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ADHD and Me: When will I feel normal?

ADHD and Me: When will I feel normal?

One of the main misunderstandings about ADHD assessment and therapy is that there is a state that one reaches when you feel totally normal , balanced, able to focus, and free of distraction and attention problems. Unfortunately the reality is otherwise, as I often remind my patients. To me, ADHD is not a disease to be fixed but a condition or propensity towards a pattern of brain functioning that needs to be managed. There are aspects of an ADHD brain that are helpful in day-to-day functioning such as intuitiveness, excitement, eagerness, warmth and genuineness. The goal of the...

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 of va...

How can Integrative Holistic Medicine help me?

Criticism of Psychiatry

4 days ago

Psychiatry as a sub specialty of medicine is an easy field to criticize! Despite decades of search,  we still do not know the exact molecular basis of the most psychiatric illnesses. The co...

Society Building and Mental Health

4 days ago

We are all noticing that accomplishing proper mental health is not an individual task. The trends in society and the manipulation of segments of it have a direct correlation to our own individu...

ADHD and Me: When will I feel normal?

4 days ago

One of the main misunderstandings about ADHD assessment and therapy is that there is a state that one reaches when you feel totally normal , balanced, able to focus, and free of distraction and...

Telehealth Medicine for Adult ADHD: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly !

5 days ago

Online only ADHD treatment :Telemedicine has been a wonderful format to offer proper medical care and has become indispensable to our healthcare system since the COVID-19 pa...

Holistic Mental Health Care

3 months ago

There is no universally agreed-upon definition of what a holistic mental healthcare system would l...

ADHD Misunderstandings

3 months ago

Perhaps the biggest misunderstanding about ADHD syndrome in adults is that it is one fixed conditi...

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Is ADHD in Adults considered a Mental Illness?

3 months ago

Over the years I have found it more useful to limit the term mental illness to severe psychiatric...

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Risk of Addiction to ADHD Therapies

3 months ago

As a Cleveland physician who is dedicated most of his professional career to treating addiction di...

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Somatic Awareness Coaching Recommendation

1 year ago

Are you tired of reading self-help books about anxiety management that do not help? Have you been in therapy for years without any sustainable benefits? Are you afraid of dependence on psychiatric...

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ADHD in Marriage and Relationships

1 year ago

By the time we are adults the condition we call ADHD in children morphs into a particular style of living and relating that the term itself does not imply at all. What was formerly a childhood lack...

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5 Steps to Survive Extremes of Political Discourse

1 year ago

Some might wonder why a psychiatrist would dare to comment on the current political climate and the unhealthy dialogue that is going on. The reality is that most people, including the patients that...

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I Think I Have ADHD: Adult Symptom & Diagnosis Guide

1 year ago

Could you have adult ADHD? If you suspect that your lifelong struggles with memory, focus, or friendships may actually trace back to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD or ADD), this sli...

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Turbulent times lead to strong emotions

1 year ago

It's okay to feel anxious, sad and restless these days! It might point you to some corners of your mind and psyche that need working on. If you are a human anywhere on this planet you feel the unse...

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How can Integrative Holistic Medicine help me?

3 years 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...

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How do I know if I have ADHD?

3 years 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...

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The Reluctant Psychiatrist

3 years 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 treatment....

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Ketamine as an Antidepressant

3 years 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...

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

3 years 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...

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Diagnosed with ADHD? Don't forget the eye exam!

3 years 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...

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Pornography addiction and ADHD in adults

3 years ago

67.4% of my patients have an addiction to porn. OK, I made up the precise statistic to get your attention; I just meant a significant subgroup! Pornography activates the novelty-seeking pathways in...

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Shut up and give me my meds!

3 years ago

Recently a patient whom I had not seen for almost a year showed up in my office demanding that her antidepressant prescriptions be filled for another year. She made it clear that she had no interes...

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ADHD and the Friday night date

3 years ago

You have been working hard all week and really look forward to going out with your fiancé to a nice restaurant and enjoying yourself. She has not seen you all week and is excited about findi...

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ADHD communication style, before and after therapy

3 years ago

Many people who start medication therapies to treat the core ADD/ADHD symptom notice subtle changes that are not always easy to accept or manage. The character style that was considered to be a pro...

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

3 years ago

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...

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ADHD and anger, strategies for management

3 years ago

Low frustration tolerance is a hallmark of the ADHD sufferers. The scenario goes something like this: You are trying to focus on completing your expense report, and the guy from the next cubicle in...

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

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

Dr. Farid Sabet


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