Our goal is to provide the most comprehensive psychiatric care to you and your family. Upon your first evaluation our psychiatrist will go over a treatment plan tailored to your needs. This may include one or a combination of treatment options including: Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Evaluation Services, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Medication management, or referrals to other specialists to rule out other medical conditions.
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Anxiety is a very normal thing when faced with major decisions or problems. It becomes a concern when the anxious feeling gets worse and stays for a longer period of time. If a person is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, the symptoms can affect everyday life. Some symptoms include excessive worrying and fear, panic attacks, difficulty concentrating, feeling anxious with other people around, and more. There are many different types of anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder. One should consult a psychiatrist if they feel they are experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder.
This disorder is a mental illness that causes a person to have obsessions and compulsions. Some may experience one or both. If one is experiencing obsessions, they will have unwanted and repetitive thoughts, urges, or images that don’t go away. If one is experiencing compulsions, they will have to complete actions that are meant to reduce anxiety. OCD can affect all parts of life but is treatable.
ADHD stands for Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This brain disorder causes patterns of unfocused attention and or hyperactivity. Inattention causes a person to be unorganized, lack persistence, and have trouble focusing on tasks. Hyperactivity causes a person to excessively move or fidget. Another symptom of ADHD is impulsivity where people make actions too quickly without thinking about the long term effects. Symptoms of ADHD can occur as early as age 3. It is important to talk with a psychiatrist for proper treatment.
Eating disorders are most common in the forms of anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. Many believe that eating disorders are a chosen lifestyle choice but this is not the case. Symptoms of anorexia nervosa are distorted body images, restricted eating, extreme thinness, and intense fear of gaining weight when already at an unhealthy low body weight. Bulimia nervosa is a disorder that causes a cycle of binge eating and self induced vomiting. When a person is affected by bulimia nervosa, they will feel out of control when they are eating large quantities of food and cause self induced vomiting or laxative abuse to prevent gain weight. A person with either of these disorders will usually feel the need to exercise excessively to burn off more calories than they take in and withdrawal from friends and social activities. Both of these disorders can cause multiple health problems or even death. It is important to talk with a medical professional if you are having symptoms.
Psychotic Disorders cause abnormal thinking, perceptions, hallucinations, and delusions. It affects a person’s ability to think clearly, communicate effectively, behave appropriately, and understand reality. The more common types are schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The cause of psychotic disorders is not exactly known. However, it is believed that it can be caused by genetics, environmental factors, drug abuse, stress, and major life changes. A medical professional will be able to diagnose and treat these disorders.
The most common symptoms of dementia is memory loss and decline in thinking skills. If a person is showing signs of dementia, they will usually be either Alzheimer’s disease or Vascular dementia. These diseases affect a person’s ability to complete everyday tasks. Dementia usually worsens over-time. However, some symptoms of this disease are treatable and reversible.
Cognitive disorders include many different types of disorders and diseases that affect a person’s memory, how a person thinks, learns, perception, and solves problems. Some diseases included in cognitive disorders are dementia, amnesia, and Alzheimer’s disease. A cognitive disorder can be caused by genetics, drugs and alcohol abuse, and physical injury. These disorders have short-term and long-term effects on a person. It is important to talk with a medical professional if you feel you are showing signs of a cognitive disorder.
Alcohol and substance abuse are life-threatening problems that affects how a person acts and their ability to perform day to day activities. Alcohol can impair cognitive functions and overtime, increase the risk of livers disease, stroke, and other serious diseases. When a person abuses alcohol, they are increasing the chances of alcoholism, which is when a person becomes physically dependent on alcohol. Drug abuse can also lead to other severe diseases and drug addiction, where the brain changes to become dependent on them. Both of these diseases require an extensive treatment process that gives people the ability to lead happier lives.
Marriage counseling is a type of psychotherapy where couples try to improve their relationship by solving problems. This is often short-term treatment and couples either decide to stay together or decide to separate. Couples therapy tries to resolve communication problems, anger, infidelity, financial problems, and more. Sometimes it is hard for both people to go however, it is beneficial to consult with a therapist so both partners can learn how to handle the problems in their relationship.
After a child is born, new moms can become tired and stressed, otherwise known as the “baby blues”. While this is completely normal, sometimes factors like these become more serious. PPD causes depression, constant fatigue, lack of joy in life, lack of concern for you and your baby, excessive concern for your baby, mood swings, and more. This is treatable and usually resolves within months.
Depression is a serious mood disorder that affects many parts of everyday life. Symptoms of depression include persistent, sad, and anxious moods, irritability, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, difficulty sleeping, loss of interest in activities that was once fun, thoughts of suicide or death, and more. Depression can be treated with medications, psychotherapy, or both. No case of depressions is the same. Some people can experience a few symptoms or all symptoms. The earlier the treatment process starts, the better. It is important to consult with a medical professional if you feel you are being affected by depression.
This disorder is a manic-depressive illness that affects the brain. When a person is experiencing symptoms of a bipolar disorder, they have shifts in mood, energy, and activity levels that affects their ability to perform everyday tasks. Bipolar disorder has four different types: Bipolar I Disorder, Bipolar II Disorder, Cyclothymic Disorder, and Unspecified Bipolar and related disorders. In all types of bipolar disorders people either experience manic or depressive symptoms, or both. Bipolar disorder is treatable and people can live happier lives as a result.
These are psychological illnesses that have serious effects on a person’s mood. Mood disorders include disorders like bipolar disorder, depression, seasonal affective disorder, and more. If a person has a mood disorder one will typically experience the symptoms described above for depression and bipolar disorders. As mentioned before, these are treatable by assessing the root of the disorder.
Autism is a disorder involving brain development. A person with this disorder has difficulties socializing with others, verbal and nonverbal communication, and repeated behaviors. Genetics and environmental factors generally are the source of autism during early brain development. Parents usually notice signs of autism during their child’s first two years of life. While there is no cure for Autism, therapy and behavior therapy are used to help improve symptoms.
Dysthymia is chronic depression commonly known as persistent depressive disorder. This causes a person to lose interest in many activities, even happy occasions. Most will have a personality that seem as if they cannot have fun. Treatment for this type of depression usually involves medication, psychotherapy, or both.