Blog Archive

How to Support a Loved One Through PTSD Jun 19th, 2024

Supporting a loved one through post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be challenging, but your care and understanding can make a world of difference. Here, our Palo Alto Mind Body experts talk about how you can help navigate this journey. We also invite you to learn about some of our effective...

What Is Spravato and When Should It Be Used for Depression? May 1st, 2024

Advancements are continually being made to improve mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Among these breakthroughs is Spravato™, a medication that’s gained attention for its unique approach to treating depression, particularly in cases where other treatments have been ineffective.  Spravato, known scientifically as S-ketamine (esketamine),...

Myths and Facts About Ketamine Apr 1st, 2024

Ketamine, once primarily known as an anesthetic in medical settings and a party drug in illicit circles, has been gaining attention for its potential therapeutic applications. However, with this newfound interest comes a flood of misinformation and misconceptions.  Our experts at Palo Alto Mind Body are here to help you...

Lesser-Known Symptoms of Depression Mar 11th, 2024

Did you know that depression can extend far beyond the commonly recognized symptoms of sadness and low mood? Though these are undoubtedly hallmark features, lesser-known symptoms exist that often go unnoticed or misunderstood.  Here at Palo Alto Mind Body, we want to help you understand what these overlooked symptoms might...

Helping a Loved One with Chronic Pain Feb 5th, 2024

Watching a loved one deal with chronic pain can be one of the most difficult things to witness. Not only can their physical well-being suffer, but the pain can also take a toll on their mental health.  If you have a loved one who’s experiencing any type of chronic pain,...

What to Do If Your Antidepressant Isn't Working Jan 10th, 2024

Struggling with depression while on antidepressants can be disheartening, leaving you feeling lost or hopeless. However, our team at Palo Alto Mind Body has the expertise and experience to provide alternative treatments that might get you the results you’re seeking. Alternative treatments When conventional antidepressants fail to provide the relief...

Am I a Candidate for Spravato?  Dec 1st, 2023

If you've been diagnosed with depression and haven’t found relief with traditional antidepressants, you may be exploring alternative treatment options like ketamine or Spravato® (esketamine, S-ketamine), which we offer here at Palo Alto Mind Body. Spravato is an evidence-based, FDA-approved nasal spray medication used in conjunction with an oral antidepressant...

Why You Shouldn't Try to Self-Diagnose a Mental Health Condition Nov 13th, 2023

In a world where information is readily accessible at our fingertips, we understand how easy it is to rely on the internet to answer our questions, including those about our mental health. With the rise of online quizzes, forums, and self-help websites, self-diagnosing mental health conditions has become more common...

All About IV Ketamine Infusions Oct 2nd, 2023

IV ketamine infusions have been making waves as a novel approach to addressing mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and even chronic pain.  At Palo Alto Mind Body, we’re a highly specialized team, led by Dr. M Rameen Ghorieshi, who can administer this treatment. Let’s explore what IV ketamine infusions...

What to Do When PTSD and Suicidal Ideation Coincide Sep 11th, 2023

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can have a profound impact on your well-being. When this complex mental health condition coincides with suicidal ideation, your struggle can become even more critical.  Here at Palo Alto Mind Body, we want you to know that help and support are available. Dr. M Rameen Ghorieshi...

How to Manage Your Severe Social Anxiety Jun 30th, 2023

If you suffer from severe social anxiety, it can be debilitating, impacting various aspects of your life. Fortunately, several evidence-based treatments and complementary therapies are available that can effectively help you manage your symptoms and regain control. At Palo Alto Mind Body, Dr. M Rameen Ghorieshi and our team are...

10 Reasons to See a Functional Medicine Practitioner May 5th, 2023

As a team of functional medicine practitioners here at Palo Alto Mind Body led by Dr. M Rameen Ghorieshi, we understand that to fully recover from a health issue, it’s imperative to address the underlying cause of the problem.  Let’s look at functional medicine and what it offers. Understanding functional...

