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In that space​; is our power to choose our response. 

In our response; lie our growth and our freedom."

- Victor E. Frankl​

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We are Board-Certified to treat patients  of all Ages.

We therefore diagnose and treat all Neuro-Psychiatric illnesses across the life span .

We are also a Graduate Medical Education Facility & Teaching Location for several Affiliated Universities, Medical Schools and Graduate Education Programs in Medicine and Nursing; within the Medical Specialty of Psychiatry.  

You are welcome to  a world of clinical  excellence.

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A New Way To Get College Students Through A Psychiatric Crisis — And Back To School


Cheryl Platzman Weinstock

The number of students coming to college with mental health issues has increased over the years and counseling centers are struggling with the demands of these students when they're in crisis, says Hopkinson who is also the chair of the mental health section at the American College Health Association.

College is a vulnerable time for a student's mental health. Many serious psychiatric illnesses, including major depression, anxiety disorders and substance abuse also present themselves between the ages of 14 and 25, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. One in three college freshmen worldwide report having a major mental health disorder; the most prevalent being depressive disorder followed by an anxiety or substance use disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology in September.

And suicide is the second leading cause of death among college-aged people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Teens: Suicide in Children and Teens as well as AACAP's Substance Use Resource Center.

Opioid-related deaths among teens and young children have nearly tripled since 1999, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association.


BY JOHN BOWDEN - 12/28/18 12:19 PM EST

Researchers analyzed data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and found that 8,986 children and adolescents under the age of 20 died from opioid-related causes between 1999 and 2016 in what the researchers referred to as an "epidemic" of abuse.

"What began more than 2 decades ago as a public health problem primarily among young and middle-aged white males is now an epidemic of prescription and illicit opioid abuse that is taking a toll on all segments of US society, including the pediatric population," the researchers wrote.

The study showed that 73 percent of the deaths were male and 88 percent involved children aged 15 to 19 years old.

"These findings suggest that the opioid epidemic is likely to remain a growing public health problem in the young unless legislators, public health officials, clinicians, and parents take a wider view of the opioid crisis and implement protective measures that are pediatric specific and family centered," the researchers said.

An overwhelming amount of the deaths, 80 percent, were ruled unintentional, though the study did also examine a number of suicides, which doubled in frequency among children and adolescents during this time period.

The study's release comes two months after President Trump signed into law a sweeping bill aimed at curbing the opioid abuse epidemic gripping the U.S. The legislation lifted some restrictions on Medicaid funding for opiate treatment and reauthorized funding for the 21st Century Cures Act. It also puts $500 million per year toward fighting the opioid crisis.

"Together we are going to end the scourge of drug addiction in America," Trump said at a White House ceremony in October. "We are either going to end it or we are going to make an extremely big dent in this terrible, terrible problem."

From Cyberbullying To Digital Addiction: How Social Media Is Affecting Teens


Nicole Martin

Social media platforms play a key role in the lives of teenagers today. It is how they communicate with friends, get their information, share their creativity and opinions and how they entertain themselves in times of boredom. However, being online 24/7 has raised some questions on the effects that it is having on these tweens and teens about what kind of impact it is having on their mental health and social growth.

A recent report from Common Sense Media surveyed teenagers from ages 13-17 and tracked social media’s evolution back from 2012 to 2018. The study found that 89% of teens have their own smartphones, compared to 42% in 2012, and that more than half of all the teens surveyed said that social media takes away from personal relationships and distracts them from fully paying attention to the people they’re within the moment.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Social Media and Teens

Stanford researchers use high-tech mouth guards to study head trauma in young athletes

The Star Online

Lisa M. Krieger

While his team previously has studied concussion in Stanford athletes and National Football League players, they sought to learn more about the consequences in the developing brain. An estimated 4 million teenagers and children play the sport, raising concerns about long-term cognitive impact.

The debilitating effects of repeated concussions on football players have been well documented. The trauma is linked to Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a progressive neurodegenerative brain disease. It's incurable, with symptoms that include blurred vision, dementia, depression, headaches, memory loss and mood swings.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Concussions and Children.

Racial Discrimination Can Take A Heavy Toll on Latino and Asian Teens

Psych Central

Traci Pedersen

Latino and Asian adolescents who face racial or ethnic discrimination are more likely to experience depression, poor self-esteem, lower academic achievement, substance use and risky sexual behavior, according to a new meta-analysis published in the journal American Psychologist.

“The consistent relations we identified are of particular concern, given the long-term linkages between depression, anxiety, substance use, aggression, hostility, and poor academic performance and engagement with an individual’s risk of illness or early death,” said Benner, who is an associate professor of human development and family sciences and a faculty research associate at the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Check out AACAP's Diversity and Culture in Child Mental Health Care.

Helping You Achieve Better Mental Health

St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. is a privately owned, CARF-accredited Specialist  Neuropsychiatry clinic located in Charlotte, North Carolina. At our  outpatient facility,  we  diagnose and manage  Psychiatric  (Psychological, Mental Health disorders )  in Children, Adolescents, and Adults, helping them cope and recover from their individual conditions.

