Alex Dimitriu, MD

Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine

Dr. Alex was quoted in HuffPost, MSN Lifestyle, Yahoo Lifestyle about taking Benadryl to sleep

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Read This If You Take Benadryl To Help You Sleep

Experts discuss whether it's safe to rely on the allergy medicine.

By Krissy Brady, 10/17/2018

Fewer things are more frustrating than an out-of-whack sleep cycle. When you’re tired by day and wired by night, it can get to the point where you’ll try just about anything to get a solid night’s sleep ― including taking Benadryl, a drowsiness-inducing antihistamine, whether you’re experiencing allergies or not.

Click HERE for the full article on HuffPost, HERE for the article on MSN Lifestyle and HERE for the article on Yahoo Lifestyle.

Dr. Alex was quoted in Sharecare about sleep and depression

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Are Sleep Issues and Depression Connected? Two Experts Weigh In

Oftentimes, it’s difficult to tell which one comes first.

By Madeleine Burry, OCTOBER 12, 2018

Sleep is far more than a luxury, even if we treat it that way, skipping shuteye in favor of answering work emails, binging TV shows, or even waking up early for a workout session. Those nightly hours of rest and recharge are essential for good health. In fact, research finds that people who clock less than seven hours of sleep are at a higher risk of conditions like heart disease, asthma and diabetes. And troublingly, less sleep is linked to a higher risk of depression, too.

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Dr. Alex was quoted in Healthline about antidepressant withdrawl

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‘This is Us’ Takes on Antidepressant Withdrawal. How Serious Is It?

Experts say people can face serious side effects if they abruptly stop taking their antidepressant medications.

Written by Kimberly Holland on October 10, 2018

What happens if you suddenly stop taking your antidepressant medication?

NBC’s hit television series “This Is Us” is tackling that issue and the serious side effects that go along with antidepressant withdrawal.

Click HERE for the full article on Healthline.

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthNewsDigest about sleep and memory

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Sleep and Memory: How They Work Together

( - Menlo Park, CA, October 9, 2018 – “Sleep on it.” We've long known that a good night's sleep confers important benefits on mood, alertness, concentration, and judgment. Research over more than a century has also established that sleep plays an important role in memory retention. More recently, studies have begun to establish more precisely how the connection between sleep and memory works. “Sleep and memory are both mysterious,” says psychiatrist and sleep specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu. “Exciting research is being done to unearth the secrets of the connection between them. We've known that the quantity and quality of sleep affect our ability to learn and remember in two ways. First, adequate sleep enables us to concentrate so we can learn efficiently. Then, sleep itself is needed to consolidate memories of what has been learned. Now neuroscientists are learning how different facets of memory and different stages of sleep work together.”

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Dr. Alex was published in HealthNewsDigest about "Relationship ADHD"

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'Relationship ADHD': Have We Lost the Instinct for Commitment?

( - Menlo Park, CA, September 28, 2018 – Relationships have always been complicated. It takes time and effort to develop trust and intimacy and the deep love that sustains a couple over many years and through the rough patches. It takes sacrifice and compromise and putting another person's wants and needs ahead of your own. These are timeless truths. Yet it seems that the ways in which relationships develop – or fail to develop – have changed. Psychiatrist Dr. Alex Dimitriu observes that his dating clients find that prospective partners come and go before either person has even had a chance to evaluate the potential for a lasting relationship. “What's going on?” he asks. “Do we have 'relationship attention deficit disorder'? Have our lives become so fragmented and our attention so distracted that we can no longer focus long enough to form a strong bond with a potential life partner?”

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest.

Dr. Alex was quoted in Men's Health

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7 Horrifying Side Effects of Sleep Deprivation

Remember when your Sim didn’t get enough sleep so he kept falling over? Yeah, it’s kind of like that.

BY Kelsey Butler, SEP 25, 2018

Whether it’s due to your loud upstairs neighbors or your snoring bedmate, pretty much everyone has experienced at least a few nights of tossing and turning. Unfortunately, you may have inadvertently thrown your body out of whack, as skimping on sleep can result in more than just heavy eyelids the following day.

Click HERE for the full article on Men’s Health.

