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My answers to questions on this blog do not constitute medical advice, but are merely meant to create an educational forum for consumers. It is always best to discuss these issues with your health care provider.
Webinar and Slides 101: Introduction
August 19 2011

Typically, you would find a link to watch the webinar and download the slides from today’s presentation.  But, technical difficulties (i.e. I forgot to press the record button), prevents there from being either.  So…until next time!!  Join me next month for the second part of the series, and we’ll really get into the meat of […]

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Free Monthly Webinar Series Starts 8/18/2011
August 13 2011

I am pleased to offer free monthly webinar series starting this Thursday, August 18, 2011. The first series will focus on the basic principles of diagnosis and assessment of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Space is limited to 25 participants.  You can register in advance at http://www.nzingaharrisonmd.com/events.php#f1 or sign on to the website the day […]

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Marijuana Addiction
August 13 2011

One of the most frequent comments I hear: “marijuana is not addictive.” Indeed, while listening to the Bert Show the other day, Jenn Hobby said in the entertainment buzz “Angelina Jolie is fed up with Brad Pitt’s dirty little habit.” She went on to describe that Angelina hated that Brad smoked so much marijuana, would […]

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Anemia and Mental Health
August 8 2011

I am quoted in this article about how anemia can mimic mental health symptoms such as depression, anxiety or even alcohol or drug withdrawal.  Check it out! http://www.empowher.com/mental-health/content/how-does-anemia-affect-mental-health

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NAH MD LLC Official Launch!
August 7 2011

Hi Everyone! I am super excited to announce the official launch of my consulting firm, Nzinga A. Harrison MD, LLC.   The firm is focused on providing education about psychiatric and other addictive disorders, as well as being a resource to physicians, allied health professionals and the general public. On this webpage, you will LOVE the […]

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Headaches and Anxiety
August 4 2011

Anxiety disorders are so common in individuals with chronic headaches that the recommendation is for all headache patients to be screened for psychiatric disorders.  The fact that the two illnesses–headaches and anxiety are often found in the same person, makes sense, considering the neurotransmitter, Serotonin, is intimately involved in anxiety, pain, and migraine headaches specifically.  […]

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Death from Drugs #Amy Winehouse is not Alone
July 24 2011

The world was saddened by the news of Amy Winehouse’s death yesterday. Although reports have not been confirmed, it is almost certain that illicit drug use had something, if not everything to do with the loss of the 27 year-old superstar. After all, we watched for the last several years as addiction ravished her mind, […]

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Multi-Axial Diagnosis
March 30 2011

Psychiatrists and other mental health clinicians use a multi-axial system of diagnosis.  The multi-axial system, meaning making diagnoses on several different axes, is designed to address for biological illnesses, personality characteristics, medical illnesses, life stressors and to provide a score of overall functioning (known as the Global Assessment of Functioning, or GAF).  

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Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF)
March 27 2011

The Global Assessment of Functioning, also known as the GAF is also 100-point scale that Psychiatrists and mental health clinicians use to score overall psychological, social and occupational functioning.  It is designed to be used in individuals who over 18 years old and does not include difficulties a person is having due to physical or […]

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Cocaine Dependence
March 10 2011

Cocaine Dependence is the diagnosis used in the DSM-IV to describe the most severe addiction to Cocaine. It is defined by having at least three of the following symptoms in a one-year period:

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