We are so excited to share with you our self-paced, online wellness program! Learn more from Dr Byrne about this program and how CPCH wellness can help you achieve your mental health goals! www.cpchwellness.thinkific.com
We are so excited to share with you our self-paced, online wellness program! Learn more from Dr Byrne about this program and how CPCH wellness can help you achieve your mental health goals! www.cpchwellness.thinkific.com
We are excited to welcome Jessica Booth, LMFT, LCAS-A as our newest provider! Jessica is a full-time integrated CPCH team member who focuses on helping patients individually, as a couple, as a family, or in support groups. Please welcome Jessica!
You may be hearing more about telehealth and telepsychiatry in the news. What is the difference?
Dr Bader has been a valued member of the CPCH team since 2014. He is one of a small number of board-certified addiction psychiatrists in North Carolina and is enjoys working with each individual with a comprehensive and individualized care plan.
PMDD is characterized by severe, cyclical mood changes prior to menstruation, typically the worst 3-4 days before to the first day of menstruation and can last up to a week. In addition to the mood changes there are cognitive and physical symptoms as well.
If you have ever had a panic attack, you know how disabling they can be. Panic attacks are very common and when they start to happen frequently, they can seriously impair functioning at home, school, work, and in public – it can become panic disorder.
Did you know that Dr Bhattacharya has a master's in public health and epidemiology and devotes time to community mental health in addition to her work at CPCH?
Are you interested in holistic psychiatric care? Please learn more about Dr Jessica Hairston, a CPCH board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.
Psychotherapy or “talk therapy” is a process that has been traditionally mysterious. What happens in therapy? How does it work? What kind of therapy is best?
Looking for a Spanish-speaking psychiatrist? Dr Hernandez would be happy to help! Please learn more about Dr Hernandez in this brief bio.
If you struggle with sleep issues, you may need to pay attention to your ‘sleep hygiene’. Here are a few simple ways to improve the quality of your sleep.
Need to get your prescription authorized? Get doctor forms completed? Tony has your back! Please read more to get to know our CPCH Patient Care Coordinator - Tony Wall.
Lessons I have learned from my patients- Anxiety with Dr. Jennie Byrne.
Wondering who makes the CPCH patient experience seamless? Meet our Office Manager - Jimmy Pleasants
People with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are known to be at a higher risk of car accidents than those without ADHD, but a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry suggests taking medications for the disorder may lower this risk.
If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health issue, the focus is on getting better. But once you are feeling better, what's next? Dr Byrne discusses why RELAPSE PREVENTION should be an important part of your treatment plan.
Many people who have struggled with depression, anxiety, or other psychiatric symptom feel better with treatment. However, since there are no tests or lab values to show response to treatment, how does someone know they are truly "better"?
The mental health system can be extremely confusing! When you are looking for help, sometimes it is difficult to know where to turn. Dr Byrne explains the different levels of psychiatric care with examples of when each level is appropriate.
Dr Matt Bader answers some frequently asked questions about what it means to be an Addiction Psychiatrist.
Are you suffering from sleep deprivation? Learn more in this article from our sleep specialist, Dr Sayanti Bhattacharya.
Psychiatrists can make a diagnosis and treatment plan quickly - often within one 60 minute session. How do they make a diagnosis so quickly? Dr Jennie Byrne clarifies Psychiatrist training in this article.
To get the most out of your psychiatry appointments, it can be very helpful to "speak the language" of psychiatrists. In this blog, we explain some commonly used terminology that you might hear when talking to psychiatrists.
My name is Dr. Jennifer Wheeler and, I provide telepsychiatry services at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Telepsychiatry can be a wonderful experience for many patients! Here are some of the things that my patients love most about their telepsychia
CPCH patients love our 24/7 access to our doctors. Why? Read more from our founder, Dr Jennie Byrne.
Practicing telepsychiatry in a way that mirrors in-person care can offer several advantages, including improved collaboration among providers, modernizing the perception of mental health and removing physical barriers to care. Here’s a closer look at how t
At CPCH, we are always looking for ways to make mental health treatment convenient. Why? Learn more from our founder, Dr Jennie Byrne
Occasionally, even great ideas – like telepsych – take a while to gain popularity. Though the practice has been around for six decades, its usage has grown recently as telepsychiatry technology has evolved to provide better access and quality. The last few
At CPCH, we are on-time, every-time for our patient appointments. Why are we so obsessed with being on time? Learn more from our founder, Dr Jennie Byrne
With nearly one in five U.S. adults living with mental illness today, outpatient telepsychiatry is leveraging the power of technology to help more people access the mental healthcare they need.
