Farid Sabet MD
Cleveland Psychiatrist
8401 Chagrin Road, Suite #15A
Chagrin Falls, OH, 44023

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With ADHD therapy, one size doesn't fit all!

By Farid Sabet M.D.

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. His self esteem was poor and he frequently referred to himself as stupid and lazy. What I observed suggested another story. Although he was intelligent and insightful, his attention was poor and he appeared remarkably distractable. He was overwhelmingly guilty and was fearful of losing his job.

Jun
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Making sense of the world and the struggle to stay hopeful

By Farid Sabet M.D.

I am frequently asked about my personal compass that keeps me motivated to go on and to stay hopeful. Many of my more sensitive patients, friends, and colleagues feel paralyzed by all the bad news in the world. The stories of wars, economic hardships, injustice towards the vulnerable, racism, child abuse, animal cruelty and the many other ills of our current world can lead to a sense of desperation and emotional numbness. The suicide rate, especially among our service men and women, is at all time high. Some want to distract themselves from all this bad news by rationalizations or diversions of all kinds. I approach the clinical aspects of my patients in the office from a both a medical and a psychological perspective. Yet from a broader view, our world is thirsty for a fresh global perspective. The metaphor that guides me in understanding these macro trends and applying them to my micro life comes from the writings of the 19th century Luminary, Baha'u'llah.

Jun
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A holistic view on weight management

By Farid Sabet M.D.

No other health issue attracts more publicity, controversy, and commercial interest than obesity and weight-related matters in our culture. We are bombarded by commercials, medical treatments and quick solutions to the growing problem of obesity. There appears to be a conspiracy to perpetuate the problem. The food promotion industry, with its emphasis on high fat, sugar, salt, and calorie diets, seems to be growing in parallel to the weight loss industry. Meanwhile, the medical establishment only fuels the problem by looking for high-tech solutions and almost ignoring more common sense approaches. The angle I see as most effective is an addiction model...

Jun
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Best test for adult ADHD

By Farid Sabet M.D.

There is a whole industry of psychometrics claiming ever more reliable ways of diagnosing adult ADHD. Moreover, the "irrational exuberance" over brain imaging has given rise to claims of biological and anatomical markers for subtypes of ADHD and related conditions. Fears of malingerers taking advantage of the benefits due to ADHD sufferers also has led to false reliance on these tests and claims.

Jun
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Expiration date ... for religions?!

By Farid Sabet M.D.

We are warned about the dangers of taking medicines that are outdated and no longer effective. Some are downright dangerous for conditions they were originally designed for to treat. If the religions of the world are medicines to the ills of humanity, could it be that beyond a certain point they too cause the opposite effect of what they were originally meant to heal?

Jun
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Adult ADHD in modern society: A caged tiger?

By Farid Sabet M.D.

nthropologists tell us some of our common ancestors migrated out of Africa about 100,000 years ago. This migration never stopped, giving rise to the diversity of the human family we see today. Who were these early risk-takers and what characteristics did they have? Were they restless and intuitive? Were they outcasts that the mainstream culture did not tolerate? Were they considered inattentive and bored within the confines of the dominant homeland?

Jun
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The Golden Rule: Is it enough for a successful relationship?

By Farid Sabet M.D.

Those of you who have been in my office know that I am a fan of the Golden Rule. The main theme of the rule, of course, is to treat others the way one wants to be treated. I have copies of a poster in my office that has versions of this fundamental principle of human behavior repeated in various forms from wisdom literature of the world.This Rule, however, should be considered a minimum standard in human relations and not an end in itself. The more intimate the relationships are, the more inadequate

Jun
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Spiritual pathology: A medical perspective

By Farid Sabet M.D.

The study of medicine is largely the study of disease state. Disease, from one perspective, is a lack of balance causing the disurbance of homeostasis. The field of behavioral medicine extends into a more complex model of the interaction between the nervous system, psychological, and social parameters. Our current model ignores the spiritual or existential dimension. The reasons are many and include a materialistic bias in our current scientific models, reducing every phenomenon to its material dimension. The fear of appearing superstitions or 'flaky' has thus prevented medical/behavioral researchers from delving into many subjects. In this erroneous worldview, an attribute such as "kindness" is reduced to a phenomenon that could only be viewed from an evolutionary biology or brain survival perspective. The consequences are hazardous and...

Jun
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Addictions on the rise

By Farid Sabet M.D.

Although a comprehensive definition remains elusive, one can easily recognize addiction when confronted with its devastating consequences. The hallmark of addictions, in my clinical experience, is the loss of control and a relative inability to make meaningful choices. It also connotes being unequipped to confront the existential pain of living. A self-defeating loop of a behavior then develops that promises quick rewards, but never delivers lasting serenity. The crisis of our times, which is the lack of cohesive meaning and purpose, seems to be the perfect breeding ground for addictive behaviors of all kinds.

Jun
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Antipsychiatry rants: Benign sport or deleterious conspiracy theory?!

By Farid Sabet M.D.

I was baffled by how rapidly she had deteriorated! She seemed to be hiding something. As she felt more comfortable in the session, she divulged that three weeks ago she had watched a video posted on Facebook. The clip proclaimed the entire field of Psychiatry to be a hoax based on pseudoscience, attempting to control people with drugs and curtailing their freedoms. She attempted to engage in online discussion, but was so vehemently attacked for her views that she began to doubt herself. She stopped her medications, leading to her current state of deterioration. I suggested....

Jun
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