Category Archives: psychiatry

Sharing a cancer diagnosis in the workplace

Aliya Hafeez, MD, an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a breast cancer survivor, answers the question: “How much information should I share about my cancer diagnosis with coworkers?” Her response: “It really depends on what your motivation … Continue reading

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News, happenings around Upstate Medical University

You may recall that four runners from Upstate were invited to compete in the JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge in London this summer for the 3.5-mile championship race. They sent a group post card – a cut-out of Queen Elizabeth … Continue reading

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‘Clear thinking requires courage’ said the late Dr. Szasz

  Legendary psychiatrist Thomas Szasz MD (1920-2012) was a professor at Upstate when the hospitals were built 50 years ago. Around that time (1961), Szasz’s “Myth of Mental Illness,” was first published. Considered to be the most influential critique of … Continue reading

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Answers to questions about living with cancer

Q: “I’m not depressed but I just want to be left alone, so what can I do about friends who keep trying to include me in their social plans?” A: “The first thing would be to tell them,” advises Aliya Hafeez, MD, … Continue reading

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Urge to smoke begins in utero

Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy are four times more likely to begin smoking in adolescence. Scientists at Upstate recently showed that nicotine, the most addictive of more than 4,000 chemicals in tobacco, modifies part of the brain … Continue reading

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What you need to know about medical marijuana

Lots of news coverage lately has been devoted to whether New York will legalize marijuana for medical use. Stepping away from the politics, here are some facts to consider: It can be used to: * reduce muscle spasms. “It will release … Continue reading

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Psychiatrist/breast cancer survivor cares for cancer patients

One of the first things psychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD tells her patients is that she began specializing in psychiatry services for people with cancer because she is a breast cancer survivor, herself. “I feel like it’s an additional degree that … Continue reading

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Science is art is science is art is science

Wendy Kates, PhD, and colleagues from the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences are studying schizophrenia. This image is derived from a type of magnetic resonance imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging. It depicts bundles of nerve fibers in the … Continue reading

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Exploring how to predict PTSD in military men, women

Marines during an exercise in Novo Selo, Bulgaria in November 2013. Photo by 2nd Lt. Danielle Dixon. Stephen Glatt, PhD lead a study to determine whether we can detect which individual Marines are likely to suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. … Continue reading

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