Entries by Melissa Chefec

How Can I Tell If My Antidepressants Are Working? 

By Beth Ann Mayer | June 11, 2021 The two mental health conditions most commonly treated with medication are mood disorders, depression and anxiety, says Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. Antidepressants, one of the five main categories of psychotropic drugs, are a first-line treatment for both depression and anxiety. “Antidepressants don’t make problems […]

Does Nature or Nurture Determine Your Personality?

June 10, 2021. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: Does Nature or Nurture Determine Your Personality? Blame it on your parents (nature). Blame it on your friends (nurture). But, in truth, you can probably blame your personality on both. Is the development of human personalities the result of inherited genetic traits from […]

6 Tips For Better Sleep

BY CAROL LEE, JUN 9, 2021 Help clients achieve a healthy sleep schedule by offering these top tips from Alex Dimitriu, M.D., founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine (CA). Click HERE for the full article.

The Importance Of A Healthy Circadian Rhythm

By Carol Lee, JUN 4, 2021 Not only has the pandemic and its accompanying lockdowns led to skyrocketing rates of anxiety and depression—common culprits behind insomnia—but working and living mostly at home have caused people to keep irregular schedules, with more individuals working at night and sleeping during the day. In the evenings, people are also […]

Evidence Shows The Moon Impacts Our Sleep, But Scientists Aren’t Exactly Sure Why

Sleep Junkies·Blog·05/31/2021 “The moon, by providing brighter light in the evening may indeed entrain our circadian rhythms,” Dimitriu says. “Likely this takes time, being outdoors and without interference from artificial light sources. A single glance at a full moon on one night, may not be enough to alter sleep immediately.” Click HERE for the full article.

7 Signs of Suicide Nobody Talks About

Syazwana Amirah, May 28, 2021 This feeling of dread and overwhelming emotion when contemplating life’s meaning is not necessarily exclusive to the young, gifted and the non-religious. A study published online in 2018 revealed that patients with advanced cancers often experience existential dilemmas, suffering “high rates of psychological distress, including depression, anxiety, and spiritual despair.” (Dimitriu, […]

Can blind people see their dreams?

Leila Jones, May 21, 2021 Dr Alex Dimitriu, founder at Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine explains it further for us: “Sleep and especially dream sleep is truly a natural virtual reality experience. For people who are able to lucid dream – even more so – because they are able to actually control the content of their […]

11 best travel pillows of 2021, according to experts

By Mili Godio, May 20, 2021 “Not everyone is an equally deep sleeper, and people with any sleep issues at baseline will often have a harder time sleeping in a louder and less comfortable environment — such as an airplane,” added board-certified psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, a sleep medicine specialist. He noted that posture plays a […]

How Sleep Deprivation Impairs your Mind, Moods & Memory

May 11, 2021. Dr. Dimitriu was published in Psychology Today in an article titled: “How Sleep Deprivation Impairs your Mind, Moods & Memory” Pioneering sleep scientist William Dement once called sleep deprivation “the most common brain impairment.” The research is proving him right. Authors of the latest sleep study, just published (April 2021) in the […]

How to Be More Productive in College Without Losing Sleep

May 8, 2021 | Evan Thompson Dr. Alex Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine clinic, knows it’s tough for students to go to bed on time. Nighttime distractions seemingly never end in college. But staying up too late will make students less productive the next day. His advice? Wake up at the same time […]

Magnesium may help you sleep — here’s how to take it to improve your sleep quality

By Erin Heger, 4/29/2021 Magnesium plays a role in muscle and nerve regulation, which may explain why some — albeit limited — research suggests it could help people who are struggling to get enough sleep, says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine. For example, a small 2012 study found that participants ages 65 and up […]

What’s The Difference Between Pink, Brown, & White Noise?

By Carolyn Steber April 23, 2021 There are actually different “colors” of noise to choose from. The most common are white, pink, and brown noise, and each one sounds slightly unique due to its makeup. “Noise, whatever the color, refers to the sound of various random frequencies,” Alex Dimitriu, MD, a double board-certified doctor of psychiatry and sleep medicine, tells […]