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About Mohammad Abu-Salha, MD

Dr. Abu-Salha founded Johnston Psychiatric Associates in March 2006. Dr. Abu-Salha is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. In March 2021, Dr. Abu-Salha was awarded the 2021 American Psychiatric Assembly Profile of Courage Award for exhibiting great courage in continuing to speak out publicly against islamophobia. He commands a long experience in the field of general psychiatry and sees patients of all ages starting with Pre-K. Dr. Abu-Salha enjoys a great experience in treating Mood Disorders and has a great interest in Adult and Child ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, personality disorders, and impulse control disorders to mention a few. 
Dr. Abu-Salha graduated with an MBChB from the University of Basrah, Iraq. He worked as a general practitioner in Iraq, Kuwait and in his country of Origin, Jordan. After moving to the USA, Dr. Abu-Salha attended and graduated his residency training in psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk Virginia, where he was appointed as chief resident and clinical instructor for residents and medical students. He was also awarded the Resident Research Award and presented at national and regional conferences. 

Dr. Abu-Salha takes pride in that he obtained his American Citizenship by serving Rural Communities in NC since 1998, an experience and an honor he described that was both enriching and amazingly rewarding. Providing Community Psychiatry in Clinton, NC, and serving as a Medical Director at Eastpointe Human Services, Dr. Abu-Salha helped manage Mental Health for four Rural NC Counties before he decided to Experience Private Practice in Clayton, NC where he successfully established and grew Johnston Psychiatric Associates for 14 years. He and his eight associates made the practice a household item in Johnston County. Dr. Abu-Salha brought all these years of success together with his distinguished team of eight esteemed therapists with him as he decided to add to the momentum of Mind Path Care Centers. 
Dr. Abu-Salha receives great support from his beloved wife, Amira, who helps him manage the practice and they both were blessed with three wonderful children. Their two late daughters Yusor and Razan fell victims of a Hate Crime in the Chapel Hill Shooting on February 10, 2015 together with their beloved late son in law, Deah Barakat. Yusor was the 21 and six weeks married to Deah. Razan was 19 when they passed. Dr. Abu-Salha and his wife Amira are grateful for having their only son, Yousef, who is a medical student at UNC School of Medicine. 

Living and practicing in different countries and cultures enriched Dr. Abu-Salha’s perspective of human life and experience. As he served the disenfranchised, the poor, the working hard, and in some cases, the privileged, the rural and urban dwellers, Dr. Abu-Salha concluded his own Motto: “Despite how Politics, Money and Geography try to divide Humanity, it is quite amazing that we’re all much more alike than we’re different”. 

Partial List of Treatment Areas

  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Adjustment Concerns
  • Anger
  • Anxiety / Stress
  • Bipolar I & II
  • Cognitive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depression with Psychosis
  • Depression with Suicidality
  • Developmental Disability / Autism
  • Eating Disorder
  • Compulsive Gambling
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief
  • Hoarding
  • Impulse Control (non-alcohol / drug)
  • Irritability
  • Memory Concerns
  • OCD
  • Personality Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post-Partum / Pregnancy Depression
  • Psychosis
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Recent Hospitalization
  • Schizophrenia / Schizoaffective
  • Severe Bipolar with Psychosis
  • Sex / Pornography Addiction
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Women's Health - Hormonal Imbalance
  • badge-3 TelehealthSignifies the completion of a mental health telehealth training program

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April 11, 2021

Dr. Abu-Salha(Dr. A) is a wonderful man, very caring, and very comfortable to be with. Been my doctor for over 10 yrs! Receptionists are the sweetest ladies! Always willing to help you with anything you need!


April 7, 2021

Dr. A is genuine! Johnston Psychiatric staff is top notch


April 7, 2021

For the first time in a while, I got to speak to a doctor virtually and it was like being in the office. It was wonderful thank you


April 6, 2021

Professional, listens and cares. Great Service, keep it up.


April 1, 2021

I have had many positive and even life-changing moments over the 10+ years I have been a patient of Dr. A. I would like to thank Dr. A from the bottom of my heart for the very professional and excellent care he has given (and I pray will continue to give) to me and my family. He is truly a blessing. He has improved the quality of my life exponentially, and for that, I am incredibly grateful d'


January 18, 2021

Dr. A cares for his patients and shows it, whether in person or by video conference!


January 14, 2021

Dr. A, is a wonderful Doctor. I ve been a patient with him for years! He is a very caring person, does not rush you, and takes his time with you!


January 14, 2021

I ve always appreciated Dr. A s straightforward take on my personal mental health issues.


January 7, 2021

I really enjoyed my conversation with Dr. Abu-Salha more so than with any other doctor I ve seen.


January 5, 2021

Listens to my concerns. Caring. Honest


December 17, 2020

Doctor A has provided me with excellent care for close to 10 years now. He pays attention to the patient as a whole person. He can be rather blunt at times, but that is what is needed to get through to patients like me! I will continue to trust him with my psychiatric care as long as he continues to practice.

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.