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Dr. Behzad Ahkami, MD

Psychiatry & Neurology | Addiction Medicine

Dr. Behzad Ahkami is a psychiatrist practicing in Wayne, NJ. Dr. Ahkami is a medical doctor specializing in the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Ahkami diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Ahkami may treat patients through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic mediations, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Ahkami treats conditions like depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
49 years Experience
Dr. Behzad Ahkami, MD
  • Wayne, NJ
  • Meshed Univ, Med Sch (Ferdowsi Univ), Meshed, Iran
  • Accepting new patients

Can one suffer from anger while weaning off from smoking?

Yes, it is related to emotional withdrawal from nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are physical and emotional. Physical withdrawals such as headaches, fatigued, increased READ MORE
Yes, it is related to emotional withdrawal from nicotine. Withdrawal symptoms of nicotine are physical and emotional. Physical withdrawals such as headaches, fatigued, increased appetite (gaining weight), craving, coughing.
Emotional withdrawals: anxiety, insomnia and depression, IRRITABILITY and ANGER are part of depression. It should be noted that most patients resumed smoking as it takes care of their emotional symptoms, therefore, it is very important that family be aware of the patient's problems and be supportive and encourage the patient to be more consistent.

Is addiction a disease? Is it treated with medication?

Addiction is a chronic mental disease and can be helped with medications and counseling, 12 steps programs such AA, NA, CC, GA, SA. Some patients could suffer from emotional problems READ MORE
Addiction is a chronic mental disease and can be helped with medications and counseling, 12 steps programs such AA, NA, CC, GA, SA. Some patients could suffer from emotional problems and self-medicating, therefore should be first evaluated then have a treatment plan to suit them.

Why is my son so angry after rehab?

It could be related to emotional withdrawal related to their addiction, or he may have dual disorder (depression and drug addiction), therefore he should have a follow-up with READ MORE
It could be related to emotional withdrawal related to their addiction, or he may have dual disorder (depression and drug addiction), therefore he should have a follow-up with a psychiatrist and be medicated for depression plus drug counseling.