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Hysteria, or conversion reaction, in children is dramatic but not as exotic as it seems

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

George Starr, MDConversion disorder, or hysteria, in children can be difficult to diagnose because its symptoms — pains, tics, numbness — appear real, according to George Starr, MD, an emeritus clinical associate professor of pediatrics at Upstate. This disorder is not all that exotic among kids, however, and can be considered as a reaction to stress or anxiety, like an adult’s migraine headache, says Starr, who describes noted mass hysteria outbreaks in Upstate New York and in Atlanta


Checking future doctors for signs of depression, anxiety

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Omar Mousa, MDOmar Mousa, MD, a third-year resident at Upstate, describes his research on a rarely studied topic: depression and anxiety among medical students and medical residents, who are used to checking for such conditions in their patients, not themselves. He explores social stigmas related to depression and stresses the need for those affected to seek help.


New integrated care program at Upstate

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

Steven Blatt, MD and Erica RikerSteven Blatt MD, director of general pediatrics at Upstate, is joined by Erica Riker, MHC, integrated care therapist at ARISE, to talk about a new collaboration to provide children with comprehensive care that focuses on both physical and emotional wellness. The Integrated Care Program is a partnership between Upstate Medical University’s Pediatric and Adolescent Center and ARISE Child & Family Service, available to children who receive services at the Center. For more information, call (315) 464-2046.