Entries by Melissa Chefec

Reducing Anti-Anxiety Medications : Risks and Rewards

By Alex Dimitriu, MD, January 22, 2019 With anxiety disorders ranking as the most common mental illness in the United States – affecting 18% of the adult population every year – perhaps it’s not surprising that more than 1 in 10 Americans take antidepressants, the class of medications used most often to combat anxiety.

7 Unexpected Signs You May Have Walking Depression

By Carina Wolff, 1/16/18 “Getting through a day when mood and energy are low or anxiety is high can be a significant and exhausting hurdle for people,” psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “I often hear clients describe themselves as ‘sick and tired’ on most days for some time as an expression of this fatigue.” Click HERE for […]

One-Time Cannabis Use May Alter Teen Brains

George W. Citroner, January 15, 2019 Also commenting on the study, Alex Dimitriu, MD, a psychiatrist and sleep doctor in Menlo Park, California, told Medscape Medical News that “the findings seem counterintuitive.” “It’s surprising to see such minimal cannabis use yield any measurable changes in brain structures or volumes,” said Dimitriu, who was not associated with the study “Whether […]

5 Signs You May Have A Nightmare Disorder

By Carina Wolff, 1/14/19 “Unlike sleep terrors, people with nightmare disorder tend to actually remember their dreams and will awake with a memory of them,” psychiatrist and sleep medicine doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Because we get more REM sleep towards the morning hours, people will often report waking with nightmares in the second, or […]

Is There a Place for CBD in Treating Insomnia?

By: Alex Dimitriu, MD, January 6, 2019 With the rise in states legalizing the use of both medicinal and recreational marijuana, more attention is now being given to a component of the cannabis plant that’s been scrutinized for decades – CBD, or cannabidiol. But far from seeking a “high,” many of those giving fresh consideration […]

Why Do I Sweat In My Sleep?

Experts share the most common causes of night sweats and when to be concerned. By Nicole Pajer, Huff Post US Drinking a glass of wine while you wind down for bed? Consuming alcohol too close to bedtime can lead to sweaty sleep. If it’s disrupting your sleep, Cralle suggested cutting back on the booze and […]

Overcoming the Stigma of Psychiatric Medication

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, 12/20/18 Even as the stigma associated with mental illness has – thankfully – dissipated over the last decade, millions of people still fail to get the help they need because the stigma around the medication that can alleviate their suffering endures. Fueled in part by celebrities talking about their struggles with […]

6 Hacks For Reversing Sleep Debt

By Carina Wolff, 12/14/18 If you’re having trouble falling asleep at night, consider some natural remedies to help you doze off. “Certain supplements, like tryptophan, melatonin, valerian, or chamomile root may also help deepen sleep,” psychiatrist and sleep doctor Alex Dimitriu, MD, tells Bustle. “Avoiding alcohol and large meals before you do sleep can help as well, […]

Anxiety Disorders: When to Worry about Anxiety

By Dr. Alex Dimitriu, 12/13/18 We all worry. Occasional anxiety is part of everyday life –- an upcoming test, a job interview, a troubled relationship –- and anxiety may have a beneficial effect, helping us focus and problem-solve by studying for the test, preparing for the interview, or working on the relationship. But for millions […]

Solriamfetol may curb OSA-associated excessive daytime sleepiness

By Marilynn Larkin, December 11, 2018 Solriamfetol, an investigational norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor, improved excessive daytime sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in a phase 3 trial reported last month in Chest. Click HERE for the full article on MDLinx. This same article also ran in Reuters Health and MD Alert.

Do Olly’s Restful Sleep Gummies Work? I Put Them To The Test

By  Olivia Muenter, Dec 2018 One of the greatest ironies in my life is that I have trouble falling asleep when I have anxiety and when I can’t sleep, my anxiety usually grows into a panic attack. You might know the feeling, too: Your mind is racing with what ifs and jumping to the worst conclusions. Then your heart […]

What Does It Mean to be Bipolar?

by ALEX DIMITRIU, MD, December 2018 Everyone experiences normal ups and downs in their mood, but bipolar disorder – characterized by dramatic shifts in mood, energy and activity levels – can make day-to-day life far more challenging. Fortunately, this psychiatric condition can be effectively controlled with a variety of treatment approaches. Click HERE for the full article on […]

How To Sleep Better This Holiday Season

By  Kelsey Butler, November 26, 2018 Thanksgiving dinner arguments. Incessant renditions of “Jingle Bells.” New Year’s Eve merriment. The holidays aren’t exactly known for calm and quiet. In fact, this festive time of year can actually wreak havoc on your rest—for a couple of major reasons. Click HERE for the full article on the Saatva […]