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 Mehnaz Hyder MD

 design your paradigm

Your brain is the most brilliantly designed piece of engineering in the whole universe. It allows you to experience the world. It's where all of your great ideas live. And it's what makes you a unique individual.  You are one in billions! You are meant to experience joy and to do spectacular things-according to your best paradigm that is based on your values. Traumatic life experiences and chronic stress can interfere with your ability to curate your paradigm which may lead to depression, anxiety, and poor functioning.  I can help you with these symptoms. While I treat all psychiatric disorders I specialize in treating individuals who experienced trauma and burnout.


Telehealth sessions with a board certified psychiatrist for psychotherapy and management of psychiatric medications. Patients must be age 13+ and located in California.


Tropical Leaves

Customized psychiatric treatment for startup founders, and adults/teens with trauma and burnout

Tropical Leaves
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How zebras handle stress:

Did you know the zebra's stripe pattern is as unique as your       fingerprint? Zebras are individuals just like you! Being herd animals, they need to have great interpersonal skills. They definitely go into fight or flight mode when chased by a lion or a hyena. That's an appropriate response. But, you know what they do once the predator threat is averted? Nothing. They go right back to grazing.  They don't beat themselves up for getting chased. They don't declare themselves as failures, or start comparing their stripes to the others. They don't entertain a running script in their heads about being inferior to lions or hyenas. They just go right back to living their best zebra life. To me, zebras embody fierce individualism, bold expression, and optimal stress management. Let me help you channel your inner zebra!  

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What negative story do you repeatedly tell yourself? 

Want to change the script?
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Trauma is anything that you felt was a scary or upsetting experience which impacted your world view. A traumatic event can interrupt your brain's ability to make plans for a life of thriving. You may feel broken and injured. These experiences may forever color your take on life. You may notice intense emotions, chaotic relationships, difficulty in staying in the present, and a sense of hopelessness about your future. Many psychiatric disorders stem from traumatic life events. Depression and Anxiety related to trauma can be treated with psychotherapy and at times medications can be helpful.

what is trauma?


What is burnout?

Burnout is a form of longterm mental, physical and emotional exhaustion beyond your ability to cope. Your brain is designed to respond to quick threats by causing to flee, fight, or freeze. After a pattern of daily repeated exposure to stress, the body starts running on cortisol, a stress hormone. It doesn't feel good to be running on cortisol everyday. You're not supposed to fight/flight/freeze every single day! You may feel resentful and totally depleted.


why do

startup founders burnout?

If you are working in a tech startup you don't need me to tell you it's an extremely high pressure and risky environment. People who have had adverse childhood experiences or dysfunctional relationships in the past may unknowingly be playing out roles from their past within their startup. Unprocessed personal issues can be detrimental to your venture. I'm familiar with the world of startups and Silicon Valley and have taken care of dozens of founders in my practice. Your startup is an extension of your own self. It's important to have a therapeutic space to address your mental health and thrive. Your startup will thank you!

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tell me your story

Initial Psychiatric Evaluation

including review of medical records/documents (pricing does not include coordination of care)

75 minutes 


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what do you want to talk about?

Psychotherapy session with or without medication management

(independent adult patients)

55 minutes


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 medication check

Medication follow up visit

25 minutes


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zoom out and decide how you want your life to look

Mehnaz Hyder M.D.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Hyder!

I'm board certified in adult, child, and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  I served as inpatient psychiatrist at the VA Palo Alto for 7 years where I treated veterans with severe emotional trauma and PTSD. I noticed that many veterans had also experienced trauma outside of their combat role and that they entered the military already having experienced abandonment. I also learned that the existing system did not enable individualized care. I started my practice so that I could care for patients on terms that work best for them, outside of the constraints of legacy systems. Prior to working at the VA, I completed Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians- St. Luke's/Roosevelt/Beth Israel hospitals in New York City and general psychiatry residency at Nassau University Medical Center on Long Island, NY. I grew up as an American expat overseas and have lived in several countries. I was immersed in those cultures intimately allowing me to experience a diverse and culturally enriching upbringing. My family heritage is from Hyderabad, India. I currently live in Silicon Valley, California. Most importantly, I am human-just like you.

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