Brain Fatigue, Poor Decision Making Capacity Linked To Overthinking, Researchers Say

By Shreyashi Chakraborty, Aug 12 2022

To address the problem, Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a notable psychologist and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD, told Healthline that an individual needs to find the root cause at first. “See how you’re feeling on the weekend if you’re not working. It’s important to understand if the fatigue is due to your sleep, or your anxiety, or your actual level of busyness during the day,” Dimitriu said. Noting that glutamate levels tend to plunge during nap time, Dimitriu asked people to catch more sleep to fight cognitive fatigue. “Think it starts with sleep the night before and sleep in general. Sleep is fundamental and I think getting enough of it regularly is probably the best way to fight cognitive fatigue.”

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The Long Journey to Overcoming Codependency

By Rachel Crowe, Aug 12, 2022

Tom Adams, M.D., part of the team at Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California, attributes childhood emotional neglect as the prototype for future codependency. “As humans, we are born with instincts to attach strongly to our caregivers,” Adams explained. “When caregivers convey, intentionally or not, that their own needs are more important than the child’s or that there is a kind of existential urgency to situations outside of the child’s self, the child can learn that their own self is secondary, less important/urgent, and develop unconscious/automatic self-suppressing or self-forgetting habits that make codependent behaviors.” If codependent behaviors have persisted since childhood, it can be hard to identify them yourself. Adams recommended a few steps that may help.

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If Not Hypochondria, You May Be Living With Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Helen Massy, August 11, 2022

“Essentially, somatic [symptom] disorder suggests a high level of preoccupation with either a real or undiagnosed set of symptoms, which cause significant distress and some degree of life impairment,” said Alex Dimitriu, M.D., who is board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founded Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD.com. He said anxiety is essential to the diagnosis and could be present generally or limited to more bothersome symptoms.

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Why Thinking Hard Can Make You Feel Tired

By David Rossiaky, August 11, 2022

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, an expert in psychiatry and the founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD, told Healthline that first you need to take stock of what it is you’re actually feeling. “See how you’re feeling on the weekend if you’re not working. It’s important to understand if the fatigue is due to your sleep, or your anxiety, or your actual level of busyness during the day,” he said. While it wasn’t the study’s main focus, it does mention that glutamate concentrations decrease during sleep. “I think it starts with sleep the night before and sleep in general. Sleep is fundamental and I think getting enough of it regularly is probably the best way to fight cognitive fatigue,” said Dimitriu.

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When Pain and Insomnia Collide: How to Manage ‘Painsomnia’

By Batya Swift Yasgur, MA, Aug 8, 2022

“Pain can certainly worsen insomnia and disrupt sleep; but lack of sleep, in turn, can increase how much pain people experience,” says Alex Dimitriu, MD, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and a member of SleepFoundation.org’s medical review board.

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Our Brain’s Natural Desire To Always Want More Could Cause Unhappiness

By Eileen Conroy, Aug 5, 2022

The paradox of choice and having a mindset that the grass is always greener on the other side can be helped by practicing acceptance and gratitude. Psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu told Healthline, “Settling for ‘good enough’ is essential in a situation with too many choices. In my work with high-achieving patients, I always emphasize the statement that ‘the enemy of good is better. Indeed, finding peace with ‘good enough’ and actually enjoying it — through gratitude, mindfulness, etc. — may lead to a less than optimal choice, but a significantly higher level of satisfaction.”

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Depression, Diabetes, Hypertension: 1 in 2 Young People in the U.S. Have a Chronic Condition

By George Citroner, Aug 4, 2022

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founder of Menlo Park (California) Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine and BrainfoodMD, also finds women’s rate of depression often exceeds that of men. According to Dimitriu, the reasons for this difference between men and women may be attributed to biological factors that include hormone changes after puberty and post-partum depression. “All possibly pointing to a hormone-mediated increase in sensitivity to stress, with a possible variation in serotonin sensitivity,” he said. “Psychologically, women have also been found to be more likely to internalize feelings, and have greater sensitivity to interpersonal relationships.”

