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Why Wellness?

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!

May 20th, 2019
Meet Jessica Booth - CPCH psychotherapist

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!

May 8th, 2019
What is Telepsychiatry?

You may be hearing more about telehealth and telepsychiatry in the news. What is the difference?

May 22nd, 2019
Meet Dr Matt Bader

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.

May 17th, 2019
Meet Dr Sayanti Bhattacharya

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?

May 10th, 2019
Meet Dr Jessica Hairston

Are you interested in holistic psychiatric care? Please learn more about Dr Jessica Hairston, a CPCH board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist.

May 4th, 2019
Meet Dr Andrea Hernandez

Looking for a Spanish-speaking psychiatrist? Dr Hernandez would be happy to help! Please learn more about Dr Hernandez in this brief bio.

Apr 27th, 2019
Medicated ADHD Patients Found to Have Lower Risk of Car Crashes

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.

Apr 10th, 2019
Mental Health - Why You Should Focus on Relapse Prevention

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.

Mar 22nd, 2019
When are Psychiatric Symptoms "BETTER"?

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"?

Mar 15th, 2019
What are the Different Levels of Psychiatric Care?

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.

Mar 8th, 2019
Speak the Language of Psychiatrists

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.

Feb 26th, 2019
What My Patients Love Most About Telepsychiatry Appointments 

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

Feb 22nd, 2019
How Telemedicine is Promoting Mental Health

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

Feb 15th, 2019
Telepsych: Mental Health's New Frontier?

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

Feb 8th, 2019
What Is Outpatient Telepsychiatry?

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.

Feb 1st, 2019
7 Non-Medication Ways to Treat Depression and Anxiety

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:

Jan 31st, 2019
Estimulación Magnética Transcraneal (EMT)

EMT es un tratamiento de neuromodulación; es un procedimiento usado para el tratamiento de trastorno depresivo mayor, desórdenes de ansiedad y desorden obsesivo compulsivo.

Jan 30th, 2019
7 Signs You Are Working with an Excellent Therapist

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?

Jan 29th, 2019
What You Need to Know About Blue Light

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.

Jan 25th, 2019
10 Things You Should Know Before Seeing a Psychiatrist

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.

Jan 23rd, 2019
Self Kindness

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.

Jan 22nd, 2019

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?

Sep 21st, 2018
How To Say No

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.

Sep 17th, 2018
5 Myths about Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

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

Sep 14th, 2018
5 Non-medication Ways to Manage Stress

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

Sep 7th, 2018
Learn About Your Circadian Rhythm

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.

Aug 4th, 2018
Tips on Self Care

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.

Jul 20th, 2018
Take a Walk for Your Mental Health

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.

Jul 5th, 2018
The Warning signs of SUICIDE…How to Reach-Out

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

Jun 21st, 2018
How To Get Off Your Devices and Step In To Your Life

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.

May 23rd, 2018
5 Tips to Help You Achieve Your Goals

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.

May 16th, 2018
Sexual Harassment

Lessons I have learned from my patients- Sexual Harassment with Dr. Jennie Byrne.

May 4th, 2018
Talking with Dr. Erin Sutton About Why She Became a Psychiatrist

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

Feb 16th, 2018
Guest Blog: Why Can’t I Just Stop the Desire to Drink?

The following is an interesting blog post from Derek Madden, a recovering alcoholic who helps grow the sober community with All views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and do not represent our staff.

Feb 9th, 2018
Strategies For Non-Drinkers To Navigate Parties

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.

Jan 25th, 2018
Tips on How to Successfully Break Bad Habits

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.

Jan 8th, 2018
Yoga and Mental Health

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.

Nov 29th, 2017
6 Ways to Feel Happier During the Holidays

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.

Nov 13th, 2017
3 Tips for Avoiding Your Social Activities

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.

Oct 5th, 2017
Tips to Avoid Oversleeping

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!

Aug 31st, 2017
3 Tips for Remembering Appointments

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.

Aug 25th, 2017
Transgender Terminology

Please always be sensitive and mindful in your word choices and of the impact terminology may have in the transgender community.