As a psychiatrist, I specialize in pharmacotherapy. However, non-medication treatments are also an essential part of a comprehensive treatment plan. Here are seven non-medication treatments for depression and anxiety:
EMT es un tratamiento de neuromodulación; es un procedimiento usado para el tratamiento de trastorno depresivo mayor, desórdenes de ansiedad y desorden obsesivo compulsivo.
Finding the right therapist can be a painstaking process. You need to make sure that you work well together and are comfortable talking with them about any issues you’re dealing with. How do you know when you’ve found an excellent therapist?
Lessons I have Learned from my Patients – Managing Depression without Medications
Some helpful information on melatonin from our sleep expert.
We live in a world where we are exposed to more light than ever before, especially after sundown. This increased exposure to light in the evening can interfere with our day-night body clock (Circadian rhythm) by suppressing the secretion of melatonin.
Frequently asked questions about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
Making the decision to see a psychiatrist is a brave decision. It means you recognize you need help and that’s okay because you are not alone. 1 in 5 people have some form of a mental health issue that needs attention by a medical professional.
Do you find it hard to be kind to yourself? Some people are critical and judgmental of themselves, while being a lot kinder to friends, family or acquaintances. It can be hard for some people to extend kindness to themselves like they would do to others.
There is nothing permanent except change- wise words from a Greek philosopher. We all know this to be true yet we struggle with change and transitions just the same. What is it about change that is so hard?
Do you struggle to say no to people? You are not alone in this. Some people find themselves stretched thin and hard-pressed for time, yet are unable to decline more demands on their time from others.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy, or DBT, has become a popular psychotherapy treatment model over the last few years as more people are becoming aware of it’s benefits. However, that increase in popularity has also led to some confusion and misconceptions
Stress can be a part of everyday life. We often deal with stress at home, at work, with friends, when we travel, at school, etc and we often get worried about our past and our future. Here are 5 techniques to reduce stress with the help of your five senses
Transitioning back in to a good sleep routine can be hard after your summer break!
Circadian Rhythm is your body clock that maintains your day-night rhythm. It is this clock that tells your body when it is time to rest and when its time to be alert and active. Typically this rhythm is maintained by the hypothalamus.
Do you struggle to find the time to take care of yourself? If you are in the habit of prioritizing work, chores and others over yourself you may find you are overextended and exhausted.
Physical activity and exercise are good for your mental health. Vigorous physical activity can help with self-confidence, a sense of well-being and better sexual health.
With the current celebrity suicide deaths and the following media coverage, it may have come to your attention that suicide is a rising public health problem. Rates of suicide have increased alarmingly, and the CDC estimates an approximately 25% increase
Grief is the universal human response to loss — we all grieve when we lose someone or something important to us. But grief is not universally understood.
Lessons I have learned from my patients- Grief is Complicated with Dr. Jennie Byrne.
It was a Sunday morning. I was on call at the hospital and had to drive an hour to reach work. This was my 6th day of work that week and I really needed a break. However, I was on call and had one more day to go.
Sleep is crucial for your mental health and well-being. However, sleep problems plague a majority of people dealing with mental health problems.
At times in our lives, we all struggle with maintaining sufficient motivation to attain our goals, commit to a healthy set of behaviors, improve our relationships, or pursue our dreams.
Lessons I have learned from my patients- Depression with Dr. Jennie Byrne.
Lessons I have learned from my patients- Sexual Harassment with Dr. Jennie Byrne.
Lessons I have learned from my patients – Knowing when to fight and when to accept.
Lessons I have learned from my patients – Do You Have Fears About Dementia?
Find out more about Dr. Saramma Eappen as she candidly speaks with Dr. Jennie Byrne about why she became an adult psychiatrist helping patients to heal and improve their quality of life.
Over the years as a psychiatrist, I have been eager to become skilled in strategies beyond medication that can help my patients. I always tell my patients that their treatment plan is like a pie–and medication is only one slice of that pie.
Find out more about Dr. Jessica Hairston as she candidly speaks with Dr. Jennie Byrne about why she became an infant, child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Find out more about Dr. Erik Gustke as he candidly speaks with Dr. Jennie Byrne about why he became a psychiatrist working with young adults as well as older adults.
