, which gives practitioners the opportunity to learn a great deal about the subject area. His confidence is really helpful. He is facile with the science and the clinical application thereof.”

Margaret Chapman, R.N.

Victoria Nee, M.D.

“I found the course extremely helpful. It’s helping me to use a tool I’ve been wanting to learn about for some time. I’ll be using it for years to come.”

Victoria Nee, M.D.

Suzanne Stewart, M.D.

“Dr. Hedaya’s course was very worthwhile. I’d like to take it again. If you’re interested in functional medicine this information is valuable. If Dr. Hedaya is teaching more courses, I’m signing up.”

Suzanne Stewart, M.D.

Gillian Karatis, M.D.

“I hate to see Dr. Hedaya’s [HPA Axis] course end!”

Gillian Karatis, M.D.

Case Studies

Bipolar Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder A Clinical Illustration: “Bill”

Bill is a 27-year-old physicist with bipolar SAD, type A. He agreed to take lithium, which eliminated his springtime hypomania, but only partially alleviated his winter depression. Light therapy was added with good results. After three years, Bill married, and two years later he and his wife decided to move to a farm, which is at the same latitude, essentially, as his home of origin (the frequency of SAD goes down as one moves…

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Depression and Marital Problems A Clinical Illustration – “Jenny”

The Importance of Context and the Limits of Medication Every health care provider has had experiences that were so powerful that they have forever transformed his or her thinking and approach to patients. The following was such a case. It demonstrated a number of things to me, including the importance of context, the limitations of medication, and the failure of psychiatrists – myself included – to educate their nonmedically trained therapist colleagues in the…

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Journey from Postpartum Depression and Panic Disorder to Wellness

High Functioning Businesswoman When Janine first came to see me she was 35 years old, and had just delivered her third child. As a former businesswoman, her transition to full time mom had been very rocky. One of the first things she said to me was, “I was high functioning until 3 years ago.” I was glad she told me this, for it gave me a baseline sense of who Janine was as a person…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Treated without Medication – John

Severe OCD since 4th Grade John was a very bright young fellow who was heading off to an Ivy League university in the fall. He was suffering from very severe OCD since 4th grade. He had tried Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, however it didn’t help. He refused exposure and response prevention therapy. Eventually, his OCD became so severe that he refused to extend his elbow because of his belief that such an action would cause…

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Medication Burn Out Assumed – Brody

19 Year Old with Depression and Panic Attacks Brody had a recurrence of panic disorder after 20 symptom-free years. Brody was a funny really warm-hearted young man. When I first met him, 29 years ago, he was 19. He was sent to me after he had been hospitalized for depression and panic attacks. He was given Nardil in the hospital and I then treated him with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and group therapy. Stabilized…

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Early Recognition that Panic Disorder Can Be Treated without Medication – Joanne

1985 after being in practice for just a couple of years, a patient I will call Joanne, came to me for treatment of a panic disorder. I figured it was a pretty straightforward case that the literature, my experience, and my training indicated should respond to therapy or medication. Joanne was a 50-year-old woman in a bad marriage and her youngest daughter was going off to college. I assumed that Joanne was having panic…

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder A Clinical Illustration – Mark

Top Student Sidetracked by OCD Despite being handsome, tall, personable, and a top student at Yale, Mark was silently struggling with an intense need to count to 100 every time he had a “bad thought”. This he told himself, reduced the thoughts from taking over. What’s more, he had difficulty socializing with his friends, without unobtrusively washing his hands for fear of contamination. And the back of his head had a patchy baldness—the result…

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