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Aaron Rodgers credits ayahuasca for his recent MVPs: What is the psychedelic drug?

By Natalie Neysa Alund, Aug 4, 2022

Dr. Alex Dimitriu, who specializes in psychiatry and sleep medicine – but does not use psychedelic treatments with patients due to its illegality – previously told USA TODAY psychedelics can encourage users to “connect loose themes” and experience “improved lucidity and memory.” But that does not mean they are for everyone or should be used recreationally or as a replacement for therapy. “All of these psychedelic therapies aren’t just giving people a drug then sitting back,” Dimitriu said. “They are done in a therapeutic process with hours of preparation and integration.”

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Our Minds May Be Programmed to Keep Wanting More, Leading to Unhappiness

By David Rossiaky, Aug 4, 2022

Experts believe that practicing mindfulness is one way to avoid getting caught up in achievement and overconsumption. There comes a point when “it’s time to change your aspirations and switch from wanting to enjoying,” said Dimitriu. “I think it is essential to have as much practice using the brake as using the gas pedal,” he added.

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Empty Nest Syndrome and Sex Can Happily Coexist

By Rachel Crowe, Aug 4, 2022

“You may think you know your long-term partner inside and out, but make time to connect and have new things to talk about so that your relationship—and life—doesn’t get stale,” said Emily Heard, M.F. T., a mind-body wellness coach at Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. “Enjoy your second honeymoon!”

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9 top-rated travel pillows for long trips

By Mili Godio, Aug 2, 2022

“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 Dr. Alex Dimitriu, a sleep medicine specialist. He noted that posture plays a big role in the discomfort we feel — and as anyone who has slept on a plane knows, “the head tends to fall off to the side or forward, which is both uncomfortable and can cause neck pain, and [can] even make breathing less efficient.”

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5 pillow colors to avoid – why these popular colors are harming your sleep schedule

By Megan Slack, July 31, 2022

Alex Dimitriu, who has a double board-certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine and founded Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, explains that some online reports suggest that red and purple may be invigorating colors that are best avoided. Meanwhile, he notes gray may feel depressing. ‘[However], I believe personal preference is the most important factor in choosing bedroom colors,’ he says. Your bed and bedroom should be your happy place.’ If the following colors bring joy to your bedroom, you do not need to change them. 

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Fitness Trackers Can Motivate You to Walk Up to 40 Minutes More Each Day

By George Citroner, July 25, 2022

Individuals experiencing moderate and severe anxiety disorders may want to use WATs with caution, said Jeff Leininger, NP, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California. He said that neuroscience points to a “dysregulated serotonin system” for people with active eating disorders like anorexia, bulimia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). “This dysregulation combined with increased psychosocial stressors cause individuals to fixate on thoughts and behaviors,” he added.

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Should I or Shouldn’t I: Knowing When to Break Up

By Ally Sweeten, July 25, 2022

Emily Rose Heard, a mind-body wellness coach at Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California who is completing her master’s degree in integral counseling psychology, recommended asking yourself several questions to evaluate a relationship: Are we willing to compromise equally to meet each other’s needs? Are we helping each other grow or holding each other back? Is our issue communication or abusive arguments?

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3 Common Power Dynamics in a Relationship and How to Resolve

By Susan Fishman, July 22, 2022

According to Emily Heard, MFT, a marriage and family therapist in Menlo Park, California, power imbalances in relationships often arise around specific themes, including: 

  • finances
  • sexual intimacy
  • decision making
  • duties and responsibility

When trying to handle these or other power imbalances, Heard explains three common dynamics can play out:

  • demand/withdrawal
  • distancer/pursuer
  • fear/shame

“By acknowledging the relationship power dynamic,” Heard says, “any of the themes can be addressed, whether it’s a major life decision or a simple disagreement.”

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