Find out more about Dr. Erin Sutton as she candidly speaks with Dr. Jennie Byrne about why she became a psychiatrist working primarily with children and adults. She enjoys working with gender dysphoria and with those that are gender non-conforming, as well
The following is an interesting blog post from Derek Madden, a recovering alcoholic who helps grow the sober community with IAmSoberApp.com. All views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent our staff.
A study finds that daily midday light therapy can lower depressive symptoms and improve the odds of remission in patients with bipolar disorder without a significant risk of emergent mania.
If you have been invited to parties, you are likely going to be invited to drink alcohol. While it is difficult to avoid alcohol altogether during these get-togethers, here are some tips if you do not want to drink any alcohol.
With the New Year, many of us start thinking about changes we would like to make in our lives. We often think about the bad habits that we would like to break, but this can be a very negative approach to change.
The Karen M. Gil Internship Program offers undergraduate Psychology and Neuroscience majors an opportunity to deepen their understanding of psychology and develop professional skills.
Exercise plays an important part in overall mental health, including decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Does yoga benefit your mental health? Absolutely! Here are 7 ways yoga benefits your mental health.
When we think about holidays, it means something different to all of us. To some, it means being with family. To others it means shopping. To some others it means receiving gifts. Here are 6 ways to feel happier during the holidays.
Traditionally, geriatric psychiatry is the practice of psychiatry in adults age 65 and up.
The drug’s effect on suicidal ideation may be at least partially independent of its antidepressant effects, which could prove important for the approval of variants of ketamine for treating suicidal patients.
If you are suffering from depression or social anxiety, your therapist may recommend that you seek out social activities. However, there are times when it is important to say “no” to a social activity invitation.
Effectively communicating with your loved ones can be difficult at times. Here are 7 tips to help you communicate more effectively.
If you’re new to taking medication, you may find that you need to remember to take it. Here are a few tips to help you do that.
Being a mom is hard.
Do you find yourself oversleeping and being late for work, school, or anything else? While we all oversleep from time to time, I’ve learned a few tips and strategies for helping you avoid oversleeping entirely and I’m sharing them with you in this video!
One problem we all share is forgetfulness. Sometimes we forget we have appointments scheduled and we miss them. It’s certainly not intentional. To keep you on track with your schedule, here are 3 tips to help you remember your appointments.
Please always be sensitive and mindful in your word choices and of the impact terminology may have in the transgender community.
While it is good to learn how to manage inevitable conflict situations, sometimes we can avoid conflict situations with a little planning and thought. Here are 7 strategies to try:
Do you have a bad habit you would like to change? We all have “bad” habits that we would like to change. Here are some tips on how to change a bad habit
It seems that everywhere we turn we hear that exercise and diet are important to health. When I am working with patients on their treatment plan we always have a discussion about their physical health.
Use of medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) does not appear to increase the risk of substance-related problems in adolescent and adult patients with ADHD
Buprenorphine is a widely used therapy for opioid use disorder (OUD), but the daily sublingual formulations currently available do have their own issues. These include adherence difficulties as well as the risk of misuse or diversion.
Back in 1964, when Barry Goldwater was running for office, a psychological poll was taken to determine if Goldwater was fit to run for office. The poll indicated he was not and he subsequently lost the election.
Brain inflammation appears to be significantly higher in people with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) than those without the condition, according to a study published this week in JAMA Psychiatry.
Medical and dental procedures, like surgery, are typically an infrequent yet regular part of life. Taking a proactive approach to the pain management plan is vital
Older men with a history of depression may be at greater risk of developing dementia than those without current or past depression, but it appears that depression in later life is more likely a marker of incipient dementia
There are many reasons an older patient may be depressed – they may be grieving, they may have serious medical issues, they may have chronic pain. Sometimes they will say “I feel depressed.” Most of the time; however, they will not.
Brief Psychotherapy is a short-term, solution-oriented psychotherapy that is focused on one clear cut problem or situation.
The psychiatry recovery model is a different approach to psychiatry. Instead of viewing mental illness as a disease, it focuses on hope and getting better.
Adults with serious psychological distress (SPD) face more problems accessing and paying for health care than those without SPD, according to a study published this week in Psychiatric Services in Advance.
