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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 nationally Board-Certified to see patients of all ages.

We  diagnose and treat all Neuro-Psychiatric illnesses across the life span. We are also  a Teaching location  for  Affiliated Universities, Medical Schools and Graduate Education Programs; in the Medical Specialty of Psychiatry.  

You are welcome to a World of Clinical Excellence.

The  St.  Lazarus Weekly

Yes, teens are texting and using social media instead of reading books, researchers say

The Washington Post:

Hannah Natanson

A new study has alarming findings, but is probably not surprising to anyone who knows a teenager: High-schoolers today are texting, scrolling and using social media instead of reading books and magazines.

In their free time, American adolescents are cradling their devices hours each day rather than losing themselves in print or long-form media, according to research published Monday by the American Psychological Association.

In fact, 1 in 3 U.S. high school seniors did not read a book for pleasure in 2016. In the same time period, 82 percent of 12th-graders visited sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram every day.

Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University and one of the authors of the study, said the lack of leisure reading is troubling. For her, the most important discovery hidden in the data is this statistic: In the 1970s, about 60 percent of high school seniors reported reading a book, magazine or newspaper every single day. Four decades later, in 2016, 16 percent of high school seniors reported doing so.

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

Mind-Body Practices Like Meditation And Yoga Help Teens With Anxiety, Study Finds


Alice Walton

Teenage anxiety is a pretty common occurrence these days—and it’s not just the usual stress implicit in adolescence. Almost a third of teens have a full-fledged anxiety disorder, according to prevalence studies, and, as with other mental health disorders, there just aren’t enough effective treatments. A small new review study looks back over the evidence, and finds that several mind-body practices are helpful in treating teen anxiety, in school and at home.

According to past studies, about 32% of teens have an anxiety disorder, including generalized anxiety, social anxiety, agoraphobia, and panic disorder. This estimate, however, is from a study published in 2010, when smartphones and social media were just becoming commonplace. It’s possible that the numbers are higher today, since multiple studies have linked social media and screen time with poorer mental health in teens who use them a lot.

"Whereas anxiety and fear are typical reactions to the academic, social, and developmental challenges common during the adolescent years," the authors write, "clinical or pathological anxiety is excessive, persistent, and disruptive." The study’s actual aim was to look at how nurse practitioner practices can help teens with anxiety, using methods beyond conventional ones, given the fact that sometimes these treatments aren’t covered by insurance, can be expensive or ineffective, or bring adverse side effects.

Check out AACAP's Anxiety Disorders Resource Centers.

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.

St.  Lazarus  provides  Psychiatry  services for clients  of all ages, in  the Charlotte area,  Gastonia, and the surrounding areas. Furthermore, our team can conduct telepsychiatric sessions to those who are in other states including Florida, South Carolina, Virginia,  Louisiana, Georgia,  North  Carolina and New York.

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.

Insurances Accepted

• Blue Cross Blue Shield

• United Behavioral

• Cigna  

                        • Secure Health
             • Tricare

                          • Medicare


About Our Head of Clinical Services

Our head clinician, Dr. Samuel Inimbom Samuel, M.D., 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 and Rehabilitation  Psychiatry that comprise:

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

Dr. Samuel is Board Certified by the  American Board of Medical Specialties  in; 

Pediatric (Child & Adolescent) Psychiatry {The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology} 

General (Adult) Psychiatry {The American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology}

  and Addiction Medicine {The American Board of Preventive Medicine}.

To set up an appointment, call us at 877-624-5802 or fax your referral to 888-974-1542. You may also email your appointment requests to our HIPPA-compliant email address, at   [email protected]






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