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Archive for February, 2013


Psychostimulants on Campus: the good and the ugly

Our first episode of Psych Gumbo for WTUL Radio, New Orleans on 91.5FM. Click above to listen!



Men Suffer from Eating Disorders Too


In recognition of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week, I wanted to highlight an important yet often ignored aspect of eating disorders. The number of men suffering from body image issues and eating disorders is growing, however, many men do not seek treatment because eating disorders are often viewed as a “female issue.” Recently at Paris Fashion Week, dangerously thin appearing male models were seen walking the runway, launching a social media firestorm discussing men and eating disorders. More men are also suffering from “muscle dysmorphia.” Learn more in my article from The Hullabaloo:

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Other Links:

National Association for Males with Eating Disorders

“Manorexia” on the rise: men with eating disorders face stigma with getting treatment

More Men Suffering from Eating Disorders


College Psychostimulant Abuse Proves Dangerous


Psychostimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, are one of the most abused legal drugs on college campuses. These drugs have become very prevalent within the college culture nationwide, particularly in high achieving students in professional schools. Although they prove to be helpful when properly prescribed to ADHD patients, they can also be very dangerous to those who misuse them. Check out my article in The Hullabaloo to learn more: 

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Welcome to Psych Gumbo!

Psych Gumbo is a health column and radio show focusing on mental health topics for the Tulane and New Orleans community. Founded in February 2013, Psych Gumbo’s mission is to openly discuss important mental health topics using accurate and evidence based information in order to educate our community.

Mental illness is very common in the United States. In any given year, one-quarter of adults are diagnosable for a mental disorder, however, only 36% of those with mental illness are receiving any type of treatment. We hope to do our part in educating our community and encourage readers and listeners to become a part of our mental health discussion!

The radio show airs monthly on WTUL Radio, New Orleans on 91.5 FM and is co-hosted by Dr. Holly Peek and Dr. Mordecai Potash. The newspaper column is written by Dr. Peek and is published twice monthly inThe Hullabaloo, Tulane’s nationally award-winning student newspaper.

We eagerly welcome comments and questions from readers and listeners of Psych Gumbo!

A note from Holly:

In 2011 while a medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine, I began Holly on Health. Holly on Health was a radio show, newspaper column, and blog dedicated to the health issues of Generation Y. As a medical student with a background in broadcast journalism, I thoroughly enjoyed using the media to educate the community about important health topics. After graduating medical school in May of 2012, I decided to stay in New Orleans to continue my training as a psychiatry resident at Tulane. As a physician journalist and a psychiatrist-in-training, I am looking forward to talking about important health issues, in particular, mental health.

Psych Gumbo is a new radio show on WTUL New Orleans 91.5 FM that I will be co-hosting with psychiatrist, Dr. Mordecai Potash. The talk radio show will focus on mental health issues at Tulane and in the New Orleans community. I will also be continuing my health column in The Hullabaloo, and focusing on mental health issues of college students. I look forward to starting Psych Gumbo and always welcome questions and comments about anything and everything mental health!

- Dr. Holly Peek, M.D., M.P.H.