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Perimenopause: Who, What, When, WHY??

Many women will tell you that they reach their mid 40s and “things don’t feel right”.  Most of my patients will come to me and report feeling irritable, having low energy, noticing foggy thoughts, and having disrupted sleep.  These symptoms can be described as “coming and going”.  My patient will say “I feel fine some [...]

By |2023-02-14T17:35:37-05:00February 14th, 2023|Mental Health|Comments Off on Perimenopause: Who, What, When, WHY??

Student’s Corner: Acceptance & Football

Trigger Warning: suicide “Dum Spiro Spero” As a born and raised Southerner, college football was ingrained in me from a young age. War Eagle! This past week, I was studying for psychiatric nurse practitioner finals, a source of stress for anyone. On my study breaks, I was constantly watching google for the announcement of Auburn’s [...]

By |2022-12-14T13:27:36-05:00December 14th, 2022|Mental Health, Student's Corner|Comments Off on Student’s Corner: Acceptance & Football

Ketamine Now Accepted as Depression Treatment

Student Submission by: Nicholas Ward Ketamine is an anesthetic that can cause dissociation. It has been sold many years as a street drug to allow users to dissociate for several hours at a time, causing feelings of euphoria or spiritual awakening due to its dissociative properties. Spravato (eskatamine), which is a nasal-spray form of ketamine, [...]

By |2022-08-17T11:09:00-04:00August 17th, 2022|Depression|Comments Off on Ketamine Now Accepted as Depression Treatment

New Year Updates at IAP

For many of you, the holidays and new year have been rough due to the spread of Omicron.  Despite these low circumstances, this is a time to plan and reflect on the upcoming year and what it has to offer.  I have been doing just that.  I have wanted to expand my psychiatric services to [...]

By |2022-01-14T09:27:04-05:00January 14th, 2022|News|Comments Off on New Year Updates at IAP

Probiotics and Mental Health

Probiotics has become a buzz word.  It seems like we are inundated with the importance of adding probiotics to our daily lives.  Many of us have done this or tried to do this (maybe not consistently) and felt the same as we did before, so what is the big deal with probiotics?  Well, I highly [...]

By |2021-10-11T14:39:50-04:00October 11th, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Probiotics and Mental Health

Integrative Psychiatry: An Approach to Treatment

I apologize for my absence from blogging for the past several months.  This was not my intention.  However, I have a great excuse.  I just completed my year long integrative psychiatry fellowship with Dr. James Greenblatt.  The fellowship was insightful beyond words.  It opened my eyes as a psychiatric provider that has been practicing since [...]

By |2021-09-01T16:25:20-04:00September 1st, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Integrative Psychiatry: An Approach to Treatment

Sobriety in the New Year

January has unique properties in comparison to the other months of the year. It promises a fresh start, an opportunity to make change and grow. Many of us will be called to write resolutions. A popular resolution among many is sobriety, from alcohol especially. Drinking has become an extremely social activity, which leads to potentially [...]

By |2021-01-26T09:47:43-05:00January 26th, 2021|Mental Health|Comments Off on Sobriety in the New Year

High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Anxiety

Anxiety is a mood disorder that affects 18.1% of Americans each year according to ADAA. Though the holidays are an extremely hectic time that can cause elevated stress, what about the almost ¼ of Americans that suffer year long? As prevalent as anxiety is, there are many individuals that go undiagnosed and untreated due to [...]

By |2020-12-08T11:24:12-05:00December 8th, 2020|Mental Health|Comments Off on High Functioning vs. Low Functioning Anxiety

Gratefulness During COVID-19

The month of November ushers in the holiday season- usually a time of intense productivity and togetherness. These things bring stressors and COVID-19 adds layers of emotion to this already stressful period. We are all dealing with some sort of loss as we wrap up the year and it is fitting that the holidays are [...]

By |2020-11-03T17:10:07-05:00November 3rd, 2020|COVID-19, Depression, Mental Health|Comments Off on Gratefulness During COVID-19

Mood Cycles

As we approach the fall and winter seasons, some people will experience mood changes. Seasonal change can trigger depression, anxiety, and irritability for some individuals. In the fall, the days are shorter and darker, which can lead to mood shifts. As the weather gets colder, we tend to hibernate and be less active. This can [...]

By |2020-10-08T15:37:04-04:00October 8th, 2020|COVID-19, Mental Health|Comments Off on Mood Cycles
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