Aug 22nd, 2017
How to Change a Bad Habit

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

Aug 11th, 2017
The Goldwater Rule

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.

Jul 7th, 2017
Brain Inflammation Linked to OCD, Study Suggests

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.

Jun 29th, 2017
Signs of Depression in Older Patients

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.

May 30th, 2017
What is the Psychiatry Recovery Model?

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.

May 19th, 2017
Am I Depressed or am I Just in a Funk?

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?

Apr 12th, 2017
5 Common Reasons We Procrastinate

While procrastination is a particular problem for people with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), everyone procrastinates from time to time!

Mar 15th, 2017
What are the Consequences of Not Seeking Treatment?

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.

Mar 10th, 2017
FAQs about dTMS – Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

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.

Feb 27th, 2017
2016 TMS Update at CPCH

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.

Feb 16th, 2017
Adult ADHD: What It’s Like

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.

Dec 30th, 2016
5 Proven Ways to Manage Anxiety

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.

Dec 10th, 2016
Video: 3 Kinds of Depressive Episodes

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.

Dec 3rd, 2016
5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Psychiatry Appointments

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.

Oct 18th, 2016
7 Tips for Caring for an Elderly Parent

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.

Oct 4th, 2016
Parts of Depression That Get Overlooked

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

Aug 19th, 2016
5 Signs of Alcohol Addiction

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

Jul 29th, 2016
Save an Addicts Life: No Prescription for Naloxone

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.

Jul 15th, 2016
3 Ways to Learn to Trust Your Instincts

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.

Jul 12th, 2016
Unsettling Times: A Commentary

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.

Jul 4th, 2016
7 Signs Your Child May Be On the Autism Spectrum

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).

Jun 23rd, 2016
5 Signs You Are Around Toxic People

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.

Jun 10th, 2016
Video: What is TMS for Depression?

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.

May 30th, 2016
6 Ways To Allow Yourself To Grieve

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

May 20th, 2016
4 New Antidepressants

If you or a loved one suffer from depression, there are some new medications for depression that you should be aware of.

May 6th, 2016
What NOT to Say to a Depressed Loved One

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.

Mar 24th, 2016
NEBA – A New Biomarker to Assess for ADHD

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.

Mar 11th, 2016
Coping with Depression: 6 Relaxation Techniques

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.

Feb 27th, 2016
Dr. Byrne Uses a Video App For Seeing Patients

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.

Jan 19th, 2016
4 Ways a Psychiatrist Can Help Autistic Children

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.

Nov 20th, 2015
Your Guide for Preconception Planning

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.

Oct 2nd, 2015
Guest Blog: What is Somatic Psychotherapy?

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...

Sep 30th, 2015
Guest Blog: National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

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.

Sep 26th, 2015
What you can expect in Suboxone treatment at CPCH

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.

Jul 1st, 2015
Guest Blog: ADD/ADHD and Neurofeedback

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.

Jun 1st, 2015
Left Behind After Suicide

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.

Sep 1st, 2014
What Causes Memory Problems?

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.

Sep 1st, 2014
Are There Anti-Drinking Medications Available Today?

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.

Aug 1st, 2014
Suicide: 7 Common Myths Revealed!

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.

Aug 1st, 2014
The Reality of Postpartum Depression

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.

Jul 1st, 2014
10 Common Myths About Psychiatry

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

Jun 1st, 2014
Steps To Resolving Relational Disputes

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.

May 1st, 2014
Adult ADD/ADHD: 10 Tips For Living Successfully

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.

Apr 1st, 2014
5 Supplements That Help with Depression & Anxiety

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.

Apr 1st, 2014
25 Ways to Reduce Stress and Anxiety Without Medications!

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.

Jan 1st, 2014
5 Tips That Help You Stay Mentally Healthy…

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.

Sep 1st, 2013
Happy Anniversary!

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.

Dec 1st, 2012
Psychiatry and Parkinson’s disease

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).

Dec 1st, 2012
Does modern hygiene cause depression?

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*.

Dec 1st, 2012
Biofeedback : an old practice with new technology

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**.

Dec 1st, 2012