Category Archives: psychology/psychiatry

Working the streets: Upstate physician provides medical care to the homeless

BY AMBER SMITH David Lehmann, MD, was focused on how best to provide medical care to the homeless. He was aware of 60 “street medicine” programs around the world, most based at academic medical centers. He was intent on launching … Continue reading

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Stroke patients can beat risk for depression

BY JIM HOWE At least a third of people who have a stroke become depressed or show some symptoms of depression, according to an expert who often treats such patients. It’s called post-stroke depression, explains rehabilitation psychologist Michelle Woogen, PsyD, … Continue reading

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What to do about depression when battling cancer

BY AMBER SMITH Along with a diagnosis of cancer, people commonly experience bouts of sadness. Two or three out of 10 may develop depression. Others may experience a grief reaction with symptoms like those of depression but that come and go. … Continue reading

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Facing a crisis: Meet the Upstate experts working  to solve the opioid epidemic

The opioid epidemic is fueled both by the abuse of street drugs such as heroin and the addiction to prescription painkillers. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says prescription opioids contribute to 40 percent of all opioid overdose deaths in the United … Continue reading

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Putting heads together: Brain researchers collaborate to understand and battle dementia, addiction, schizophrenia and more

BY AMBER SMITH What do drug addiction, neurodevelopmental disorders and dementia have in common? All three disorders have origins in the brain, with causes and potential treatment methods that tend to overlap. For instance, they are all caused, at least in … Continue reading

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Sweet dreams: Grieving continues even when you sleep

  BY AMBER SMITH The disclosure invariably begins with, “This may sound crazy.” That’s how psychologist Jeffrey Schweitzer, PhD, can tell a bereaved person is about to relay the story of a dream featuring his or her deceased loved one. … Continue reading

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Could a spit test identify autism in children? Researchers seek early diagnosis

BY JIM HOWE A research study at Upstate is employing a novel method as it seeks to develop a quick, painless tool to help diagnose autism in children. Using a simple swab — like a one-headed Q-tip with a spongy … Continue reading

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Resident physician sees increasing awareness of a common mental disorder

BY JIM HOWE Upstate graduate Nicole Cifra, MD, trained with a mentor who told her of his early years as a doctor, some 35 years prior. When he heard a patient had anorexia, he had no idea what that was … Continue reading

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Sleep trouble leads to depression, which leads to medication, which leads to sleep trouble

BY AMBER SMITH When patients begin taking antidepressants, their health care providers typically warn that the medication may reduce sexual desire and performance and may increase appetite and weight gain. Often missing is a discussion about how the medication may … Continue reading

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2 questions to ask if you’re told you have multiple sclerosis

Among patients treated for multiple sclerosis, up to 10 percent have been mistakenly diagnosed and treated for the disorder. “In many cases they are treated for 10 years or longer, causing for them financial, emotional and physical hardship,” says Upstate … Continue reading

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