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Tracey Marks, M.D.
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Tracey Marks, M.D., is an Atlanta psychiatrist and psychotherapist, specializing in the interplay between mind and body, and how it shapes our quality of life.

Dr. Marks has worked with numerous professional men and women who struggle to find balance between life and work. Underneath burnout, depression and stress, she often finds sleep problems at the root of her patients’ problems. She wrote Master Your Sleep: Proven Methods Simplified (February 2011, Bascom Hill Publishing Group) to help them understand – and conquer – their sleep patterns. She provides a thorough exploration of potential treatments, from herbal and prescription medications to a variety of therapies,
explaining the potential risks and benefits related to all treatment methodologies.

Dr. Marks obtained her undergraduate degree from Duke University and her medical degree from the University of Florida. She completed her residency training at The New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell Medical Center. In her last year of training, she served as Chief Resident, a position reserved for outstanding resident doctors possessing superb clinical skills and great leadership potential.

Since 2001, Dr. Marks has been working as a psychiatrist and psychotherapist in private practice in Atlanta. Dr. Marks has sub-specialty training in Forensic Psychiatry. She is board certified in both General Adult Psychiatry and Forensic Psychiatry and is a frequent forensic contributor on TruTV’s “In Session.”

Dr. Marks also features videos and articles on stress, depression, sleep problems, and other life balance issues on her blog at MarksPsychiatry.com.

Entries by Tracey Marks, M.D.

Are You a Bad Mommy For Loving Your Work? 5 Tips to Get Over Your Guilt

(0) Comments | Posted November 14, 2014 | 9:06 AM

As a working mom, it's easy to feel torn between your obligations at work and home. If you have an enjoyable career, you can also feel guilty for enjoying yourself when you're away from home and your children. Is this wrong? It can feel wrong. But it's all about perspective....

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6 Strategies to Treat PMS Without Medication

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2014 | 5:35 PM

PMS. These three simple letters strike fear in the hearts of many men. For women, many of whom deal with it as a regular part of their lives, humor becomes the coping mechanism of choice. We bond over shared horror stories of random outbursts and crying jags, each one trying...

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5 Ways Working Moms Can Get the Best Sleep Ever

(3) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:19 AM

Sleep. Such a simple word. Unfortunately, if you're a working mom, that word might not have much meaning for you these days. Odds are that you're getting not only less sleep but lesser quality sleep than your better half. This lack of rest at night has effects that spill over...

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How to Overcome the Negative Effects of Shift Work

(16) Comments | Posted February 23, 2014 | 9:51 AM

We've known for years that a shifting sleep schedule can lead to many health problems, but more recent studies have shown us why. Disrupted sleep can actually alter your genes. In fact, altered genes are part ofthe mechanism of cancer formation. As such, having an out of sync...

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What Your Children Cost You in Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted March 20, 2013 | 8:00 PM

Every parent knows that having children means losing sleep. This begins with your pregnancy and extends through the course of your childrens' early years, and can exact a serious toll on your physical and mental health.

Once you're past the every three-hour feedings and your baby is sleeping through the...

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

(3) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 3:12 PM

There is a popular Dolly Parton song from the '80s called "Working 9 to 5." At the time the concept of working 9 to 5 seemed standard. Today, you may not be able to keep your job if you expect to only work 9 to 5.

With the Internet, smart...

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How to Recover From the Summer Sleep Schedule

(10) Comments | Posted August 27, 2012 | 8:25 AM

Summer marks a time of relaxation and taking a break from the usual routine. Although your work schedule may not change much, the absence of school may bring dramatic changes in traffic congestion, and the long bright days invite evening picnics and activities. Even if you don't have children, the...

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How to Sleep Peacefully With Your Mate

(2) Comments | Posted May 4, 2012 | 8:00 PM

While the media presents images of loving couples sleeping contentedly in each other's arms all night long, for many the reality is much different. This is especially the case for older couples. You're not alone if you sometimes wish you could have separate beds. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation...

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What Does Bipolar Disorder Really Look Like?

(4) Comments | Posted March 21, 2012 | 6:01 PM

Having just finished testifying as an expert witness in the Hemy Neuman Dunwoody Daycare murder trial, I'm reminded of how little progress we've made as a society in understanding mental illness.

Sadly, society still associates mental illnesses with a stereotyped look of someone with glazed...

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Don't Sleep and Drive: How to Avoid Complex Sleep Behaviors

(2) Comments | Posted January 17, 2012 | 5:36 PM

Sleeping pills, like any other medication, can have unpleasant side effects. One dangerous side effect is complex sleep behaviors. These behaviors include sleep eating, sleep driving, sexomnia and sleep violence.

Ambien (zolpidem) has gotten a bad reputation for being associated with these problems, even though the risk of complex sleep...

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Why Are We So Stressed Out?

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 5:34 PM

It seems like life is getting increasingly harder as our economy continues to tank and the pressures around us continue to mount. People are feeling more stressed than in years past, especially women, according to the American Psychological Association's 2010 "Stress in America" survey.

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How to Beat the Monday Morning Blues

(18) Comments | Posted October 26, 2011 | 12:26 PM

If on most Monday mornings you'd like to jump into a time machine and go backward in time two days, you're not alone. For many the work-week-dread kicks in Sunday afternoon as you start anticipating another five days at the office.

Where did the weekend go? You might have...

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Electronic Sunset: What Overstimulation Does To Our Days And Nights

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 8:29 AM

Watching too much fast-paced television isn't good for your sleep. Even worse, this can seriously impair your mental functioning during the day, regardless of your age.

A recent study in the journal Pediatrics found that four-year-old children viewing fast-paced television for nine minutes demonstrated impaired executive functioning.

What...

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How To Get Kids On A Back-To-School Sleep Schedule

(6) Comments | Posted July 15, 2011 | 8:21 AM

Summer brings flexible hours for most children who have a welcome break from school. This is the time to catch up on missed movies and video games that were neglected during the school year.

As we approach the return of the school schedule, we realize that letting our children play...

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3 Natural Ways To Fall Asleep Faster

(82) Comments | Posted June 23, 2011 | 8:29 AM

Have you noticed that some of your busiest thinking happens when you lie down at night and your head hits the pillow? Actually, it's no wonder you can get a lot of thinking done -- you finally have a moment to yourself. It's just you and your thoughts without interruption.

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How To Become A Morning Person

(219) Comments | Posted May 20, 2011 | 8:25 AM

Are you one who rises early, but is slow to get started? Even though you may be physically awake and standing, you're not much use to anyone? You need a few hours to kick into gear and always feel like you're ten steps from diving back into bed.

The problem...

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