Our practice comprises of clinicians who are Board-Certified in General Adult Psychiatry as well as in the Sub-specialty of Pediatric  (Child and Adolescent)  Psychiatry. We also have on our staff a Nationally Board-Certified Specialist in Addiction Medicine who is thoroughly trained in all current treatment modalities for substance use disorders. Our head Clinician also has his fourth medical board certification in the diagnosis  and treatment of Traumatic and Non-traumatic Brain Injuries; making St. Lazarus Behavioral Health one of the very few centers in the United States with Clinicians who are Board Certified in  General Adult Psychiatry,  (Pediatric) Child & Adolescent Psychiatry,   Addiction  Medicine   and Brain Injuries Medicine; all in one  treatment location.

St.  Lazarus  therefore provides  Psychiatry  services for patients  of all ages in  the Charlotte; North Carolina Region,  Gastonia  Region and  all the surrounding areas. Furthermore, our team  also conducts Telepsychiatry sessions to those who are in other states including Tennessee, Florida, South Carolina, Virginia,  Louisiana, Georgia,  North  Carolina, New York and Hawaii.

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Nuestra Misión (For Our Spanish Speakers)

Nuestra misión es ayudar a los niños, adolescentes y sus familias quienes sufren de un stress causado por una enfermedad Psiquiátrica (mentaly de comportamiento). Estamos decididos a proveerle un cuidado de alta calidad y menor costo posible. St. Lazarus Behavioral Health Inc. esta abierto de lunes a viernes de 9am hasta las 5pm. Nos esforzamos por servir a nuestra comunidad al cuidar de nuestros clientes con integridad, respeto, honestidad, fidelidad y una actitud muy amigable y respetuosa. Nuestra oficina cuenta con un intérprete (inglés/español) si usted necesita este servicio.

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About Our Clinicians

Our head clinician, Dr. Samuel  Inimbom  Samuel,  is uniquely trained in the two major international systems of Psychiatry;  which are the World Health Organizations'  phenomenology based  ICD 10 British Psychiatry, and the Research based DSM  system of American  Psychiatry.  Dr. Samuel teaches and supervises other clinicians at St. Lazarus in the most current evidence-based treatment for all  Mental  health and Substance Use disorders  across the life span.

Dr. Samuel demonstrates a combination of the following credentials:

Eight Years of Post-M.D. Graduate Medical Education in Pediatric, Adult, Geriatric, Psychotherapy and Rehabilitation  Psychiatry that comprise:

Three years of PostMD - Graduate Medical Training in the Phenomenology-Based British and WHO’s International Classification of Diseases (ICD) 10 Psychiatry; and  Five years of  Post MD -Graduate Education in the Research-Based Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of American Psychiatry. 

Dr. Samuel  holds Four Neuro-Psychiatry Board Certifications by the  American Board of Medical Specialties: He is Board Certified in  the Medical Specialty of Brain  (Traumatic & Non-Traumatic) Injuries Medicineby the American Board of  Psychiatry & Neurology, and also Board Certified  in  the Specialty of  General (Adult) Psychiatry; by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.   His other Board Certifications are in the Sub-Specialty of  Pediatric (Child & Adolescent) Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, and  a Sub-Specialty Board Certification in Addiction   Medicine by the American Board of Preventive Medicine.

Dr. Samuel also serves as Medical Director to The TranscendED Eating Disorders  Treatment Center in Matthews; North  Carolina, and Medical Director to  The Midwood Addiction Treatment Center  and The Harmony Recovery Center in Charlotte; North Carolina.




    Dr. Saeed  Aflatooni  is  a Holistic-Oriented  Board Certified Psychiatrist at St. Lazarus Behavioral Health P.C.

Dr. Aflatooni has a world of clinical experience in Medicine and Psychiatry, that begins with his Medical Education at the University of Tehran-Iran; from July 1957 until June 1964;  when he graduated with an MD degree.  Dr. Aflatoni  then  completed his first Post Graduate Training in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Tehran; Iran in 1969, before he proceeded to complete his  Internal Medicine Internship with Salem Hospital ; Massachusetts  (a Teaching Hospital of Boston University) in 1973,  and then his Second Residency Training  in Psychiatry at the Nebraska Psychiatric Institute of the University of Nebraska in 1976.  

Dr. Aflatooni  obtained his Board certification in Psychiatry from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1980.

Prior  to joining St. Lazarus Behavioral Health P.C, Dr. Aflatooni served as The Medical Director of the Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg; Oregon from July 1979 to June 1995. During his time as the Medical Director at the Roseburg Psychiatry Clinic, Dr. Aflatooni supervised effective  Biofeedback Treatments for several Psychological and Medical  Disorders that include; Panic disorders, PTSD,  Phobias,   Hypertension, Insomnia, and Migraine headaches much in line with his Holistic Approach to Mental Health Care.  Dr. Aflatooni also later served as The Medical Director of the Harrison Medical Clinic, Bremerton; Washington from 2006 to 2007, before he joined  the Salisbury VA Medical Center, Salisbury ; North Carolina as a Staff Psychiatrist from 2007 until 2014.  

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To set up an appointment, please call us at 877-624-5802 or fax your referral to  478  474 6585 . You may also email your appointment requests to our HIPPA-compliant email address, at   [email protected]. or on our contact us page; on this website.

"Is there anything about another human being that deserves respect or right of place? Or are they all; a waste of the creator's precious time and divine genius?  In which case; Iam the only one who deserves to be here, and who deserves to live in peace and self-respect. The  honest answers to these questions should heal my self-aggrandizing delusions, preserve a healthy sense of reality testing, guide my own behavior towards others, and above all; help me see the goodness in the six billion other temporary inhabitants of the earth; other than myself."   Samuel Inimbom Samuel MD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

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