Loneliness is a common complaint of our aging parents. It’s important to keep them healthy and active. Dr. Jennie Byrne offers some suggestions on how to do that!
One of the reasons depression remained underdiagnosed and undertreated is that sadness is a normal human emotion, so how do we know when we are sad vs depression?
Why is exercise so important to mental health? The easiest answer is because your brain is an organ, just like your heart.
Depression can make you feel sad, down, and unable to function as you normally would. Follow these 5 simple habits to reduce depression now!
College students balance a lot and not just their course load. For some, it may seem overwhelming, which can lead to anxiety and/or depression, especially as a Freshman. Balancing course work, a job, and a social life doesn’t have to be overwhelming.
While procrastination is a particular problem for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), everyone procrastinates from time to time!
Unfortunately, there is still significant stigma attached with mental health, making it difficult for people to seek treatment. However, there are several reasons it is important to seek treatment sooner rather than later.
Being fully informed of your treatment options is a top priority at CPCH. We want to make sure you’re well aware of your treatment options and any side effects you may experience. Here are some frequently asked questions about dTMS.
As part of the Gil Internship, we were fortunate to have Swapnil Patel, a UNC undergraduate Psychology major, to help us analyze our TMS outcomes data for 13 patients who completed the TMS protocol at CPCH.
A study published in Biological Psychiatry suggests that modafinil—a wake-promoting agent approved to treat patients with narcolepsy—might be able to help patients with remitted depression who are experiencing cognitive deficits.
A study published in AJP in Advance now suggests a low-dose naltrexone treatment regimen may increase the likelihood that opioid-dependent patients receive XR-naltrexone treatment.
A study that tracked the progress of women with anorexia and bulimia for more than 20 years now suggests that the majority of patients achieve long-term recovery.
Previous studies suggest that depression occurs in youth with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at a higher rate than youth without ADHD, but the effects of ADHD medication on the development of depression are unclear.
Generalized anxiety disorder to more than just stress and it’s different than panic. It’s a persistent feeling of anxiety lasting most of the day. Dr. Byrne explains more in the video below.
A study published today in JAMA Pediatrics has found that marijuana use increased and the perceived risks of using the drug decreased among eighth and 10th graders in Washington following the state’s legalization of the drug for recreational use in 2012.
As more research is conducted on adult ADHD, we’re finding out more and more about what it’s like to live with it. Listen as Dr. Byrne explains how the symptoms are different in adults than in children.
If someone says that they are “healthy”, we generally think of them as being in good physical health with no medical illness. But what about mental health?
We all hear that it is important to “minimize stress” in our lives as a way to manage anxiety. While this is good advice, there are other things you can do to manage the physical or mental experience of anxiety.
There are 3 different kinds of depressive episodes and Dr. Jennie Byrne describes all three in detail as well as shares her insight on why it’s important to understand these 3 different episodes.
The holidays often bring about stress, depression, anxiety, and other emotions that may leave you feeling not as joyful as you think you should be. It’s okay to experience these feelings.
If someone is depressed, others can tell, right? Not necessarily. Some people suffer from depression but may look “normal” to others. What is this like?
If you are taking a medication approved by the FDA after June 2015, you might notice that the labeling insert around pregnancy and lactation has changed.
When Prozac was first introduced in 1987, it generated a wave of excitement – finally, there seemed to be a new antidepressant medication with fewer side effects that worked well.
Making an appointment with a psychiatrist is the first step to improving your mental health. It’s important to make the most of each your sessions in order to maximize your efforts. Here are 5 ways to get the most out of your psychiatry appointments.
Aging is a fact of life, no matter how much we try to avoid it. When it comes to caring for aging parents, follow these 7 tips to make it easier for everyone.
What a no-ropes rock climber can teach us about tackling our Anxiety By Reid Wilson, PhD
Tinnitus is the experience of hearing a sound (such as ringing, buzzing, whistling, hissing, swooshing, and clicking) in the absence of an actual, external noise.
Social anxiety is a fairly common condition where someone is fearful of interaction with other people. Often it is related to fears of being judged in a negative way and can lead to avoidance of social situations.
When most people think about depression, they think about the feeling of depression and negative thought patterns. However, it is important to note that sometimes depression has other physical symptoms
Did you know that you have a brain in your gut?
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by a progressive decline in memory and cognition, which eventually leads to disorientation and death.
