Category Archives: psychiatry

Caring for a child who has cancer, and the siblings who do not

Psychiatrist Aliya Hafeez, MD answers a question with which many parents grapple after one child is diagnosed with cancer… Q: My middle child has been diagnosed with leukemia, so much of my energy is focused on her treatment. What can I do so … Continue reading

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Seeking families with young children for study on child mental health

A pair of mental health researchers at Upstate are studying new ways to classify mental health disorders in children and looking to change the way psychiatric disorders are understood and diagnosed in the future. Stephen Faraone, PhD, and Stephen Glatt, … Continue reading

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Advice for parents: Do you think your child may have ADHD?

If you believe your child may have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, “the most important thing is not to wait,” said scientist Stephen Faraone, PhD. Faraone, a professor in Upstate’s departments of psychiatry and neurosciences and physiology, has authored more than 700 … Continue reading

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How cancer care may be affected by depression, anxiety

A study by the Cancer Aging Research Group, which includes Upstate’s Ajeet Gajra, MD, examined the relationship between age, anxiety and depression in older adults with cancer. Some facts: More than half of all cancer diagnoses and almost three quarters … Continue reading

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Honoring the beloved ‘Cookie’ Jacobsen

On Wednesday, November 12 at 3 p.m., Ellen Cook “Cookie” Jacobsen MD and her husband Carlyle “Jake”  Jacobsen PhD will he honored at a dedication ceremony, held in Upstate’s medical alumni lounge, Weiskotten Hall, 766 Irving Ave., Syracuse. Jake was … Continue reading

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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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