Dr. Alex was quoted in VICE about all-nighters

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What Pulling an All-Nighter Does to Your Mind and Body

Here's the bare minimum amount of sleep you need before a big exam.

By Nick Keppler, Sep 17 2018

You had a whole week to prepare for your Comparative Lit exam—but then, well, Assassin’s Creed happened. (Lots of Assassin’s Creed.) Now your only hope is the fallback option that college students have relied upon since the days of affordable tuition: the all-nighter. You go to the common room with two Red Bulls, a bag of books weighing as much as a car tire, and a laptop. You will mentally chain yourself to a desk and finish everything you’ve put off until the sun rises. But then you remember from Psychology 101 that sleep is, like, important. Aren’t you destroying the cognitive capacity you need to get through this year with at least a 2.6 by depriving yourself of it?

Click HERE for the full article on VICE.

Dr. Alex was quoted in Bustle about getting too much sleep

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Is It Possible To Sleep Too Much? 6 Things That Happen When You Get Too Much Rest

By Carina Wolff, 9/13/18

We all know how important sleep is, so it would feel correct to assume that the more sleep you get, the better. However, it is possible to have too much of a good thing, and this includes sleep. There are a number of surprising things that can happen when you sleep too much, which is important to keep in mind if you're someone who likes to doze off deep into the day. Although this doesn't give you an excuse to stay up all night, you also don't want to overdo it when it comes to getting rest.

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle.

Dr. Alex was quoted in Bustle about showering to help with sleep

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5 Fascinating Shower Tips For Anyone Who Has Trouble Sleeping

By CARINA WOLFF, 9/12/18

When it comes to getting a good night's sleep, you might be focusing more on your bedroom atmosphere or avoiding caffeine too late in the day. However, you also might want to start paying attention to your bathing habits, as there are a number of shower tips that can help you if you have trouble sleeping. Since showers can change our body temperature, and temperature plays a role in our body's natural circadian rhythm, you can change up your shower habits to help encourage better sleep at night and wakefulness in the morning.

"Any drop in body temperature can often help with deepening our sleep through the night," psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu tells Bustle. "There is a substantial body of research that shows if you warm up, and then cool down through the night, sleep gets deeper. Meaning, we spend more time in deep sleep rather than light sleep when we cool down. Half of this involves warming up, and a hot shower or bath before bed can accentuate this drop in temperature."

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle.

Dr. Alex was published in Alternative Medicine Magazine

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9 Tips for Better Sleep

September 2018

The exciting research in sleep science nowadays comes from labs 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 risks memory loss, cognitive decline, and even Alzheimer’s disease.

If you regularly struggle to get to sleep or stay asleep, improving sleep habits can restore a restful night’s sleep. Following are a few tips for improving sleep:

Click HERE for the full article on Alternative Medicine Magazine.

Dr. Alex was published in Alternative Medicine Magazine

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How Sleep impacts Brain Health

September 2018

As important to your health as good nutrition and regular exercise, the consequences of missing sleep begin with diminished daytime function: mood, energy, concentration and reaction time. But, sleepless nights have implications well beyond making you sleepy the next day. Over the long term, it contributes to obesity and the risk of serious illness. Beyond its interplay with brain health issues such as dementia and Alzheimer’s, sleep in healthy, young people also plays a key role in memory formation and consolidation. Many younger patients with insomnia, or insufficient time sleeping, report significant short-term memory problems.

Click HERE for the full article on Alternative Medicine Magazine.

Dr. Alex was quoted in MD Alert, Reuters Health, MDLinx

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Obstructive sleep apnea severity tied to lipid levels

AUGUST 30, 2018, By Marilynn Larkin

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) severity is independently associated with cholesterol and triglyceride levels, researchers say.

Dr. Ludger Grote of Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenberg and colleagues conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 8,592 patients in the European Sleep Apnea Database without physician-diagnosed hyperlipidemia or reported use of a lipid-lowering drug. Patients' mean age was 50, and 69% were men. Mean BMI was 30.8 kg/m2 and mean apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) was 25.7 events per hour.