Alcohol is a legal substance which many Americans use on a regular basis. How do you know if someone is “addicted” to alcohol? Here are some signs of alcohol addiction
Recently, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, signed new legislation that allows physicians to write standing orders for naloxone. As a result of the current opioid epidemic, measures have been taken to help prevent opioid overdoses in North Carolina.
Have you ever reflected on a situation and said “I knew it, but I didn’t trust my gut”? Sometimes our instincts give us information that is critical, particularly about our relationships. Some people are more in tune with their instincts than others.
If you seem to be in the midst of unsettling times, you’re not alone. Many people are finding things more confusing than ever and don’t know where to go to get the truth.
Autism Spectrum Disorder is the new diagnosis that is now being used to encompass related neurodevelopmental disorders including Autistic Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD).
A number of medications are available for the treatment of ADHD; some are stimulants and others are non-stimulants. What’s the difference in these medications?
Have you ever heard someone described as “toxic”? One way to think about this is that relationships are like chemistry experiments – some people combine in a way that is “toxic” to each other under certain environments.
Are you struggling to communicate your needs with others? Many people use ineffective communication styles because they don’t know how to be assertive with others.
TMS is a new treatment for depression. Listen in as Dr. Jennie Byrne explains more about TMS and how it’s used to treat depression.
Loss is part of the human experience, and grief is a nature part of loss. However, in our optimistic, cheerful American culture, sometimes it can feel like grieving is unacceptable. Here are some ways you can allow yourself to grieve
At times, we are all forced to interact with difficult people or find ourselves in difficult situations. Here are some tips on how to cope
If you or a loved one suffer from depression, there are some new medications for depression that you should be aware of.
Is your loved one struggling with an addiction? If so, you may be concerned that your behaviors are enabling them to continue their addiction.
Dr. Jennie Byrne explains how Straterra, a non-stimulant medication, is used in the treatment of ADHD.
Being non-judgmental and remaining neutral are the best ways to approach anyone who is clinically depressed and having thoughts of suicide. It can be difficult but it’s very important.
You may know someone close to you that is depressed and usually you want to help. Today Dr. Jennie Byrne helps us…What NOT to Say to a Loved One That is Experiencing Depression.
In 2011, Neuro+ founder & CEO Jake Stauch, then a researcher at the Duke University Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, teamed up with Jeroen Kools at the University of Amsterdam’s Brain & Technology Lab to start NeuroSpire.
Is your child struggling with attention problems and wondering if it might be Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)? Traditionally, most ADHD assessment relies on rating scales, clinical interview, and tests of attention.
A biomarker attempts to use biological information like proteins in blood, brain waves, or genetics to gather information about a psychiatric condition.
Depression is a mental illness that leaves you feeling less than excited about life. It’s not a physical disorder because depression affects your overall emotional health and may make you feel sad.
Co-occurring disorders, the presence of a mental illness and a substance use disorder simultaneously, is common among those with substance addictions. Over 8 million Americans with a mental illness also struggle with substance abuse.
When we last reviewed neurostimulation devices 3 years ago, we concluded that there was some promise—but more sizzle than beef. Now there are more devices and more data. But is there more beef? Maybe.
If you think you may have narcolepsy or are having trouble sleeping, please feel free to reach out to our offices and we will be happy to make you an appointment at 919-636-5240.
Have you been suffering from long-standing depression, experimenting with different types of medication with no success?
Some of her patients are students with busy schedules, while others have long commutes to get to her office in Chapel Hill, so Byrne turns to a Durham-based app called TouchCare that lets her consult with them via video.
Dr. Byrne introduces Televideo services with Touch Care.
Dr. Byrne explains Vivitrol treatment that helps with opioid dependence and alcohol addiction.
Autism impacts social, emotional, behavioral, and academic functioning. Children with autism require developmental and educational interventions that are different in both form and intensity from those required by children with other special needs.
DO YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PAIN MEDICATIONS? If so, you are not alone. In 2010 there were reportedly as many as 2.4 million people in the US with an opioid problem
It’s already that time of year again and we can feel the holiday stress creeping up on our patients. So, here are a few tips to help you relax, get back control and actually enjoy the holiday season.
Even in the best of situations, all children experience some anxiety in the form of worry, apprehension, dread, fear or distress.
Dr. Jennie Byrne of Cognitive Psychiatry demonstrates how our dTMS (Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) machine by Brainsway works and what to expect during your treatment sessions.
