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Different Types of Anxiety Disorders Dec 1st, 2021

A little anxiety is normal, especially before or after a stressful situation. On a larger scale, plenty of people are feeling anxious over current events. But it’s important to recognize when your nerves are getting to you and when to seek help from a professional.  If you suspect that you...

5 Signs of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder Nov 1st, 2021

Do you have a terrible time every month in advance of your period? You could have premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD), a condition thought to affect as many as three out of four women at some point in their lifetime.  Many of the symptoms affect your mental health, so seeing a...

How Sports Psychiatry Can Help Your Performance Oct 4th, 2021

Sports can be physically, mentally, and emotionally hard on an athlete, and psychiatry can be a helpful tool to improve performance. Sports psychiatrists focus on improving the athlete’s mental state, both on and off the field. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele of Genesis Psychiatric Solutions offers psychotherapy (talk...

How Telepsychiatry Works Sep 1st, 2021

Talking to a mental health professional over the phone is not a new concept. It takes the pressure off, saves time you might have spent commuting, and helps you get more out of your appointments.  Regardless of your reason for choosing telepsychiatry, you should select your provider wisely and find...

Back to school stressors for students with mental illness Aug 16th, 2021

Returning back to school can cause many stressors to students in all levels of education from elementary to graduate school especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.   A person’s angst can stem from a variety of sources such as wearing masks, getting vaccinated, being around others who are not vaccinated,  attending virtual...

Understanding the Emotional Changes of an Adolescent Aug 15th, 2021

Children’s emotions change as they age. We’ve all heard about the terrible twos and teenage angst. But the emotional shifts in adolescents go deeper than that. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele of Genesis Psychiatric Solutions can help you navigate the emotional ups and downs your adolescent may be...

Help for Your Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Jul 23rd, 2021

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) affects almost 2.5% of American adults, and for half of patients, the symptoms are significant enough to severely disrupt their lives.  As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele of Genesis Psychiatric Solutions in McLean, Virginia, and Washington, DC, provides comprehensive care plans for patients suffering from...

ADHD in Adults vs. Children Jun 30th, 2021

Nearly one in 10 children has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), often manifesting in difficulty focusing on simple daily tasks, in behavior problems in school, and in social awkwardness.  In contrast, less than 5% of adults are diagnosed with ADHD. But this number may be low because many adults are...

The Toll Depression Takes On Your Mental and Physical Health May 27th, 2021

Mind over matter is usually used to explain people accomplishing great physical feats, like lifting cars or persevering through serious injuries. But this phrase can also be used to describe the negative effects of depression on your overall health.  Depression can affect your energy levels, sleep schedule, and even your...

5 Signs Your Anxiety Warrants a Medical Evaluation Apr 20th, 2021

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue for Americans, affecting 40 million adults every year. Unfortunately, just over a third of those affected are seeking or receiving treatment for their anxiety. As a board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ifeanyi Olele of Genesis Psychiatric Solutions in McLean, Virginia and Washington, DC,...

Living With Bipolar Disorder Mar 30th, 2021

To say that bipolar disorder dramatically changes your life and throws substantial challenges into your path doesn’t begin to describe life with this condition. When you have bipolar disorder, you don’t know when your mood might change or if you’ll find yourself in a manic or depressive episode. Dr. Ifeanyi...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Feb 25th, 2021

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...

Got social anxiety? Jan 25th, 2021

Have you ever felt any symptoms of social anxiety? Have you ever felt nervous while going to public places or public gatherings? Have you ever been anxious and full of fear at going to congregations or meetings? Have you ever been tense while interacting with people in your social circle?...

How to Stay Safe and Manage Holiday Stress 2020 Nov 14th, 2020

  2020 has been an unprecedented time. The pandemic has taken a lot from all of us. Many of us have lost loved ones, jobs, and businesses. We may have seen our own physical and mental health become compromised. We naturally want to be surrounded by the people we love...

The 4-1-1 on ADHD Nov 8th, 2020

I wanted to discuss with you about a disorder that affects many children, adolescents, and adults, Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder, better known as ADHD. ADHD affects a person's home, social, academic, and occupational functioning. ADHD comprises of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. In regards to inattention, a person may struggle from making...

