Category Archives: psychiatry

Measuring, treating a patient’s distress is part of shift in attitudes

Years ago, people believed a cancer diagnosis meant death. They were so ashamed of the disease that its name was mentioned only in whispers. Fast-forward 50 years. “Most people today say, ‘Well, I think maybe I’m going to be OK’ … Continue reading

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Upstate researchers seek participants for mental health study

Researchers from Upstate are seeking families to take part in a study of the genetic bases of some childhood behavioral and psychiatric disorders, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. About the project: Most of the common disorders of this type are … Continue reading

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Making music helps kids with autism connect with others

Zachary Cottell, 4, often wears earphones to muffle outside noise, which can be agitating and disruptive for children on the autism spectrum. But on a recent Friday night, Zachary put down his earphones, picked up plastic noise makers (boom whackers) … Continue reading

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Eugene A. Kaplan, MD, receives President’s Award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Medicine, Clinical Department,  was given to Eugene A. Kaplan, MD. Below is his biography, as it appears in the … Continue reading

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Ronald Saletsky, PhD, receives President’s Award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The President’s Award for Excellence in Faculty Service was given to Ronald Saletsky, PhD. Below is his biography, as it appears in the convocation program. By Stephanie DeJoseph … Continue reading

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Steven Youngentob, PhD, receives Chancellor’s Award

Upstate Medical University presented 16 awards at its fall convocation Sept. 16. The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities — was given to Steven L. Youngentob, PhD. Below is his biography, as it appears in the convocation … Continue reading

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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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