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By Dr Farid Sabet

"No sex please, I'm on antidepressants!"

"No sex please, I'm on antidepressants!"

Many people erroneously believe that being treated for depression means sacrificing a normal sex life. It is true that some antidepressants could impair libido and orgasmic phase of sexual activity. There are ways however to manage this side effect. Some points to consider to address this problem:

Staying on the lowest effective dose of antidepressants especially the more serotoninergic ones.
-Augmenting the therapy with the addition of an agent that boosts dopamine levels 
-Considering mini drug holidays for a day or two per week 
-Switching to...

How can Integrative Holistic Medicine help me?

When a physician claims a holistic/ integrative approach to medical care, she usually faces either admiration or incredulity and disgust. I can attest to that from personal experience and my additional training by the integrative/holistic board.

The polarizing response is understandable. On one hand we have science deniers who look at all the life saving advances of evidence based/scientific medicine with suspicion, and use buzz words such as “holistic” as a way of discounting sound science. At the other extreme are the hard core positivists who regard any integration...

How can Integrative Holistic Medicine help me?
How can Integrative Holistic M...
11 months ago

When a physician claims a holistic/ integrative approach to medical care, she usually faces either admiration or incredulity and disgust. I can attest to that from personal experience and my additi...

How do I know if I have ADHD?
11 months ago

One of the more challenging aspects of my my work as a psychiatrist is when patients with good intentions come in to the office with a self-diagnosis of ADHD.  They are completely convinced af...

The Reluctant Psychiatrist
1 year ago

When I was a resident physician in training, I remember my excitement in mastering the principles of psychopharmacology. I was so eager to diagnose patients" problems and apply the right treat...

Ketamine as an Antidepressant
1 year ago

The FDA's approval of esketamine (which is a derivative of the anesthetic drug ketamine) for treatment of depression has been hailed as a ‘game changer’ in the treatment of major de...

With ADHD therapy, one size do...
1 year ago

I saw the young man for the first time last month. He could not sit still for more than a few seconds and was constantly fidgeting. His life was a classic example of setbacks and unfulfilled dreams...

Diagnosed with ADHD? Don't for...
1 year ago

ADHD-affected individuals often have trouble reading for long periods. Many report trouble concentrating, experience headaches, sleepiness, and restlessness while attempting to read. The problem is...

Why I switched my specialty field from Radiation Oncology to Psychiatry and am happy about it!

08/05/2018 Yes, you read it correctly. I had rationally noted my interest in physics and medicine as I searched for residencies and reached the conclusion that Radiation Oncology was the field for me. The field has remained one of the most competitive, lucrative, and supportive of a humane life style in Medicine. Its popularity has continued to grow exponentially among medical students, and I still believe it is an excellent field. My purpose here is not to bash my former choice of medical specialty.

The problem was that I realized in the middle of my internship year that although rationally the choice made sense , my heart was not in it. I was expecting something different from my role as a Physician. My heartfelt choice of specialty is to this day is not a popular choice with medical students, is not considered prestigious, and is frequently confused with a non-medical field. Believe it or not, I chose to complete my residency in Psychiatry! Despite the myriad challenges faced by the field, I have not regretted my choice twenty five years ago!

I have been privileged to care for thousands of patients and families, and to walk the path of the healer I wanted to be. Psychiatry has allowed me to look at the totality of my patients, to feel comfortable with ambivalence and competing theories, and ultimately to do what is best for my patients. It has been rewarding in every way and has allowed me to enrich myself intellectually and to expand my horizons of knowledge. Psychiatrists are in high demand, and the Physician can also function as an administrator in many areas of health care and society. If you are deciding on a specialty and Psychiatry has not crossed your mind, I advise you to consider it. You will be challenged and rewarded unlike any other field!

Dr. Farid Sabet

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