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The team at Fifth Avenue Psychiatry aims to help both adults and adolescents with substance abuse and mental health issues.

Dr. Glazer of Fifth Avenue Psychiatry Gives Expert Insight In NYC NBC’s “Is There A Dark Side to Social Media?”

Dr. Glazer was recently featured in an NBC New York news article where he gave his professional insight on the dark side of social media. As mentioned in the article, New York City made history in January as the first-ever U.S. city to declare social media a “public health crisis,” with plans to put a policy in place that would control children’s access to social media. Dr. Glazer was quoted sharing his thoughts on the basic human need for connection and how it isn’t found through influencers or gaining thousands of followers: “I think people need real friends to feel connected and share experiences together. I think through social media, being connected in that way tricks us, and often, to …

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Wall Street’s Loneliness Crisis

Dr. Glazer and Fifth Avenue Psychiatry were recently featured in Business Insider. Read the full article here.

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Chronic Pain, Depression, & Addiction: Breaking the Pain Cycle with Psychological Treatments

By: Dr. Hannah Mitchell, PhD, MPH Chronic pain, or persistent pain that frequently interferes with life and professional activities, affects approximately one in five people in the United States.1 Chronic pain is one of the most common reasons individuals seek medical care. It is often a symptom of common chronic conditions including but not limited to arthritis, fibromyalgia, cancer, diabetes, and injury/trauma. People with chronic pain may experience reduced quality of life, poor mental health, and addiction. The Pain Cycle For many people, pain is increased and maintained by a “pain cycle” by which physical pain leads one to disengage from meaningful life activities (e.g., work, social obligations, physical activity). Disengaging leads to negative emotions or depression symptoms (e.g., sadness, …

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The Transition from College Drinking to Professional Life

A common issue that occurs in our practice deals with the difficulties of transitioning from drinking behaviors in college to drinking behaviors in young adult/professional life. In college, there is an emphasis on partying, drinking socially, and using substances as a reward for working hard during the week in classes. This type of behavior has created a “work hard, play hard” mentality that has impacted the professional executives we work with in therapy. Research shows that frequent binge drinking between ages 18 and 25 years old appears to be a major risk factor for alcohol dependence in adulthood (Tavolacci, et al. 2019). In this article, our Manhattan addiction professionals will highlight some thoughts and behaviors that people develop in college, …

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The Challenges of Managing Mental Health and Substance Use Amongst New Fathers

The Paradox of Parenthood: Unsurmountable Joy and Excessive Stress Any parent can attest to the challenges that having a child can have on both an individual and a relationship.  Becoming a parent is accompanied by much excitement and joy, but it also comes with challenges, frustration, and stress. To put this level of reported stress into perspective, one study showed that “the drop in life satisfaction during the year following the first birth is even larger than that caused by unemployment, divorce or the death of a partner” (Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, 2015).  Although some went on to call this a controversial study due to the magnitude of the claim, it is undeniable that, for most people, stress levels soar in the first year …

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Using Ketamine for Depression Treatment

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. While traditional antidepressant medications and psychotherapy have been used for decades, a groundbreaking approach has recently emerged: the use of ketamine for depression. Known for its anesthetic properties and recreational use, ketamine could be a potential game-changer in the mental health field. In this blog, I will discuss the ketamine’s mechanism of action, potential benefits, risks, and its role in revolutionizing depression treatment. Understanding Depression: A Complex Mental Health Challenge Depression is not just a fleeting sadness; it is a complex and chronic mental health condition that can severely impact a person’s quality of life. Traditionally, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressant medications have been used …

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