Healthy pregnancy is closely related to a women’s health before conception. It has also been shown that preconception planning improves the chances for a healthy baby.
Somatic psychotherapists believe that the body has its own innate intelligence to heal. The primary goal of somatic therapy is to assist people in understanding the language of their own body...
After holding what was thought to be the final Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event about one year ago, The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, has announced that it is reinstating the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Days program.
When it comes to treating ADHD, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the standard care of therapy has traditionally centered around medication. And while this can be extremely effective, now there’s a new tool on the market...
Low libido, which is also known as hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), represents the most common sexual dysfunction in women. In addition, it is known to be difficult to treat.
Neuro+ is a game-based attention training program designed to help individuals, especially those with ADHD, exercise their brain in order to develop and improve their attention skills.
A panic attack is an experience of sudden and intense anxiety.
Growing up involves a series of challenges for children and adolescents.
What is Binge Eating Disorder diagnostic criteria?
You will first meet with a board-certified psychiatrist with specialty training in buprenorphine treatment. If you and the doctor feel that suboxone is a good treatment plan for you, you move on the induction phase of treatment.
In kids, depression can appear as “bad moods” or irritability that lasts for a long time, even if a child doesn’t acknowledge being sad.
FDA approves a long-acting hydrocodone formulation
Many people who struggle with addiction avoid the 12 step addiction recovery program due to misconceptions. The following information is intended to dispel some of the commonly held myths about 12-step recovery groups.
Trichotillomania (TTM or “trich”) is a disorder that results in compulsive hair pulling from any site on an individual’s body, ultimately causing bald patches.
Learn effectiveness and efficiency Skills to help with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Many of my clients come to me because they or their child have been diagnosed with ADD or ADHD, and they want to either minimize the need for medication, or avoid it altogether.
Do you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, or some form of ongoing, episodic, or chronic digestive issues like abdominal discomfort/pain, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, acid reflux, or gas with no clear-cut cause or sure-fire cure?
The legalization of marijuana continues to be a hotly debated topic in the United States.
dTMS is the least invasive of the brain-stimulation procedures used for depression.
Binge eating is the most common food disorder in the United States.
Dr. Gray talks about how Vyvanse is now being used to treat BED or Binge Eating Disorder.
Today Dr. Byrne talks about a non-stimulant drug Guanfacine for ADHD.
ADHD is a neurocognitive disorder which affects up to 9-10% of children and 50% of children with ADHD continue to have the disorder in adulthood.
Insurance companies are making it much harder for people to get the medications their doctors prescribe.
Most of us have probably been in a situation where a well-meaning friend or family member offers us some of their own medication to treat some ailment that we may be experiencing.
Therapy isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. Different patients have different needs and requirements.
We’ve all fallen prey to negative thinking at one time or another in our lives.
There are many benefits to seeing an out-of-network psychiatrist and today I will talk about six benefits for you to think about.
Like many patients with depression or anxiety, finding a medication that works for you without causing intolerable side effects can be a long and difficult journey.
Today, Dr. Jennie Byrne explains how patients newly diagnosed with memory loss are treated at CPCH. Please feel free to reach out to our office if you have any questions or concerns. Live Mentally Healthy, Dr. Jennie Byrne
When you are looking for help and support, you might choose to see a psychotherapist or perhaps work with a life, health, or career coach.
“Mindfulness” seems to be everywhere these days – in research articles, on the news, in marketing of products and services.
PRESCRIBING PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATIONS FOR WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE
For many suffering with depression, it may worsen during the winter months.
Modern psychiatry is much different than what most people believe.
What is a modern psychiatrist and how are they different from traditional psychiatrists?
Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill was founded and is owned by Dr. Jennie Byrne an adult psychiatrist who has a new vision for practicing Psychiatry.
You wake up in the middle of the night only to find that you can not fall back asleep. So, what can you do.
For proper mental health treatment, you must first find the right psychiatrist.
Dr. Namdari at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill treats adults and adolescents with ADD/ADHD. Today he talks about the benefits and risks associated with being diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Dr. Byrne talks candidly about what questions highly effective psychiatrists ask new patients that are visiting our office for the first time.
By nature, we’re all creatures of habit, and it’s those habits that determine whether or not we’re effective people.
What is a Low Risk Drinking Limit?
