Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The Troubling Tide of Suicide and Self Harm Among Children

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

We are well aware of the escalating rate of suicide in teenage girls and young women. Today, suicide is the second leading cause of death in female adolescents and college students. However, less known, but equally critical, is the increase in child self-harm and suicide throughout our country. According to a new study, the percentage […]

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Netflix: How Many Reasons Do You Need?

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

On March 31st of this year, Netflix began streaming a series—13 Reasons Why—in which a teenage girl, Hannah Baker, commits suicide in the first episode. Each of the following one-hour segments showcases a specific student who shamelessly bullied her and ultimately contributed to Hannah’s death. The final episode graphically depicts her suicide: the meticulous planning, […]

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Fat Shaming: The Product of Small People with Big Egos

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Two weeks ago, America went wild over Super bowl 51. Immediately following the big event, MVP Tom Brady had only one thing to worry about: where was that darn jersey. Conversely, halftime entertainer, Lady Gaga, was faced with a far more serious issue: intense fat shaming. Despite the fact that this world-famous singer gave a […]

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Early Identification is Key to Saving Lives

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent research study validated something that treatment professionals have always known: early identification of eating disorders is crucial; and in fact, may be key to saving young lives. According to a six-year study conducted at Newcastle University in the UK, girls and boys with more eating disorder symptoms at age nine also had a […]

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Demon Rum is Killing White Women

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Certain products on the market have an inherent gender bias. The best advertising team in the world cannot make men use feminine hygiene products or buy pantyhose; it just is not going to happen. Which is why when a potential audience “can” be exploited, the advertising community unleashes their best and brightest. This is exactly […]

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Depression: A Worldwide Problem

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The United States, through widespread advocacy and education, is finally moving toward a better understanding of clinical depression. But this psychiatric condition continues to be misunderstood on a global level. According to a study of more than 50,000 people in 21 countries, approximately 350 million individuals are impacted by depression. And yet, the vast majority […]

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Research Reveals Brain Connection in Eating Disorders

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

In the United States today, approximately 30 million people have some type of an eating disorder.  A full two-thirds of these individuals are female. This comes as no shock. Our society in and of itself is far harder on females than males in every possible regard. Advertising, primarily geared to women, say we must purchase […]

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American Doctors: Take The Pledge

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

The expression “it takes a village” is often bandied about; it is used to indicate how difficult it will be to accomplish a task. Today, the United States is in the grip of a very dangerous epidemic.  In order to turn the tide on opioid addiction, it will take far more than a village, it […]

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Cautionary Note for Young Female Athletes

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

Many decades ago, organized sports were synonymous with males; athletics were mostly made up of boys, not girls. Today, teen girls participating in sports is becoming more common.  On so many levels—physical and emotional health, positive self-esteem and body image, improved brain function – this is a positive trend. Every moment a young girl is […]

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New Steps to Treat America’s Opiate Addiction

by Dr. SooMi Lee-Samuel MD

A recent article in the Chicago Tribune reported that the federal government intends to increase access to methadone and buprenorphine. These are drugs currently taken by hundreds of thousands of Americans to fight opiate addiction. These medications help control drug cravings and withdrawal symptoms. The government has spent $94 million to allow health centers to […]

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