Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Social Anxiety

Anxiety and other mental health disorders affect millions of individuals worldwide. In Canada alone, anxiety affects at least five percent of households. Dr. Ali Ghahary, a physician in Vancouver, treats many patients living with mental illness, including social anxiety. 

Social anxiety is one of many common anxiety disorders affecting individuals today. It Is characterized by fear of social situations and interactions with others, often resulting in the patient worrying that they may be judged, talked about or humiliated – even when that worry is unjust. It can be a debilitating disorder to live with and affect many aspects of one’s life, including personal relationships, school and/or work attendance, and the ability to perform normal, basic, everyday activities, such as grocery shopping, banking, attending doctor’s appointments, etcetera.

While people with social anxiety do want to participate in social activities, make friends, and live a normal life, the fear that comes with the disorder almost always makes it difficult for them to feel comfortable enough to do that. As a result, others usually describe individuals living with social anxiety as seeming withdrawn, disinterested, and unfriendly – albeit not by choice.

Varying scenarios, including being introduced to others, having to speak in public, and making phone calls, can trigger social anxiety. The symptoms that often accompany society anxiety are feelings of nervousness, heart palpitations, trembling, facial flushing, dry mouth, and panic attacks. Individuals with social anxiety can also develop dysmorphia – a condition in which they perceive themselves in a negative light. 

Individuals with social anxiety almost always realize that their thoughts and feelings are abnormal, though without proper treatment they are usually unable to control it. In order to properly diagnose and alleviate the symptoms of social anxiety, Dr. Ali Ghahary will often recommend that patients be on medication (such as Ativan or other anti-anxiety drugs) in combination with attending counselling sessions with the primary focus being cognitive behavioural therapy. Cognitive behavioural therapy works by changing the patient’s way of thinking, in turn making them feel more comfortable, over time, in social situations.

Anxiety does not have to ruin your life. If you have concerns about your mental health, do not hesitate to reach out to Dr. Ali Ghahary at Brentwood Medical Clinic. He takes a compassionate, gentle approach when dealing with vulnerable patients. You can find Dr. Ghahary’s walk-in schedule by clicking here.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Doctor-Patient Relationship

Trust plays a very important role in the doctor-patient relationship. It allows for physicians and patients to communicate openly and honestly, making way for accurate diagnosing, treatment, and continued care.

In addition to providing patients with exceptional medical care, Dr. Ali Ghahary also uses a compassionate and gentle approach when dealing with patient's healthcare needs. As a result, he has become one of the top-rated physicians in the city of Vancouver.

For more information on the role of a family physician, visit Dr. Ali Ghahary's website. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Signs and Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

The orange ribbon signifies Multiple Sclerosis awareness

Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic condition that affects the central nervous system such as the brain, spinal cord and optic nerve. While MS affects everyone differently, below are some of the most common signs and symptoms associated with the disease.

  • Fatigue
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Muscle spasms, stiffness and weakness
  • Pain
  • Vision problems
  • Mobility problems
  • Lack of concentration
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Speech problems
  • Bladder and bowel problems
For more information on MS, visit Dr. Ali Ghahary's website at

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gluten-Free Foods

If you suffer from Celiac Disease, it is important to maintain a diet that is gluten-free. Below is an example of some gluten-free foods. 

  • Rice
  • Corn
  • Tapioca
  • Beans
  • Potato
  • Quinoa
  • Flax
  • Fruits and vegetables
  • Meat and poultry
  • Fish and seafood
  • Nuts
  • Dairy

You can find more information on Celiac Disease and some of the common symptoms that are associated with it on Ali Ghahary's website at

Thursday, May 11, 2017

When to Worry About Tiredness

Tiredness is a common feeling we all experience. However, there are times where it may actually be indicative of a serious problem and require treatment.

For more information on the health conditions that are commonly associated with fatigue, visit Ali Ghahary's blog at

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 2, 2017