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The Perils Of Polypharmacy

Allen Frances | Posted 06.21.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Polypharmacy was once the exception in psychiatry, now it seems to have become the rule. Patients frequently are taking 3,4, even 5 psych meds at one time. And often it's primary care doctors, not psychiatrists, who are doing the prescribing -- usually without adequate training in psychiatry.

5 Easy Steps to Sleep Better Tonight

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Here are five simple and effective steps you can take to get better sleep tonight.

7 (Not So) Obvious Things to Avoid if You Have Trouble Sleeping

Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O. | Posted 05.03.2016 | Healthy Living
Dr. Matt Goldenberg D.O.

Insomnia is one of the most common and frustrating complaints that my patients report. The underlying cause can be anything from stress and anxiety to depression, medical conditions, pain, medications or poor sleeping habits.

Stopping the False Epidemic of Adult ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 04.14.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Adult Attention Deficit Disorder is the current fad-du-jour. It needs to be killed before it multiplies beyond easy taming. The best person to provide insight is Keith Conners, the man who did the first studies on ADHD -- even before there was an official DSM diagnosis called ADHD.

A Growing Number Of Young Adults Misuse This Prescription Drug

Live Science | Erin Schumaker | Posted 02.18.2016 | Healthy Living

Improper use of the stimulant Adderall is becoming a bigger problem among young adults — a growing percentage say they use the drug without a prescr...

Energy Drinks Are Absolutely, 100 Percent Terrible

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 01.07.2016 | Healthy Living

You might turn to a Red Bull or Monster energy drink when you need a boost, but the habit is doing your body, brain and even your reputation much more...

Encouraging News from Monitoring the Future

Nora Volkow | Posted 12.16.2015 | Science
Nora Volkow

Revealing the results of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey of drug use and attitudes among American middle- and high-school students is an...

Most Active Kids Don't Have ADHD

Allen Frances | Posted 05.11.2014 | Science
Allen Frances

We are ADHD in kids and giving many of them stimulant drugs they don't need. Some kids, especially boys, are more active than others; most of what passes for ADHD these days is really no more than normal variation or developmental difference.

Buzzed: Energy Drinks + Stimulants = PEDs of Choice?

Lawrence Rosen, M.D. | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Lawrence Rosen, M.D.

Why are so many teens and young adults turning to stimulant drinks and drugs? Given that I run a busy pediatric practice and take care of patients up to age 21 (or so), I went straight to the source. I heard the same things repeatedly.

Benzos, Stimulants and Sleeping Pills: The High-Performance Cocktail

Tracey Marks, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Tracey Marks, M.D.

If you decompress, you become more efficient and less anxious, and you sleep better. Slowly integrating other healthy lifestyle choices such as exercise and good diet can help you rid yourself of the need for the high-performance cocktail.

Do 'Study Drugs' Breed a Nation of Winners -- or Cheaters?

David Sack, M.D. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
David Sack, M.D.

Children are learning that success comes not by training, practice and hard work, but by taking shortcuts. We tell young people, "Don't use drugs," but our beliefs and actions encourage them to win at all costs.

Maybe Private School Is Cheaper Than Ritalin

Holly Robinson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Education
Holly Robinson

Your child needs to be learning in a place that will support his strengths rather than view him as a problem. For children who are bright or anxious, active or inattentive, simply changing how and where they learn can make all the difference.

The Diagnosing and Drugging of 'ADHD' Children -- An American Tragedy Worsens

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 10.25.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

The diagnosing of millions of children with ADHD in order to medicate them with stimulants and other psychoactive chemicals is an American tragedy, growing into a worldwide catastrophe.

How Big A Problem Are Energy Drinks, Really?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 10.19.2011 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

Are energy drinks the new coffee? Do they have excessive health risks and do they need to be regulated, or is the problem limited to their excessive use in our youth?

The Study Drug Problem

Daniel Luzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Daniel Luzer

Oh, Ritalin. Such an important part of college were you. Little and round and white, the source of, and solution to, so much anxiety during exam periods. And now colleges are cracking down.

COLUMN: No Such Thing As 'Studying Sober' Anymore

The Washington Square News | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

What happened to the good old days of grabbing your backpack and heading over the library for a natural day of studying? For these kids, doing schoolw...

Caffeine Adversely Affects Sleep Cycle For Many

Dr. Michael J. Breus | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Michael J. Breus

According to a recent study, caffeine interferes with sleep and this effect worsens with age. For shift workers, who need to sleep during the day, caffeine can really antagonize sleep.

ADHD Medication: One for All?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

I got schooled by two college students about the widespread use of ADHD meds -- by kids without a diagnosis of the condition -- to study, stay attentive, and sometimes just to feel good.

Children Poisoning Themselves with Illegal Psychiatric Drugs

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

Are teenagers the victims of drug dealers? Partying? Actually, they are trying to handle the overload of work in eleventh grade in highly competitive schools in affluent communities.