Study – Depression May Reduce Life Expectancy

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Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist, maintains a psychotherapy practice in Rockville, Maryland. Having practiced for more than 30 years, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D. has experience treating clients with depression.

According to research published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in October of 2017, depression correlates to an increased risk of early death. This holds true for men and is increasingly true for women, as reported in the 60-year Stirling County Study. The study, which began in 1952 in the Atlantic coastal provinces of Canada, evaluated data from participants in the periods from 1952 to 1967, 1968 to 1990, and 1991 to 2011.

Statistics revealed a connection between depression and increased mortality risk in men for all three periods. However, when analyzing data from female participants, researchers found the same correlation only from 1992 through 2011. Some researchers speculated that this change might be related to an increase in the expectations and responsibilities placed on women in recent decades.

For both genders, suicide and other unnatural causes accounted for only a small percentage of deaths. This suggests that the increased risk of mortality is more likely attributable to an increased susceptibility to disease among individuals with depression. Researchers believe that this correlation may be attributable to a diminished ability of patients with depression to maintain healthy lifestyles or to manage chronic health conditions once they arise.

The data does show that treatment for depression may lead to better management of illness. Researchers assert that this knowledge should serve as a motivator for primary care physicians to perform regular depression screenings as part of standard preventive care, particularly for patients who have a history of clinical depression.


Blue Cross & Blue Shield – GeoBlue


Psychology professional Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of experience in areas ranging from family and marriage therapy to sexual dysfunction and anger management. Several insurance companies, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, cover patient treatment at Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D.’s private practice.

Established in 1929 to provide a partnership between low-income patients and local hospitals, Blue Cross began at Baylor University in Dallas, Texas, with the intention of making healthcare more affordable for patients. Blue Shield began in the Pacific Northwest in the early 1900s to help provide medical care for the loggers and miners. The companies began to work together in the 1940s and eventually consolidated in 1982. Today, Blue Cross Blue Shield leads the healthcare industry with innovative products and services, including GeoBlue.

GeoBlue allows multinational employers the ability to offer employees healthcare coverage from a trusted name in the healthcare industry no matter where they live. Blue Cross Blue Shield covers patients at more than 1.2 million medical providers in its global network, offering reliable international healthcare in more than 190 countries.

Coping with the First Weeks of Grief


Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D.
Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D.

For many years, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has been a practicing psychotherapist in Rockville, Maryland. Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has treated numerous individuals struggling with the effects of grief and loss.

When a loved one dies, the bereaved person’s mind often goes into a state of shock and detachment, which serves to separate him or her from the reality of the loss. To many people, this feels like numbness or living in a fog. Sometimes, they feel that they are moving through the world on autopilot, making final arrangements without fully experiencing what is going on.

Many people find this period of numbness extremely frustrating, as it causes them to struggle with daily tasks, to focus on work or school requirements. It is important to remember, however, that shock functions as an adaptive mechanism that allows the reality of the situation to set in slowly. Many people find that the pain of loss descends gradually as the numbness dissipates so that the full experience of grief does not arrive all at once but in manageable stages.

Experts recommend that a grieving person make his or her way through numbness and detachment slowly and with plenty of self-compassion. For some it may be necessary to take some time away from the world to rest, though most people find it more soothing to actively participate in funeral arrangements and proceedings or partake with post funeral bereavement rituals in a group to the best of their ability, so that when the fog lifts, they feel others understood and supported them, that they did not forget their loved one and had a chance to share their grief with caring family and friends.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Symptoms and Treatment

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

A Maryland-based psychologist with more than three decades of experience, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., assists couples, children, families, and groups by way of his private practice in Rockville. Over the course of his career, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., has helped patients work through a variety of issues, including anxiety, depression, emotional dysregulation, and identity issues. He also invested much work with people suffering from obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD).

As the name suggests, OCD is a disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. Although many people will experience overly focused thoughts and deal with repetitive behaviors from time to time, this does not mean that they have OCD. Those who do have the disorder encounter obsessions and compulsions so extreme that they alter their daily lives and suffer distressing feelings such as fear, doubt, disgust, and anxiety.

While obsessions and compulsions usually go hand-in-hand, it’s important to note that people with OCD may experience only obsessive symptoms or only compulsive symptoms. Common obsessions among those with the disorder include unwanted or extreme sexual or religious thoughts as well as fears of contamination, imperfection, losing control, or harming others. In many cases, these obsessions lead to compulsive behaviors such as constant cleaning, repetitive talk or actions, continuous ordering and arranging, and persistent checking.

Symptoms of OCD typically manifest fully for the first time in adolescence or early adulthood, but many with the disorder begin to experience symptoms in childhood. Typical treatment may include a combination of medication and cognitive behavioral therapy. OCD patients often have other co-existing conditions that also require treatment.

A Brief Overview of Viktor Frankl’s Life and Work

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Viktor Frankl

With a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Uzi Ben-Ami has served as a licensed psychologist in Maryland for more than 30 years. Outside of his Rockville, Maryland-based practice, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., spends his free time traveling, listening to classical music, and reading. He particularly enjoys the work of Viktor Frankl.

An Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl survived the Holocaust after spending more than three years in concentration camps, during World War II. Following the war, Frankl continued his work in neurology, and psychology – much of which was related to his Holocaust experiences. he worked from 1946-70, as the director of the Vienna Neurological Policlinic. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at several American universities, including Harvard.

A prolific writer throughout his lifetime, Frankl authored 40 books that now appear in nearly 50 languages. Much of his written work focuses on logotherapy and existential analysis, a form of psychotherapy he developed which emphasizes the role of a sense of meaning and purpose in life. One of Frankl’s last books, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, was named one of the 10 most influential books in America. Frankl is also listed with Freud and Adler as one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Since his death in 1997, dozens of authors have published books about his life and work.