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What Can Help My Child with ADHD? Nov 1st, 2021

Did you know attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder 一 more often referred to as ADHD 一 affects 6.1 million children? It’s a common disorder, and it’s one that can impact your child’s school and home life. ADHD can make it hard for your child to focus, make decisions, and stay organized. Children...

How TMS Treatment Can Calm Your Mood Swings Oct 1st, 2021

Transcranial magnetic stimulation 一 often referred to as TMS 一 is an advanced, non-invasive treatment that harnesses the power of magnetic energy pulses to stimulate neurotransmitter activity in the parts of your brain that regulate your mood. In particular, TMS treatment provides improvement for those who haven’t found relief through...

Why Ketamine Treatment Might Be Right for You Sep 1st, 2021

Ketamine was first used in Belgium in the 1960s, and just 10 years later, the FDA approved ketamine for use as an anesthetic. One of the main advantages of ketamine as an anesthetic is that it doesn’t slow your heart rate or breathing rate. Ketamine continues to serve many purposes...

Supporting a Loved One With Depression Aug 1st, 2021

Depression is the leading cause of disability in the world, with over 264 million people suffering from depression. Here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California, board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Hadi Estakhri offers customized treatments to relieve depression symptoms.  Depression profoundly impacts anyone who has it, but it...

Myths and Facts About Schizophrenia Jul 7th, 2021

Schizophrenia is one of the most misunderstood mental health conditions ― but it’s one that we treat here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Hadi Estakhr wants to spread awareness about schizophrenia and how the right treatment can make all the difference.  Below are five...

Do Genetics Play a Role in Addiction? Jun 8th, 2021

Although 23.5 million Americans are currently addicted to drugs and/or alcohol, only 10% of them receive the treatment they need. Because many people believe the (false) notion that addiction is a matter of willpower, embarrassment and frustration can prevent them from getting the help they need.  The reality is that...

Things You Do Everyday That Take a Toll on Your Mental Health May 9th, 2021

Here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach, California, we’re here for you when you need mental health care, whether you’re dealing with depression, anxiety, PTSD, or another mental health condition. But we also want to help you establish lifestyle changes that support your overall wellness.  May is...

Help! I Keep Having Panic Attacks Apr 22nd, 2021

Panic disorder is a type of anxiety disorder characterized by panic attacks. Panic attacks aren’t limited to psychological distress; rather, panic attacks cause both physical and psychological distress. About 13% of people experience at least one attack in their lifetime. Here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health in Newport Beach,...

Who Is Eligible for Ketamine Therapy? Mar 8th, 2021

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a first-line antidepressant drug. They increase serotonin levels by stopping neurons from reabsorbing serotonin. Unfortunately, not everyone responds the same to medications and can experience side effects. The good news is, SSRIs are just one option for treating depression. If you’re looking for alternative...

What To Expect During a TMS Treatment Feb 9th, 2021

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an innovative, non-invasive treatment that relies on magnetic energy to stimulate neurotransmitter activity in specific regions of your brain that regulate your mood. TMS treatments are used as an alternative treatment for depression, including treatment-resistant depression — and TMS is available at Allied Psychiatry and...

Do You Have These Signs of Inattentiveness? Jan 13th, 2021

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is often thought of as a mental health illness that causes hyperactivity or fidgeting. While ADHD can lead to hyperactivity, that’s far from the only symptom of ADHD. One type of ADHD — predominantly inattentive ADHD — doesn’t even present with hyperactivity. It’s possible to...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

Signs That Your OCD Could Benefit From Medical Help Dec 8th, 2020

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a mental disorder characterized by recurrent intrusive thoughts (obsessions) and fears that lead to ritualistic behaviors (compulsions). While it’s normal to experience intrusive thoughts or double-check things once in a while, the difference with OCD is that you’re compelled to do certain behaviors as a way...

5 Tips for Safeguarding Your Mental Health Over the Holidays Nov 4th, 2020

Even though the holiday season is regarded as a time of togetherness and love, many people experience holiday blues. While some sources of sadness may come from being separated from loved ones during holidays, the American Psychological Association issued a survey to unearth other common causes of strain on your...

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Addiction Oct 13th, 2020

Addiction affects nearly 23.5 million Americans, but unfortunately, only 11% of those people receive the treatment they need.  The good news is that you don’t have to travel on this journey alone. Here at Allied Psychiatry and Mental Health, Dr. Hadi Estakhri is trained in addiction psychiatry and is double-board...

There Is Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression Sep 17th, 2020

Therapy, lifestyle changes, and medication are three tried-and-true depression treatments. Many people find that a combination of these treatments is enough to ease their symptoms. However, for some people, that’s not the case. As many as 15% of people don’t respond to antidepressants, and 40% only receive partial relief. If...