What Is Functional Medicine? Apr 3rd, 2023

Functional medicine takes a holistic approach to healthcare, focusing on the identification and root cause of disease instead of just treating its symptoms. It focuses your influences that involve you: Physically Emotionally Spiritually Environmentally The philosophy behind functional medicine is that each person’s body, mind, and lifestyle are unique and...

Functional Health: The Link Between Diet and Mental Health Issues Feb 16th, 2023

Most everyone understands the connection between your diet and the wellness of your body, but few are aware that your nutrition is also linked to your mental health. Continued research on the topic of nutrition and mental health keeps suggesting that the two are linked. Dr. M Rameen Ghorieshi and our team at Palo Alto Mind...

When Nothing Has Helped Your Depression, Ketamine May be the Solution Jan 18th, 2023

Depression is a growing healthcare concern that affects 300 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization. About 16-19 million of those affected live in the United States. Unfortunately, many people are resistant to antidepressants, talk therapy, and other traditional options used to treat depression. Because of the often...

What Most Don't Understand About CRPS Dec 11th, 2022

If you have complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), you might experience the challenges of trying to make people understand what you’re going through. This rare condition only affects about 200,000 Americans every year, but it still needs to be addressed and treated. At Palo Alto Mind Body, we’re a team of chronic pain/CRPS specialists led by M Rameen...

Tips to Help You Sleep When You Have Anxiety Nov 2nd, 2022

When you don’t get enough sleep, your cognitive and behavioral functions can decline, causing issues like brain fog, a lack of concentration, and mood changes. There are many reasons why people suffer from a lack of sleep, including anxiety. Studies have shown that this problem can be cyclical, which means...

How Psychotherapy Can Help Relieve Your Anxiety Oct 1st, 2022

If you live in a state of perpetual worry, fatigue, or restlessness that interrupts your normal daily routine, your anxiety levels are too high. You need intervention, so you can get relief. At Palo Alto Mind Body, we have locations in the surrounding Bay Area, which includes South Bay, North...

5 Conditions That Functional Medicine Treats Aug 2nd, 2022

Learning the root cause of your health issue can change everything. Rather than masking your issues with symptomatic treatments, functional medicine discovers the root cause and provides effective treatments to eliminate or help manage your condition forever. When you visit our team at Palo Alto Mind Body, led by M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH,...

How Your Gut Health Can Become Compromised Jun 10th, 2022

Did you know the root cause of chronic health conditions starts with your gut?  We’re functional medicine experts at Palo Alto Mind Body, where we have a whole-body approach to wellness. M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, and our team understand the importance of having a healthy gut. Your digestive tract...

Struggling With OCD? Get Relief With Ketamine Jan 23rd, 2022

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) affects about 1.2% of all American adults every year. When you have this condition, you can experience intense behaviors that lead to seemingly uncontrollable irrational actions. At Palo Alto Mind Body, we’re a team of OCD specialists led by M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, who uses ketamine...

Ketamine Can Alleviate Depression and Suicidal Ideation When Traditional Treatments Have Failed Dec 14th, 2021

Every year, depression affects over 17 million American adults, with about 12 million struggling with suicidal thoughts. Our team at Palo Alto Mind Body, led by M Rameen Ghorieshi, MD, MPH, understands the importance of supporting your mental health with successful treatments. If your traditional methods of treatment have failed...

FDA-Approved Spravato: The First New Type of Depression Medication in Decades Nov 18th, 2021

If you suffer from depression and have tried multiple medications for treatment without success, you could have treatment-resistant depression (TRD). If so, the FDA-approved treatment called Spravato® has shown amazing results for many who haven’t responded to conventional antidepressants. At Palo Alto Mind Body, our expert team, led by M...

How Ketamine Infusion Therapy Is Helping Veterans Oct 4th, 2021

Statistics regarding the mental health of veterans are startling. Around 30% of our active duty and reserve military troops who served in Iraq and Afghanistan need treatment for a mental health condition. Unfortunately, less than 50% of them get the treatment they need. At Palo Alto Mind Body,  we use...

