Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS is fellow in consult liaison psychiatry at the University of Washington and is completing her second year as an APA Leadership Fellow. She is a graduate of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD Program where her research focused on the biological mechanisms of eating disorders, looking at the effect of dieting on anxiety and fear learning in mice. She plans to continue to work with individuals struggling with eating issues after she completes training. She has a strong interest in women's mental health, including perinatal psychiatry and LGBTQ issues.
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Dr. Pat Consults: Dementia—Symptoms, Risk Factors, and Diagnosis

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

There are a number of risk factors for developing dementia. These can be thought of broadly in two categories: those that you can do something about and those that you cannot. Risk factors you can’t change include aging—risk dramatically rises with age, with more than 50 percent of those older than 85 being affected—and genetics.

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Emotional Health · Health

PTSD: Another Name for the Old Invisible Wound of War

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

Post-traumatic stress disorder is the modern manifestation of what we have long recognized as the effect that war can have on a soldier’s mental health. (It was called “war neurosis” during the French Revolution, “soldier’s heart” in the Civil War, and “shell shock” in World War I.)

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Dr. Pat Consults: Ten Solutions for Poor Sleep

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

If you optimize your sleep habits and are still struggling, consider seeing a provider who specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBTi). CBTi takes a closer look at the behaviors and thought processes surrounding sleep, and has been shown to be effective for those with sleep issues.

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Alternative Treatments for Depression (Dr. Pat Consults)

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

A series of well-controlled studies showed SAMe to be as effective as, and better tolerated than, the older tricyclic antidepressants, and the majority of studies show it to be more effective than placebo. It can be used on its own for the treatment of depression.

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Dr. Pat Consults: “Is Marijuana as Harmless as My Son Says?”

By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D. MS
By Megan Riddle, M.D. Ph.D.

"My son, a college sophomore, tells me that marijuana is far safer than cigarettes or alcohol, with basically no health side effects. Is it really as harmless as he says? Although I admit that I tried it briefly when I was about his age, I worry about what sort of long-term effects it might have, and I want him to be informed."

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