Loneliness During The Covid-19 Pandemic Nov 2nd, 2020

This  COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge to our social wellness. Many people are feeling lonely because they cannot interact with family members, friends, or even co-workers and this has affected their mental health.  If you're thinking about somebody, text message them, call them, or even start up a video...

Are you struggling with election anxiety? Oct 22nd, 2020

I want to talk to you about a topic that's on everybody's mind, the election. Whether you're a Democrat, Republican, or Independent, you have something at stake. This election is causing a lot of anxiety for a lot of reasons, and I wanted to talk to you about different tips...

Black Lives Matter Jun 10th, 2020

In the black community, the past few weeks have been stress and anxiety-producing in regards to the safety of Black men. We got to worry about shopping while Black, driving while Black, and now even jogging while Black, on top of all the COVID-19 stressors. When I was watching that...

9 Tips to Balance Work and School Life In Your Household During the COVID-19 Pandemic May 20th, 2020

Reducing stress of working parents in times of pandemic (covid-19) Covid-19 has caused chaos all over the globe. It is becoming difficult to cope with it by each passing day. COVID-19 has caused schools to shut down . The school closings has created undue stress for working parents. The balancing...

7 ways to handle exam uncertainty, stress, and anxiety during the COVID-19 May 16th, 2020

COVID-19 has effected the lives of everyone especially students. Thousands of students who registered for SAT, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, and other professional exams, are stressed out because their exams have been postponed. Although these closures are for their good, students feel mentally drained and have only one question in mind;...

Let's support our Healthcare Workers ! May 7th, 2020

I recently read an article on CNN about an ER physician that died by suicide. This hits close to home, as many healthcare workers enter the field because they're compassionate and want to serve patients. This pandemic, however, has brought a lot of overwhelming stress for people with underlying mental...

5 Ways to Deal with COVID-19 Anxiety May 5th, 2020

I get many questions from people asking how can they deal with this COVID-19 anxiety that they’re experiencing. “What can I do to be safe?” Safety from COVID-19 is within our own control. We can practice social distancing, making sure we’re maintaining good hygiene such as washing our hands, cleaning...

Activities To Help You Connect During COVID-19 Isolation May 5th, 2020

Many people are struggling with isolation and boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic. Given these circumstances, some people may fall into symptoms of loneliness and depression. Those who have dealt with mental illness or past addictions may fear relapse or a return of symptoms. These challenging times have required people to...

Your Life Is Beautiful Mar 8th, 2020

  According the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Agency (SAMHSA), 1.3 million US adults attempted suicide, 2.8 million US adults devised a suicide plan, and 9.8 million had serious thoughts of committing suicide. Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the United States. There are many factors...

Let's Talk About Depression Feb 2nd, 2020

An estimated 17.3 million Americans have had at least one major depressive episode. Data from the Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Agency (SAMHSA) found that 8.7% of females and 5.3% of males have struggled with Major Depressive Disorder in 2017. The prevalence of this disorder was highest among those aged...

Performance Anxiety and the Superbowl: What the Pros Do to Overcome Stage Fright Jan 31st, 2020

It’s one of the most watched events in America, seen my millions of people! It’s invigorating and exciting! It’s ground shaking and monumental! It’s the Superbowl!!! While it’s exciting for those off the field, those on the field may struggle with anxiety before and during the big game. Performance anxiety...

The Social Media Comparison Trap Dec 31st, 2019

It has become very easy for us all to compare ourselves with others. We cannot escape the comparisons with family members, friends, schoolmates, co-workers, and neighbors. In addition to being compared with people in your community, school, and/or job, we have access to social media such as Facebook, Instagram, and...

Your best moments of the year and decade! Dec 29th, 2019

This year major media outlets take into account about what took place in 2019  and 2010s. The evaluators reflect on the best moments of the year and decade.  We have top 10 moments, best event, and whatever "best_______" of the the  time period. We also have the opportunity to do...

4 tips to finding clarity about your purpose Nov 28th, 2019

Purpose is what gets us up in the morning every day. A lot of my patients that are struggling with mental illness question their purpose in life. Sometimes your stressors  can make you feel hopeless and there's no limits to your struggles. However, your purpose cannot be blocked by your...