Today Dr. Matt Bader talks about the differences of Bunavail in comparison to Suboxone or Zubsolv for Opioid Dependence.
The holidays can be a very stressful time of year and it is very common that people feel anxious, stress, and even depressed around the holiday season.
The Top 10 Problems with Mental Health Care and How it Hurts Patients.
It is a collaborative conversation to strengthen a person’s own motivation for and commitment to change.
In honor of Mental Illness Awareness Week Dr. Byrne describes how to use her Carex Light Therapy Box as well as it’s benefits right from her office.
I have always noticed that in the winter months I am more irritable and anxious.
It’s important to make sense of who all our very important players are when it comes to mental health.
Dr. Byrne from Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill talks about what you can do to prevent memory loss.
Dr. Namdari recently sat down and shared with us several answers to important questions regarding ADD/ADHD and why treatment is often delayed.
Every year in the United States, about 33,000 people take their own lives. Every one of these deaths leaves an estimated six or more “suicide survivors”—people who’ve lost someone they care about deeply and are left grieving and struggling to understand.
What Causes Memory Problems and Are They a Sign of Dementia? Many things cause memory problems and the key point to understand is that not all memory problems are caused by Dementia.
Dr. Matt Bader helps educate people about the most crucial steps that help folks overcome addiction.
Dr. Nicola Gray, a Harvard graduate is an expert in treating women’s health issues. Today she is candidly discussing risk factors to you and your baby as well as signs/symptoms and treatment options. You can learn more about Dr. Gray here on our website.
With the millions of people out their struggling with alcohol dependence, the use of medications to help curb and eventually stop alcoholism is a practice that has been used for decades and continues to have encouraging results.
Every year, nearly 90,000 adults go to emergency rooms for side effects of psychiatric medications.
As we have seen in the recent, tragic passing of Robin Williams, depression and suicide does not discriminate. Each year, depression affects 17 million people of all age groups, races, and economic backgrounds.
Suicide is always a difficult topic to discuss and is a muted topic in our everyday society.
Unfortunately, opioid addiction has become a major problem in our nation today.
Historically, physicians have been taught that postpartum depression is a depression that only happens after birth, but statistically, it doesn’t always happen post pregnancy, and it isn’t always just depression.
This is a very common question and belief that we hear across all of our social media channels and in our practice.
Dr. Bader candidly talks about Opioid Addiction, such as: morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
A common and BIG misconception in the world of mental health is that you cannot recover from mental illness, addiction or other mental health issues.
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are neurocognitive disorders, which manifest during childhood.
What do you know now that you wish you’d known then? Are you where you thought you’d be? What advice would you give to a young person entering the working world today?
A common replacement opiate therapy, Methadone is an option for recovering addicts that requires daily attention and maintenance.
Did you know that more than 70% of primary care visits today are made for psychosocial issues like anxiety and depression?
The world of Psychiatry is often a mix of skepticism and praise. For those who have never seen a Psychiatrist, or mental illness has never touched their inner circles, the methodology, science and effectiveness of Psychiatry can often be hard to understand
Here at Cognitive Psychiatry, we talk quite often about stress; how it is triggered, things you can do to manage it, and symptoms of it.
Taking good care of yourself as you recover from depression is very important.
In 2012, an estimated 2.2 million people in the United States were reported with a drug dependency or addiction.
Many people who struggle with bouts of sadness and even depression have trouble finding the happiness they seek in everyday activities.
As human beings, it is in our nature to look to others for advice, a listening ear, and help through certain life moments and feelings.
Let’s face it; conflict is a part of life that every human being goes through. We can’t all get along; there will be times when we all inevitably disagree.
Choosing to become the caregiver of a loved one means that your road ahead will not be an easy one, and will require some significant changes in your everyday life.
We all have those nights where you toss and turn and just can’t seem to turn off your mind long enough to get those precious hours of recharge before a new day begins.
Studies show that the number of people diagnosed with ADD and ADHD in the U.S. continues to rise every year and currently affects as much as 11% of the population from state-to-state.
Anyone that is experiencing depression needs the love and support of their friends and family.
In addition to prescription medication, talk therapy and other therapies available many people diagnosed with Depression or Anxiety also take supplements recommended by their doctor that are found to aid in their symptoms.
Driving a car is considered an activity that requires great attention as well as quick reflexes. As we get older, some activities that were once very easy can become more difficult.
