Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD

Bio

Dr. Deborah Serani is an expert in depression and trauma. She is a licensed psychologist and certified psychoanalyst in practice for over twenty years in New York. She's the author of the award-winning book, "Living with Depression," and "Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers" by The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group. Dr. Serani is a go-to media expert with interviews in Psychology Today, Newsday, The Chicago Tribune, Glamour Magazine, The Associated Press,and affiliate radio programs at CBS and NPR, just to name a few. She has also worked as a technical advisor for the NBC television show Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.

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  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    How can I improve my sad mood during the holidays?

    If you are having a rough time as the holidays approach, here are some tips to keep your holiday season joyful:

    - put yourself first
    - don't over-schedule your time
    - keep a limit on spending
    - avoid triggers that set old traumas into motion
    - focus on what you can control
    - choose to do things...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    How can I get along with my family over the holidays?

    Family conflicts can resurface during what should be ideal moments. Try to avoid falling into old tensions or old roles. If certain people are problematic, be creative with seating or invite people to different occasions at different times. Set aside differences until after the holidays. If friction...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    How does depression affect my heart?

    The heartache that comes with depression can increase the likelihood of a heart attack. In fact, a recent study showed that a person with a depressive disorder and a heart condition were five times more likely to die than a person with depression alone or a heart condition alone. The actual...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What is social phobia or social anxiety disorder?

    One form of anxiety is called Social Phobia, or Social Anxiety Disorder. As with many psychological conditions, the diagnosis is made when feelings and symptoms that are normal in everyone become amplified to the extent that they affect one's daily life. The condition commonly starts during...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    How can I manage holiday stress?

    Over expectation is the single biggest cause of holiday stress. Unrealistic hopes that everything will be perfect, and everyone will be happy can only lead to disappointment, frustration and even depression. Be realistic and enjoy the true meaning of the holidays, which is about celebration and...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What is bipolar disorder?

    Bipolar Disorder is also known as manic-depression or manic-depressive disorder. This condition is characterized by mood that alternates between periods of depression and periods of elation and excitable behavior known as mania. For people who have Bipolar Disorder, the depressions can be...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    Is seasonal affective disorder a type of depression?

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a subcategory of major depressive disorder and symptoms occur seasonally or in cycles. Symptoms include many of the same symptoms of depression: sadness, anxiety, lost interest in usual activities, withdrawal from social activities and an inability to...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What harm can sexualization of young girls cause?

    According to study by the American Psychological Association, early sexual emphasis or sexualization of girls can undermine a person’s confidence in and comfort with her own body, leading to emotional and self-image problems, such as shame and anxiety. Early sexualization can also lead to issues with...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    Can a psychologist help a patient who is new to dialysis?

    Dialysis is a life sustaining procedure, that requires three long sessions each week. Dialization usually takes about 4 to 5 hours a day, every other day, which put a great level of stress on the quality of your daily life.  Emotional adjustment to dialysis is a primary concern for any kidney patient...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    Is making New Year's resolutions a good idea?

    While a lot of people who make New Year's resolutions generally find them hard to keep, research shows that making resolutions can be useful. People who make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don't make any. Psychologically speaking, the end of a year...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What's the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

    A psychiatrist receives a doctorate in medicine, then spends an additional four years in psychiatric residency studying the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Trained in mostly a biomedical perspective, psychiatrists treat mental illness primarily with medication. Psychologists pursue a doctorate...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    How long does grief last?

    Don't put a time limit on your grief. And don't let others set one for you either. A broken heart leaves many people feeling stunned and stuck. Try to focus on the basics of a daily routine. Get out of bed. Take a shower. Go for a walk. Feel the sun on your face. If you feel fragile, limit your exposure...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

    Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a pattern of significant depressive symptoms that occur and then disappear with the changing of the seasons. SAD is sometimes called winter depression or winter blues. SAD occurs when days get shorter around November and reduce with the onset of Spring....Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    What causes seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

    Melatonin, a sleep-related hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain, has been linked to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). This hormone, which may cause symptoms of depression, is produced at increased levels in the dark. Therefore, when the days are shorter and darker the production of...Read More
  • Dr. Deborah Serani, PsyD - Smithtown, NY - Psychology

    Can a psychologist help a patient dealing with anger and depression?

    A psychologist or other mental health practitioner (for example, social worker, psychiatrist, marriage and family counselor) can help in the diagnosis and treatment of anger and depression. The first step here is to evaluate your symptoms. Is the anger part of the depression? Is it a separate issue aside...Read More