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"Between a stimulus and response, there is a ​space. 

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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Black children are suffering higher rates of depression and anxiety. 

What’s going on?

Asks Katherine K. Dahlsgaard, PhD

The Inquirer

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The rates of anxiety, depression, and behavior disorders among black children doubled over the course of several decades, with prevalence rates among black Americans topping those of whites, found a recent study in the Journal of Epidemiology.

Previous research examining racial differences in rates of psychiatric disorders have typically found that black Americans show lower rates than whites, despite experiencing higher rates of social adversity and stressors.

The new study suggests that this may be changing for younger black Americans, at least with regard to psychiatric disorders that have their onset in childhood.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Diversity and Culture in Child Mental Health Care


Teens Are Vaping in Record Numbers. But Fewer Than Ever Are Drinking and Smoking


by  Jamie Ducharme

Teen vaping is reaching new heights of popularity, while underage drinking is plummeting to historic lows, according to new data from the 2018 Monitoring the Future survey, an annual poll of around 45,000 eighth, 10th and 12th graders overseen by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 

That may be, in part, because teens aren’t socializing as much as they used to.

NIDA Director Dr. Nora Volkow says those record-setting peaks and valleys aren’t necessarily related. “It’s not that kids, instead of drinking, may be vaping,” she says — but both of those records may point to the new ways that teenagers today are using substances.

In this year’s survey, approximately 37% of high school seniors said they had used an e-cigarette during the prior year, compared to about 28% in 2017. 

Rates also climbed among eighth and 10th graders, the survey found.

Check out AACAP's Facts for Families: Tobacco And Kids


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 



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."

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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• Blue Cross Blue Shield

• United Behavioral

• Cigna

& Beacon Health.

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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 DSM System 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 Injuries Medicine;  by 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 Harmony Recovery  Substance Abuse Treatment  Center, and the Midwood Addiction Treatment Center , Charlotte; North Carolina,  and  Medical Director to The TranscendED Eating Disorders  Treatment Center in Matthews; North  Carolina.


Dr.  Saeed  Aflatooni  MD  is a Holistic Psychiatrist at St.  Lazarus Behavioral  Health PC.

Dr. Aflatooni graduated  with an MD degree from the University of Tehran~Iran in June 1964. 

After completing his Neuropsychiatry Residency Training  at the University of  Tehran~Iran in 1969,  Dr. Aflatooni proceeded to  Boston University' s  Salem Hospital, Salem;  Massachusetts in 1972; where he did his Internship in internal Medicine; before attending  his ACGME approved Residency training in Psychiatry at the University  of Nebraska from July 1972 to  June 1976. 

Dr. Aflatooni  obtained his Board Certification in Psychiatry  by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1980. 

Dr. Aflatooni served as Medical director to the Mental Health Department at the Mercy Medical Center, Roseburg; Oregon from July 1979 to June 1995,  and also served as a Medical Director and Staff Psychiatrist to the Harrison Medical Center, Bremerton; Washington from July 2006 until October 2007. 

Dr. Aflatooni's  other past appointments include; Staff Psychiatrist at the VA medical Center in Salisbury; North Carolina from November 2007 to June 2014, and Staff Psychiatrist at the Family Preservation Services, Asheville; North Carolina.

Dr. Aflatooni practices Psychiatry with a holistic and eclectic approach, and also provides treatment to patients as an expert clinician in Biofeedback Treatment for Anxiety disorders , Panic disorders, Insomnia, Phobias, Hypertension, Migraine headaches,  PTSD and other stress-related conditions.             


Dr. Nellie Idara Samuel JD, DNP, PMHNP-BC  is our Lead Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner at St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. 

She has practiced as a Psychiatry Nurse Practitioner with St. Lazarus Behavioral Health PC. since 2015.

Before her career in Clinical Psychiatry; Dr Nellie (as fondly referred to) practiced  as an Attorney with The Crown Prosecution Service in London; Great Britain;  and later as a New York City Attorney; after successfully completing the New York Bar Examinations and being  admitted into New York Bar in 2002. 

In her quest to become a Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatry, Dr. Nellie would later attend the Columbus State University, Columbus; Georgia where she obtained a (BSN) Bachelors in Nursing, and subsequently the University of South Alabama, Mobile; AL where she obtained her MSN in Pediatric and Adult Mental Health; before becoming Board Certified as a Psychiatry  Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.  

Dr. Nellie Samuel received her DNP (Doctorate of Nursing Practice) degree  from the Grand Canyon University, Phoenix; Arizona in 2018 following her successful dissertation on the "Co-morbidity of Anxiety in Adult Depressive Disorders". 

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.

    "Being the best; takes independence in our choices; towards a lifetime of learning, sacrifice & humility". St. Lazarus.

"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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