Alex Dimitriu, MD

Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine

Dr. Alex was featured on RadioMD

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Are You Having a Panic Attack?

Difficulty breathing, sweating, trembling, heart pounding, fear... sounds like you might be having a panic attack.

Panic disorder has a genetic component, but panic attacks can occur for anyone. Stress precipitates panic attacks. Someone who is already stressed is prone to panic attacks. Many people suffer quietly.

Panic attacks are short-lived and intense, lasting no more than a couple of hours. Rule out any medical causes right away. Blood work and heart observations will help rule out medical conditions that could be disguised by a panic attack.

You will not die from a panic attack. Behavioral and pharmacological treatments are available for those who experience frequent panic attacks.

Listen HERE as Dr. Alex Dimitriu joins Melanie Cole, MS, to discuss how to handle panic attacks.

Dr. Alex was quoted in Bustle

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7 Insomnia Cures That Sleep Experts Swear By

By CARINA WOLFF, 7/16/18

If you're someone who has suffered from insomnia, you've likely tried everything under the sun to help yourself fall asleep at night. Counting sheep may not help, but there are a number of other different cures for insomnia that sleep specialists swear by that might be worth a shot. Sometimes, the answers to your sleep problems just involve some out-of-the-box solutions, and who better to advise you on these odd habits then the sleep experts themselves?

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Is It the Blues or Is It Clinical Depression?

( - Menlo Park, CA, July 12, 2018 – We all feel down, or blue, or sad, at times. Sadness is a natural human emotion, usually triggered by a loss, disappointment, or major life change. According to psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu, this sadness is generally short-lived and dissipates over time as we adjust to a new situation. “We often casually refer to this situational sadness as depression,” he says, “but it is important to distinguish it from clinical depression, a much more severe and long-lasting condition that has serious implications for long-term mental and physical health and must be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.”

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthLine

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Is ‘Sleep Water’ the Trick to Getting Some Shut-Eye?

Written by Jessica Peralta on July 10, 2018

Here’s what you need to know about this popular new sleep aid.

Many of us have had at least one incident of lying in bed staring at the ceiling during the early morning hours, unable to fall asleep.

In fact, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, 30 to 35 percent of adults complain of insomnia.

It’s an issue that has sparked a robust market of sleep supplements, aids, and online tips promising a better night’s rest. One of the latest is a drinkable “sleep aid” product in a can called Som Sleep. The drink contains L-theanineGABA, and melatonin — ingredients often linked to relaxation and sleep.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthLine. 

Dr. Alex was published in ThirdAge for Healthy Living

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Better Sleep Can Prevent Cognitive Decline

by ALEX DIMITRIU, MD, July 2019

Sleep is as important to our health as good nutrition and regular exercise. Not getting enough sleep is detrimental to daytime functioning – to our mood, energy, concentration and reaction time – and over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. But sleepless nights have implications well beyond making you sleepy the next day. Some of the most exciting research in sleep science is studying the effects of sleep on the brain and what happens when you deprive your brain of restorative sleep. New research suggests that sleeping less than seven to eight hours a night can be linked to memory loss, cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

Click HERE for the full article on ThirdAge. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthLine

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Common Mood Stabilizing Drug Can Increase Risk of Birth Defects

Written by Ann Pietrangelo on July 2, 2018

Lithium in the first trimester of pregnancy can affect the health of an unborn child, but doctors say stopping this medication can also be risky.
Babies of mothers who take lithium in the first trimester of pregnancy are at higher risk of major congenital malformations.

But not as high as researchers expected.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthLine. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Suddenly Fearful and Don’t Know Why? Relax and Breathe

( - Menlo Park, CA, June 26, 2018 – Suddenly overcome by fear, trembling, sweating, head pounding; heart racing? Don’t panic!  Relax – and breathe. That’s the advice from psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, who says a focus on slow, deep breathing can help patients get through a panic attack.

His comments follow research reported in the April 2018 edition of Psychophysiology by Trinity College Dublin, demonstrating a direct, neurophysiological link between respiration and the brain. “The study indicates respiration can prompt release of a chemical messenger, noadrenaline, in the brain, and this chemical apparently plays an important role in enhancing the brain’s overall health,” says Dr. Dimitriu, found of California-based Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine.

Click HERE for the full article on HelthNewsDigest. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in SheKnows

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Tips for Handling the Most Toxic People in Your Life (Who You Can't Just Cut Out)

by Elizabeth Yuko, Jun 25, 2018
When it comes to dealing with toxic relationships, the most obvious solution is to cut ties with the person. This is certainly easier said than done when it comes to friends, people you’ve dated or acquaintances, but what if cutting someone out completely is impossible? These are situations involving close family members who you have no choice but to interact with or potentially a boss or coworker.

So, what can we do when we have to continue to have someone in our life even though we know they’re detrimental to our own mental health and well-being? While there’s no easy solution, we spoke to a few mental health professionals who were able to provide us with some tips for coping with toxic people we can’t just cut out of our lives.

Click HERE for the full article on SheKnows. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in Brit + Co

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Sleeping in on the Weekends Could Be Good for Your Life Expectancy

Natasha Lavender · Jun 23, 2018

If your weekday routine consists of dragging yourself out of bed after less than five hours of sleep, a recent study is giving you the go-ahead to turn off your alarm this weekend and sleep in. Conducted in Sweden with over 43,000 participants over 13 years, the study from the Journal of Sleep Research found that people under 65 who had five hours of sleep or less on weeknights but made up for it by sleeping for nine hours or longer on weekends had no increased risk of mortality compared to people in the same age group who slept for six to seven hours every night.

Click HERE for the full article on Brit + Co. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in Westchester Wellness Magazine

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Lack of Sleep Impairs Brain, Promotes Disease Psychiatrist and Sleep Expert Dr. Alex Dimitriu Offers Tips for Healthier ZZZZ’s

June 2018 

“To sleep, perchance to dream, ay, there’s the rub.” Unfortunately, the lament of Shakespeare’s Hamlet remains all too true for as many as 70 million Americans who experience some type of sleeping disorder, says noted psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist, Alex Dimitriu, MD.  

“Getting a sufficient amount of sleep is closely associated with good physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Most adults require between seven hours and nine hours of sleep daily,” says Dr. Dimitriu, founder of Menlo Park Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine center. Yet, the American Sleep Association (ASA) indicates that 35 percent of adults in the United States report achieving fewer than seven hours of sleep a night.

Click HERE for the full article on Westchester Wellness Magazine. 


CONDITIONS TREATED: anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, insomnia, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant depression.

REGIONS COVERED:  We serve clients of the Bay Area, including the communities of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos, Mountain View, Portola Valley, Atherton, Sunnyvale, and San Jose