Click HERE for the full article on MDLinx. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in Bustle

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6 Mistakes You’re Making When Napping

By Carina Wolff, 8/29/18

Some people live for their daily naps. After all, they can be rejuvenating and the perfect break during an exhausting day. But if you're just plopping on the couch and sleeping until you see fit, you may not be doing it right. There are a number of mistakes you can make when napping, and although they might seem harmless, they can leave you feeling groggy and low-energy and even affect your sleep schedule later on. Naps can be a healthy part of your day, but it's important you follow a few simple rules.

Sleep depends on quality just as much as quantity, and it's important to be aware of the different phases of sleep as well. "There is deep sleep and light sleep, and our bodies go through cycles of this every night — about every 90 minutes," psychiatrist and sleep medicine specialist Dr. Alex Dimitriu tells Bustle. "Not all naps are equal, because depending on the timing of the nap, we may have more light sleep or deep sleep. Longer naps tend to bring us into deeper sleep, from which it can be harder to wake up."

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in HealthNewsDigest

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Sleep Issues: Restless Legs Syndrome and Your Sleep
( - Menlo Park, CA, August 23, 2018 – For millions of Americans, a good night's sleep is an elusive goal. Insomniacs are plagued by a persistent combination of difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking and difficulty getting back to sleep, waking too early, and not feeling rested on waking. Chronic insomnia can have serious implications for quality of life, resulting in daytime sleepiness, irritability, impaired job performance, accidents, and health risks.

Click HERE for the full article on HealthNewsDigest. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in VICE

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This Is What It's Like to Live With Agitated Depression

Agitated depression—or “melancholia agitate"—has been described as a mixed state in which some symptoms of depression exist with those of other psychiatric ailments.

By Nick Keppler, Aug 15 2018, 12:29pm

For Steven, a “bender” began with a scenario like this: He would be watching a movie at his girlfriend’s apartment. Then the thought hit him: He had done something wrong at his job—or just something inadequate. Steven works in finance, in security and regulation compliance; there are always things he could have given more scrutiny.

“My girlfriend would be talking, but I wouldn’t hear what she was saying,” says Steven (who requested that his last name and location be withheld because he feared possible termination from his job). “I would just be thinking, 'You are lazy. You are stupid. You can’t pretend anymore. You are a piece of shit and you don’t have a plan.’”

Click HERE for the full article on VICE. 

Dr. Alex was quoted on Energy Times

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Ways to Deal with Panic Attacks

Fear, trembling, sweating, pounding head; racing heart: A panic attack may not kill you, but it certainly feels possible. Psychiatrist Alex Dimitriu, MD, has a simple recommendation: breathe. ““Physicians have long known that the relaxation, visualization—and breathing—techniques taught in yoga and used in meditation help many patients manage their anxiety, including panic disorder,” says Dimitriu, founder of the Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine, Alex Dimitriu, M.D. Center in California.

Click HERE for the full article on Energy Times. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in INSIDER

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11 things you should know before going off anti-anxiety medication

By Arielle Tschinkel, August 8, 2018

If you struggle with anxiety , you know just how difficult it can be to find the best combination of coping tools to help effectively manage your anxiety.

Mental health is so important, and seeking professional help — which may include medication, talk therapy, or both — is a crucial step in helping to manage anxiety, and it often takes sufferers a very long time to find a strategy that works for them.

But whether you've been on anti-anxiety medication for a while — or aren't sure the ones you're taking are working properly — or have been taking them for a short time to manage an acute bout of anxiety, it's absolutely crucial that you speak with your doctor before stopping any medications you're on, no matter how small your particular dose or how infrequently you use it.

INSIDER spoke with three psychiatrists to find out what you can expect as you wean off or stop taking anti-anxiety meds.

Click HERE for the full article on INSIDER. 

Dr. Alex was quoted in Bustle

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When You Don’t Get Enough Sleep


If you’ve ever had insomnia, you know how frustrating it is not being able to fall asleep. Plus, all the pressure — you need to be up soon for work and really want to sleep more than just a few hours. Aside from the exhaustion factor, there are many things that happen when you don’t get enough sleep.

If you’re not sleeping enough, you’re not alone: According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), approximately one-third of American adults aren’t sleeping enough either. Mattress company Reverie, too, recently surveyed 1,000 Americans and found that more than half of adults (57 percent) surveyed feel they don’t sleep enough and wish they got more sleep (58 percent).

Click HERE for the full article on Bustle. 


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