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Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Depression can occur at any time of year. However, for many, winter represents the most vulnerable time. Changes in sunlight, temperature, changes in the brain and body’s internal chemistry, and the stress of the Holidays can all play a role. In some ways, Winter Depression is built into our biology – [...]

By |November 26th, 2018|Baltimore Psychiatrist, Depression, Stress|Comments Off on Winter Blues: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

How to Break Out of Default Mode

What Depression Looks Like in the Brain:  Stuck in Default Mode (and How to Break Out of It) Even though depression is usually referred to as a chemical imbalance, it is actually an imbalance in networks of interconnecting regions of the brain. Specifically, sophisticated new brain imaging studies reveal that depression shows up in the [...]

By |October 4th, 2018|Depression|Comments Off on How to Break Out of Default Mode

Newer Antidepressants: The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants

The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants by Dr. Neal Ranen, M.D. Baltimore Psychiatrist I previously reviewed antidepressants known as SSRI’s and SNRI’s that work as reuptake inhibitors (see June 27, 2010 blog). This mechanism of action allows serotonin and norepinephrine to remain available long after release, increasing the likelihood that they will occupy docking stations, or receptor`s, on [...]

By |September 18th, 2018|Depression|Comments Off on Newer Antidepressants: The “Reuptake-Plus” Antidepressants

Stress Can Have a Direct Impact on Your Mental Health and Overall Well-Being

  Effects of Stress on Your Mental Health - Baltimore Psychiatry Many people make daily comments about being completely stressed out or under so much stress. Even though there are common themes when it comes to stressors, these can really vary from person to person. In other words, what stresses one person may not stress [...]

By |September 10th, 2018|Stress|Comments Off on Stress Can Have a Direct Impact on Your Mental Health and Overall Well-Being

Symptoms to Warrant a Psychiatrist Evaluation

These Symptoms May Warrant an Evaluation by a Psychiatrist in Baltimore Life’s changes and challenges often make many people feel overwhelmed. Obstacles and circumstances can cause a stir of emotions or changes in attitude that can be difficult to understand and even more difficult to explain. There is a chance that negative thinking and an [...]

By |July 10th, 2018|Baltimore Psychiatrist|Comments Off on Symptoms to Warrant a Psychiatrist Evaluation

Mood Disorders are Common but Treatment Options Vary

Treatment Options for Mood Disorders Mood swings, we all experience them on occasion. The key is to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that what you are experiencing are actually mood swings and not mood disorders. There is a big difference between the two. While one may require a simple change of scenery or [...]

By |June 11th, 2018|Mood Disorders|Comments Off on Mood Disorders are Common but Treatment Options Vary

Can Coffee Rev Up Your Workout?

See my New York Times letter commenting on the effects of caffeine on exercise! Your inherent (genetically coded) rate of metabolizing caffeine has an influence on its effect on exercise.  That rate is determined by how rapidly or slowly working the enzyme is that processes caffeine.  The particular enzyme responsible is known as CYP4501A2 (catchy [...]

By |April 12th, 2018|News|Comments Off on Can Coffee Rev Up Your Workout?

Treatment for Excessive Worry

Dr. Neal Ranen, M.D. Offers Anxiety Treatment in Baltimore Fear serves as a filter that assists in the recognition of danger. It heightens the reflexes and increases mental alertness. The fear response was particularly important in the early days of humankind when there was a need to be vigilant for mortal threats, such as suddenly [...]

By |February 28th, 2018|Anxiety|Comments Off on Treatment for Excessive Worry

Effective Management of ADHD

Resume Normalcy in Life with ADHD Management Living with ADHD presents a set of challenges that are difficult for many to understand. This is particularly so if you haven’t personally experienced the symptoms and circumstances surrounding the condition. Parents, students, instructors, professionals, athletes and people from many other walks of life live with ADHD each [...]

By |January 29th, 2018|ADHD|Comments Off on Effective Management of ADHD

Holidays Cause Social Anxiety to Surface

Dealing With Anxiety During the Holidays The holiday season is accompanied by many emotions and expectations. Gifting, family gatherings, office parties, school programs, social events and more are at an all-time high during this time of year. It is quite common for social butterflies to surface and make a grand attempt to attend almost every [...]

By |December 27th, 2017|Anxiety|Comments Off on Holidays Cause Social Anxiety to Surface