Patient Update Coronavirus (COVID-19) Mar 20th, 2020

Palo Alto Mind Body Patient Update Coronavirus (COVID-19)    In response to the recent Bay Area shelter-in-place order, our clinic will remain open to provide your treatments which are medically necessary to maintain your mental and physical health.  To avoid a recurrence of symptoms, please keep to your regular treatment...

Good Weather May Not Be Enough to Improve Your Mood This Summer: Ketamine Can Help May 31st, 2019

While you probably know that winter, darkness, and cold weather can bring on seasonal depression, you would think that the summer weather would do the opposite. And for some, it does boost their mood. For other people, though, the nice weather is not enough — or even worse, it brings...

How to Prepare for Your Ketamine Treatment May 6th, 2019

Depression is a common condition affecting about 16 million Americans every year. It can severely impact your life by interfering with your sleeping, eating, or working as well as with personal relationships. Depression is a complex mental health condition and one that can be challenging to alleviate. Fortunately, most people...

How Ketamine Infusion Can Help In the Fight Against Chronic Pain Apr 12th, 2019

Ketamine is a medication that has long been used in hospitals as an anesthetic — that is, a drug to relieve or prevent pain during surgery or a procedure. Over the years, it’s also been used illicitly as a recreational drug on the street and at clubs, where it often...

Treat Your Depression with Newly FDA Approved Spravato Mar 20th, 2019

Although depression is widespread — over 16 million adults experienced a major depressive episode in the last year — there is still a stigma attached to the disease. Studies estimate that about 15% of adults will experience depression in their lifetime, yet more than a third of those with depression...

How to Know if IV Ketamine Treatments Are a Good Option for You Feb 11th, 2019

Depression is a common mental health issue — but a health issue that people are still reluctant to discuss. More than 16 million adults in the United States experienced major depression in the last year with about 10 million of those people having a depressive episode so serious that it...

Understanding the First Steps of Treating PTSD Jan 15th, 2019

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone who has witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. About one in 11 people will have PTSD in their lifetime. Women are more likely to experience it than men, and veterans have a higher rate of PTSD than the general public. PTSD is...

What are the Options for Remedying Treatment-Resistant Postpartum Depression? Dec 18th, 2018

Depression is difficult to deal with at any time in your life, but it can be particularly painful during the postpartum time period. There’s a lot of joy that comes with a successful pregnancy and delivery. But there’s a tremendous amount of stress and responsibility too. Your hormones are in...

Suicide is the Tenth Leading Cause of Death: Ketamine Treatment can Provide Dec 17th, 2018

The most recent data, accumulated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and cited by the National Institute of Mental Health, reveals that an estimated 45,000 people chose suicide in 2016. That’s more than double the 19,362 murders committed in the United States in the same time frame. It’s...

What to expect during your ketamine therapy Dec 6th, 2018

Millions of Americans face the challenges of major depressive disorder, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health issues daily. Unfortunately, as many as a third of the men and women undergoing treatment with traditional antidepressant or anti-anxiety medications find little to no relief from their chronic symptoms. It can take six...

How Ketamine Differs from Antidepressants Nov 29th, 2018

Mental illnesses, especially depression, are increasingly grabbing headlines as suicide and homicide rates are on the rise. Though depression doesn’t always end so tragically, it can make millions of people feel like life doesn’t have much to offer. While some have found relief with antidepressants, as many as a third...

Choosing a Ketamine Provider to Treat Your Depression Oct 24th, 2018

Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects millions of Americans. It causes a range of symptoms, including a sad or anxious mood, fatigue, feelings of hopelessness, irritability, guilt, and a loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.   Most people with depression find relief from antidepressant medications, psychological...

How Ketamine is Helping Patients With Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Sep 10th, 2018

Although PTSD is usually associated with military veterans who were subjected to extreme trauma and frightening life-and-death situations, anyone can develop PTSD, including children. The National Center for PTSD estimates that seven out of 100 people in the US will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. You...