Stress and Mental Health Aug 19th, 2020

Stress is your body’s reaction to a potentially dangerous event or a demand, according to the medical encyclopedia of the US National Library of Medicine. This means stress isn’t necessarily good or bad. For example, some levels of stress can be a good thing if it motivates you to flee...

What Is a Manic Episode? Jul 27th, 2020

Bipolar disorder impacts 2.8% of adults each year, according to the National Institutes of Mental Health. Of those individuals, an estimated 82.9% experience extreme disruptions to their daily life. Bipolar is characterized by shifts in mood that alternate between depressive episodes and manic episodes.  Both the depressive and the manic...

Common Signs of ADHD in Children Jun 11th, 2020

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, commonly known as ADHD, impacts 9.4% of children. That’s about 6.1 million kids! Untreated ADHD can greatly influence your child’s success in school. That's why it's important to have your child evaluated for ADHD if they...

The Difference Between Fear and Phobia Apr 1st, 2020

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, between 12-13% of American adults experience phobias at some point in their lives. The stats are much higher for adolescents, with an estimated 19% experiencing phobias.  Because a phobia can negatively impact your quality of life, Dr. Hadi Estakhri at Allied Psychiatry...

What Is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and How Can It Help You? Mar 1st, 2020

According to the National Institutes of Mental Health, almost 17 million Americans suffered from major depression in 2017. Of those 17 million, 11 million also experienced depression with severe impairment.  Functional impairments can impact your ability to socialize and sustain yourself financially. A major depressive episode can reduce your quality...

How Ketamine Improves Your Mental and Physical Health Feb 1st, 2020

Depression is sometimes dubbed an invisible disease. But the reality is, depression is a very common mental health disorder. The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 265 million people suffer from depression. Depression can cause feelings of sadness, changes to sleeping and eating habits, and in severe cases, suicidal thoughts....

Approaching a Loved One About Getting Addiction Treatment Jan 1st, 2020

One of the most painful things a family can go through is addiction. Rest assured, there are plenty of resources to help your loved one get the treatment he or she needs. Caring is the first step. Learn how to take that next crucial step, to approach your loved one...

How Untreated Depression Can Negatively Impact Your Health Dec 1st, 2019

Some 17 million Americans suffer from depression, a mood disorder that causes feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness, far beyond just being “sad.” It’s a common condition, but it can be a serious one. Depression can make it impossible to enjoy your life and participate in work, school, or social...

Helping a Partner Cope With PTSD Nov 1st, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that occurs after a person has been through a traumatic event. It can result from personal trauma, such as war, natural disasters, or abuse. You can also suffer PTSD after witnessing a shocking or tragic situation.  It’s common for people to go...

5 Ways to Cope With OCD Oct 1st, 2019

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is a serious condition that can interfere with your ability to get through even the simplest everyday tasks. OCD is a disorder with a neurological basis, affecting about 1 in 40 adults and 1 in 100 kids in the United States. OCD is an anxiety disorder in...

ADHD in Adults vs. Children Sep 1st, 2019

Do you frequently struggle to pay attention? Do you often forget things or have difficulty finishing tasks at work? You may think of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as an issue that’s diagnosed in children, but adults can have it too – and it can greatly interfere with your ability...

Here's How Genetics Play a Role in Addiction and Recovery Aug 20th, 2019

If you have struggled with addiction or have an addict in your family, you probably know that most people don’t understand the way addiction works. Many people think a person’s tendency toward becoming addicted is simply associated with willpower, rather than with the many risk factors that can make a...

Understanding the Different Bipolar Disorders and How They Can Impact Your Life Jul 24th, 2019

There are different types of bipolar disorder that differ in the severity of manic or depressive episodes. When manic, you may feel energized and elated. When depressed, you may feel sad or tired, and you may lose interest in activities you once enjoyed.  Despite being on this emotional rollercoaster, some...

Why Men Develop Schizophrenia Earlier Than Women Jun 14th, 2019

Schizophrenia is a serious mental illness that can lead to a lifetime of disability if not managed properly with medication. While it is prevalent in both men and women, schizophrenia has an earlier onset in men. The age of onset in men and women It’s hard to pinpoint the exact...

How to Tell If You Have a Social Anxiety Disorder May 21st, 2019

Everyone experiences stress and anxiety from time to time. On its own, this isn’t a very pleasant thing, and how you handle it is key. Learning how to deal with tension and any kind of stress is important for your mental and physical health. But how do you know when...

5 Uncommonly Thought Of Depression Symptoms That Shouldn't Go Unnoticed Mar 27th, 2019

When you think about depression, you probably imagine someone feeling sad or listless for long periods of time. But depression has a variety of symptoms, some of which you might not intuitively associate with a depressed mood. The NIH estimates that 16.2 million U.S. adults experience at least one major...