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Syed I. Ali, M.D. and
Fatima Z. Ali, M.D.

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November 14th, 2013

Dr. Fatima Ali talks seasonal depression with the Chicago Tribune

The holidays are a festive, joyous time of year full of gift-giving, good laughs, and fun with friends and family. And then… there are the holiday blues.

It’s not unusual to feel overwhelmed, stressed, even depressed during the holidays. But thankfully, there are ways to cope with it.

In an article for the Chicago Tribune (read it here), Dr. Fatima Ali explained this phenomenon in greater detail, and gave some thoughts on how to deal with it in a healthy, productive way.

There are a variety of factors that might cause seasonal depression, but a big one is stress. That’s anything from planning major family vacations to cooking dinners for 20 people to wading through crowded shopping malls just to buy gifts.

On dealing with those stresses, Dr. Ali says a little bit of planning helps.

What are the social activities going on, work activities or financial commitments for gifts? Start a little earlier in terms of planning what you’re going to do for the holidays if visiting family.

Don’t forget yourself. When you’re stressed, the first thing that happens is you forget yourself. Take at least 5-10 minutes in the day where you are just going to stay put and calm your mind.

Dr. Ali offers a lot of helpful information in the article, which you can read here.

And from all of us at Dupage Mental Health, we hope you have a restful, healthy, and hopefully less-stressed holiday season!

May 19th, 2013

Women going through divorce need time, space, and access to resources, says Dr. Fatima Ali

Dr. Fatima Ali recently spoke with The Naperville Sun about the emotional impact divorce has on a woman.

In the article, Dr. Ali suggests that a woman considering divorce should take the time and emotional space they need in order to make the right decision for her.

“Family and friends tend to be biased and sometimes they rush you into a decision that you may regret later on,” Dr. Ali told the Sun. She added that seeking professional help from therapists and support groups can help women not rush into divorce, but instead can help them examine all possible interventions before making that big decision.

July 30th, 2012

Dr. Syed Ali examines off-label prescribing in newly published article

When should physicians practice off-label prescribing, if at all? That’s the question at the heart of Dr. Syed Ali’s recently published article in the July 2012 issue of Current Psychiatry.

Citing extensive research, Dr. Ali and co-author Dr. Saira R. Ajmal offer a primer on when it is appropriate for psychiatrists to prescribe medications in a manner different from that approved by the FDA, otherwise known as off-label prescribing. Physicians should take caution when considering the off-label route, by weighing the potential risks and benefits on an individual case by case basis.

For more information, read the entire article here.

December 8th, 2010

Valley View School District welcomes Dr. Syed Ali to speak on oppositional defiance

On December 10, Dr. Syed Ali will lecture the staff of Valley View School District CUSD 365U on how best to identify and deal with oppositional-defiant students. This lecture is by invitation only to CUSD 365U staff.

Dr. Ali is also Principal Investigator in a clinical research trial on ADHD, and has spoken at numerous schools on this and related issues. He welcomes the opportunity to speak at no charge to community organizations.

December 8th, 2010

Dr. Fatima Z. Ali receives Compassion Recognition Award

On November 19, Fatima Z. Ali, M.D. was honored with the prestigious Compassion Recognition Award for 2010 at Sierra Tucson’s “Gratitude for Giving” Breakfast. The event took place in Chicago and was attended by clinicians and service providers in the field of eating disorders.

In her introduction speech, Carla Chludzinski, LCSW, Clinical Outreach Coordinator for Sierra Tucson, spoke of Dr. Ali’s selfless service to her clients over the years and her outstanding contribution in the field of eating disorders.

Dr. Ali co-directs the Eating Disorder Program at Linden Oaks Hospital.