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Dr. Tucker Featured on Psych Sessions Podcast

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Click here to listen to Psych Sessions Episode 30 featuring Dr. Tucker: Brain Trauma, Concussions, & Sports Psychiatry With Lawrence Tucker (M.D.)

Dr. Tucker Featured on Psych Sessions Podcast

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Scientists Found Autism Signs and Symptoms Linked to Brain Chemicals

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In a time where there is still much to learn about autism, new breakthroughs and knowledge are always exciting. This week, autism has been in the headlines twice thanks to the results of more studies being released. The first one reported that women who took antidepressants during pregnancy were more likely to have children with autism, though that study is already being discredited since it was widely exaggerated. The second study, which is much more promising, revealed that a neurotransmitter ...

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How to Survive the Holiday Season with a Mental Illness

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The holiday season can be a challenging time for the mentally ill. In addition to missed therapy appointments, missed sleep and the stimulation of friends and family, long travel days can lead to missed medication and poor diet choices. That combined with any family drama that may arise can make for a depressing January.

Of course, the holiday season is different for everyone, and no two mental disorders are the same. Someone with depression or anxiety may need to handle things ...

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The Impact of Mass Shootings on Survivors and Communities

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This week, the USA experienced its 355th mass shooting of 2015, the worst one of the year. 14 people were killed, more were injured, and thousands of people were affected by lockdowns and road closures as the police searched for the people responsible. Fortunately, they were apprehended, although a third person’s involvement is still being disputed.

When something like this happens, people are quick to take sides on issues of gun control of public safety. But something that should not be ...

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When is ADHD Medication a Good Idea?

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It is an unfortunate truth that people in our society are overmedicated. Some doctors rush to prescribe medication before researching alternative treatments, and some people think treating their symptoms with a pill is the easiest way to solve their issues. Medication is a ...

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The Autistic Spouse: How To Be A Supportive Partner

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The Autistic Spouse: How To Be A Supportive Partner

With one in 68 children currently being diagnosed with some form of autism, it’s very clear that it is here to stay. Eventually those autistic ...

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How To Stay Mentally Healthy During Winter

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Fall and winter are notoriously known as cold and flu season. Everywhere we look, there are tips for staying physically and mentally healthy during the colder months. But this is also the time to check in with our mental health. Even in warmer places, such as Newport Beach, the shorter days and longer nights can cause people to feel depressed.

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The Link Between ADHD And Addiction

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Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, is a disorder in which a person is unable to control focus and behavior due to difficulty in processing neural stimuli. While ADHD can be diagnosed during adulthood, it is most often discovered during childhood. But new evidence suggests that adults with ADHD may be more likely to become addicted to substances, the Internet or even gambling.

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Spot The Signs Of Autism In Every Age Group

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As a parent, you worry about your children hitting certain milestones—and if they miss a few, you start to worry about things like signs of autism. Autism is a mental condition, present from early childhood, characterized by difficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people and in using language and abstract concepts.

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How Sports Psychiatry Benefits Athletes

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Sports psychiatry, a relatively new subspecialty in the psychiatry field, emphasizes treating mental illness in athletes. The mental illness may be brought on by sports, by the use of steroids or by stressors related to the sport the athlete plays. While enhancing the athlete’s performance is not a goal of sports psychiatry, it may produce that outcome.

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Tips For Coping With A Bipolar Disorder Partner

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Living with Bipolar Disorder can be challenging, but loving someone with it isn’t always easy either. If you’re in a relationship with someone with Bipolar Disorder, you already know it’s a tough ride. The mood swings can make your time together exhilarating or frustrating, depending on the day. But it is not impossible to have a healthy union with someone who has the disorder. You and your bipolar partner can beat the odds.

The trademark symptom of Bipolar Disorder is a ...

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Trouble Sleeping? It May Be A Sleep Disorder

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Nearly everyone has had trouble sleeping at some point in their lives. Fortunately, their bouts of insomnia are usually situational and temporary. But for others, the battle to get adequate sleep can be real, lasting and problematic. About 10% of Americans are cursed with chronic insomnia, which can have a negative impact on physical and mental health.

Sleep disorders can wreak havoc on a person’s life. They can raise depression and anxiety risk, and they can keep employees from performing well ...

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