Everyone gets a little sad sometimes – a lost job, a bad day, lack of sleep. So, how do you distinguish a case of the ‘blues’ from signs and symptoms of actual depression?
It is very common for people to feel moments of anxiousness and worry throughout their days – a new job, an upcoming exam, public speaking.
After the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, the media has increased discussion of opioid overdose.
Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD and Owner of Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill shares tips that will help you handle common interactions you may be experiencing as a caregiver of someone with Dementia.
It’s Valentine’s week, and beyond giving love to a “significant other”, it’s also a great time to think about loving and nurturing ourselves even more.
You’ve waited 9 months to meet your little bundle of joy and you thought you’d be excited.
Adult ADHD can wreak havoc on ones life. It can hurt your marriage, career, and relationships with others as well as yourself.
There are many misconceptions when it comes to the profession of psychiatry and today I am going to discuss the 3 most common ones.
Let’s face it; stress and anxiety aren’t going anywhere. As long as we’re living, we’re going to experience these emotions in one form or another and we all have different levels of anxiety and stress in our daily lives.
Dr Jennie Byrne, discusses what can happen when you withdrawl to quickly from Benzodiazepines or medication like Ativan, Valium, Xanax, Klonopin.
What does it take to have a more loving family dynamic?
Having a teenager can be one of the most frustrating aspects of parenting but what are parents to do?
Many older adults find themselves in difficult situations where chronic pain brings up strong emotions, fatigue, difficulty thinking clearly, and has a big impact on daily functioning.
In this video Dr. Byrne describes in detail how Suboxone Treatment works for people that are addicted to opioids or pain medication.
On Sunday 12/15/13, the NY Times ran a headline article “The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder”.
Bipolar disorder (BD) is a serious psychiatric illness that occurs in 0.5% to 1.5% of individuals in the United States (Kessler et al. 1994).
Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill (CPCH) is pleased to announce that we are now offering intramuscular (IM) injections.
This past weekend, the front page of the New York Times featured “Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side”, an article which focused on the risks and benefits of a medication called Suboxone.
Dr. Byrne, recently gave a podcast for Stay Happily Married sharing 5 steps to better mental health for couples.
These are typical questions for many patients who have been given a medication to treat mental health problems.
During the fall and winter months, some people suffer from symptoms of depression that can appear gradually or come on all at once.
This is a disorder that has been in existence for longer than most people care to admit.
Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) is a condition in which a woman has severe depression symptoms, irritability, and tension before menstruation.
Dr Jennie Byrne from Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill discusses a new medication that is similar to Suboxone for opiate dependency.
In this video Dr. Byrne talks about the different treatment options for someone that is addicted to pain medications or opioids.
Dr. Nicola Gray, Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist, with a sub-specialty in Women’s Mental Health at CP discusses a new and helpful test that uncovers how quickly you metabolize your medications.
We all have mental health and enjoying mental health means having a sense of wellbeing, being able to engage in our everyday lives and feel confident to cope when challenges arise.
Conflict is a part of life. Most of us will do almost anything to avoid it.
In evaluating the safety of any medication during pregnancy, several concerns must be addressed.
Guest Blog Post by Dr, Nerine Tatham….What is Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT?
Last week I had an appointment with a new doctor.
There are many ways to treat adult ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) or ADHD (Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder).
Today’s guest blog is from Kim Raynor, a colleague who has been working in the business side of mental health for many years.
Cognitive Psychiatry (CP) is one year old! When I reflect on this year, it is rewarding to think about the growth of CP and exciting to think about future directions.
Recent studies suggest that there is significant overlap between adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and substance abuse (SA).
Earlier this month I participated in the National Parkinson Foundation* Allied Team Training, an educational program for health care professionals working with Parkinson’s disease (PD).
During your primary care visit, you may notice that your doctor spends time typing or looking at a computer screen.
One of the greatest advances in modern society is sanitation, but a new study suggests that hygiene itself may contribute to rising rates of depression*.
Dementia steals memory, but it also steals pleasure and meaning from relationships and activities of daily life.
Adults with ADHD tend to have problems with time management.
This week I rediscovered the old practice of biofeedback in the form of smart phone apps. I read “The Instinct to Heal” by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber on the recommendation of a colleague*, and was struck by a chapter on cardiac coherence**.
Most media coverage focuses on the treatment of memory loss in Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia.