Los Angeles Trauma and PTSD Specialist

When patients are suffering from PTSD and trauma, Dr. Samuel Lee, provides a holistic psychiatric approach to help his patients overcome their challenges and live vibrant lives. He treats patients from his office in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California.

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Dr. Lee helps patients dealing with PTSD and trauma integrate their past traumas and experiences into their story instead of letting the trauma define their story. Working with Dr. Lee, patients will learn methods of letting go of the past, and live in the present moment, where there is no anxiety or depression. By becoming aware of limiting belief systems, letting go of them, then reprogramming our subconscious and conscious minds, Dr. Lee believes we can literally change our lives, by changing our minds.

As part of Dr. Lee’s holistic approach, he has developed the NEWSTART program to help patients overcome their PTSD and trauma: N - nutrition, E - exercise, W - water, S - sunshine, T - time with higher Self, A - fresh Air, R - rest/sleep, T - temperance/self control. Dr. Lee works with each patient to devise a customized treatment plan based on these principles.

The unique approach of this practice will be to help people safely get off of prescription psychiatric medications, not getting started on them. Psychiatric medications will be used only in emergency situations when a patient is having difficulty functioning in society.

PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening event, like combat, a natural disaster, a car accident, or sexual assault.

It's normal to have upsetting memories, feel on edge, or have trouble sleeping after this type of event. At first, it may be hard to do normal daily activities, like go to work, go to school, or spend time with people you care about. But most people start to feel better after a few weeks or months.

If it's been longer than a few months and you're still having symptoms, you may have PTSD. For some people, PTSD symptoms may start later on, or they may come and go over time.

PTSD symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not appear until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than four weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you might have PTSD.

There are four types of symptoms of PTSD, but they may not be exactly the same for everyone. Each person experiences symptoms in their own way.

1. Reliving the event (also called re-experiencing symptoms). You may have bad memories or nightmares. You even may feel like you're going through the event again. This is called a flashback.

2. Avoiding situations that remind you of the event. You may try to avoid situations or people that trigger memories of the traumatic event. You may even avoid talking or thinking about the event.

3. Having more negative beliefs and feelings. The way you think about yourself and others may change because of the trauma. You may feel guilt or shame. Or, you may not be interested in activities you used to enjoy. You may feel that the world is dangerous and you can't trust anyone. You might be numb, or find it hard to feel happy.

4. Feeling keyed up (also called hyperarousal). You may be jittery, or always alert and on the lookout for danger. Or, you may have trouble concentrating or sleeping. You might suddenly get angry or irritable, startle easily, or act in unhealthy ways (like smoking, using drugs and alcohol, or driving recklessly.

Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is passionate about what he does and who takes an integrative and spiritual approach to mental health? Are you seeking a psychiatrist who is comfortable with alternative, holistic, and complementary treatments while having a judicious and conservative approach to psychiatric medications?

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Board Certified Psychiatry and Neurology

B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College

MD Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Residency in Psychiatry, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.

Inpatient Adult Psychiatrist, Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital

Primary Attending Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital

General Adult Outpatient Psychiatrist, Kaiser Permanente

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