Board Certified Psychiatrist. Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, NYU Langone 

Dr. Sudeepta Varma is a board certified psychiatrist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Langone Medical Center. She also served as the founding medical director to the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at NYU, treating victims of 9/11. A graduate of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, Dr. Varma completed her psychiatry residency training at NYU Langone Medical Center and its affiliate, Bellevue Hospital, the oldest public hospital in the country and a pioneer in psychiatry.

Dr. Varma is a go-to expert for the media, including 20/20, CNN, ABC World News, The Dr. Oz Show, CBS Up to the Minute, MSNBC News, and GMA Health. Well-versed in a variety of health topics, Sirius Satellite’s Doctor Radio invites Dr. Varma on monthly to interact with live callers from around the country.

Maintaining a special interest in women’s issue, Dr. Varma has served as a consultant to the committee on women for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and currently serves on their NY county district branch Public Affairs Committee. She published a monograph for the British Medical Journal on postpartum depression, and was an on-air expert for an ABC World News special on the treatment recommendations for depression during pregnancy. Her timely advice on women’s health is quoted extensively by popular magazines including Shape and Women’s Health. Dr. Varma also serves as a media health expert for Sharecare and Discovery Health. Current projects include an on-air medical expert role in Taboo, a documentary series with the National Geographic Channel.

Dr. Varma’s contributions have earned her numerous awards for service to underserved communities and Harvard Medical School for her award-winning book proposal. She was selected for the “Most Prolific Writer of the Year Award” in 2006 by the APA’s Astra Zeneca fellowship for numerous mental health publications ranging from Psychology Today magazine to five chapters in On-Call Psychiatry. Dr. Varma maintains her private practice in New York City, working with individuals and couples. She is an avid world traveler with Costa Brava in Spain, the Greek island of Santorini, and Thailand’s Phi Phi islands being amongst her most memorable travel destinations. Her favorite pastime includes singing top 40 hits (circa 1999) off-key, while bouncing her little one to sleep.

Check Out Dr. Varma's Video Series on Depression

Dr. Varma's six-part video series on depression has been nominated for a Sharecare Award. 

Episode 1: Depression Should Be Considered "the Mental Flu" - This Is Why

Episode 2: Depression 101 & Why It's So Different From Normal Sadness

Episode 3: Is Depression Genetic? The Causes, Who is at Risk, & More

Episode 4: Is Someone You Love Depressed? This is How to Find Out

Episode 5: How to Get the Right Depression Diagnosis - & Why It Can Be Tricky

Episode 6: Depression Treatment Options: What You Need to Know

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4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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