Self-Care (Mind-Body-Spirit) Nov 27th, 2019

Recently there has been a movement in favor of people promoting their self- care.  It is important to focus on the mind, body, and spirit as ways to elevate your self-care. These 3 components each can have very powerful effects when nurtured and tended to. Below are some tips that...

Anxiety and the holidays Nov 27th, 2019

Anxiety is a natural response to stress. Stress spikes, and you become anxious as fear or apprehension can set in. An estimated 40 million people suffer with an anxiety disorder called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder. During the holidays, people can see a  spike in anxiety due...

The 411 on your medication history Oct 30th, 2019

You have an upcoming appointment with your new psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. You are hoping to be placed on good medication regimen to help eliminate or reduce your psychiatric symptoms. To help with your initial psychiatric evaluation I would like to discuss the importance of knowing your past and...

What is Body Dysmorphic Disorder? Sep 23rd, 2019

There are people who suffer in silence because of the way they feel about their appearance. The person will be preoccupied about physical flaws that only they observe. Others may see the perceived physical flaw that is plaguing the person as minor or insignificant. This disorder is known as Body...

6 Ways To Find Support When Dealing With Cancer Aug 24th, 2019

Receiving a diagnosis of cancer can be devastating news for a patient and their family. Lots of thoughts can be scrambling through a person's mind such as "Why me?" , "How did this happen?" or "Am I going to die?". Patients will be consumed with thoughts about their prognosis, type...

The powerful effects of exercise and nutrition for your mental and physical health Jul 24th, 2019

As the saying goes, your health is your wealth. It is important to maintain a good weight, eat well, and exercise. Conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia can develop from poor health habits. A declining physical health can become a contributor to poor mental health. Self-care is very...

Practical Tips for the Anxious Bride and Groom Jul 7th, 2019

Congrats on your engagement! You have found that special person who completes you. Both of you are about to begin a brand new journey in your lives. To culminate your commitment to each other, you will celebrate this moment by having a wedding. This is one of the most beautiful...

7 questions to ask at your next family reunion Jun 19th, 2019

  During the holidays and summer time, many families have the opportunity to get together and have reunions. This is a great time for many families  to catch up because every one shares fun and epic stories of different relatives on the family tree. Some stories that sometimes get omitted...

Job searching and mental illness May 30th, 2019

When most people are searching for jobs, they tend to look for the one that has the best salary. This is important for most people because this creates opportunities to pay bills and relieve financial stressors. Job seekers who have mental illness tend to overlook the situations that offer the...

Lonely May 1st, 2019

I have met plenty of patients who are dealing with their burdens of the world alone. This can be very overwhelming to a person who does not have a support system. The former surgeon general , Dr. Vivek Murthy has brought the topic of loneliness to the public consciousness due...

Loss of a Child: Miscarriage Apr 23rd, 2019

Pregancy is one of the most joyous times for soon to be parents. Mothers and fathers have daydream of how their child will be in the future. Parents are very excited about their child's life milestones and look forward to the opportunity to share their world with their child. Unfortunately,...

A Star is Born - Alcoholism & Suicide Apr 7th, 2019

I was on a recent international flight and to make use of my time like most passengers, I used that opportunity to catch up on some movies. One of the movies that caught my attention was the Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated movie “A Star is Born.” The cast headlined by Bradley...

Workplace Violence Prevention Programs Matter Mar 15th, 2019

Causes of Workplace Violence: Stress, conflict, and customers who feel they have been wronged can all lead to potentially violent outbursts in the workplace. Generally, workplace violence is the result of stress—either stress from work, or stress from outside of work that is brought with the worker into the work...

Winter Blues and Your Mood Mar 6th, 2019

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Recognizing the Impacts of Cyber Bullying on Adolescent Health Feb 22nd, 2019

Studies estimate 1 in 4 teens have been impacted by cyber bullying in the past 12 months. This bullying, which takes place online, is a form of teenage violence that can leave a lasting negative impact on adolescents. Learning to recognize the signs of cyber bullying, and the technology that...

Anxiety and the Government Shutdown Jan 30th, 2019

Anxiety is a natural response to stress. Stress spikes, and you become anxious as fear or apprehension sets in. An estimated 40 million people suffer with an anxiety disorder called Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) or social anxiety disorder. The government shutdown has caused a spike in the level of panic...