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A psychologist has completed post-graduate doctoral studies. A psychologist can provide various kinds of talk therapy, generally referred to as psychotherapy. They help individuals with emotional and behavioral challenges. Frequently psychologists and psychiatrists will work together to provide integrated care.
A psychiatrist has completed medical school and is a medical doctor in the same way your family physician is a doctor. Since psychiatrists are medical doctors, they can recognize when psychological difficulties may be due to seemingly unrelated medical illnesses. They can also collaborate effectively with physicians in other specialties to coordinate care as a team endeavor.
There are too many conditions to name each one but the following list identifies some of the more common disorders we treat:
- Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
- Autism Spectrum
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic Disorder
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
A Psychiatrist can address concerns about what is considered “normal” and what is not. Factors such as environment, personality, and developmental stage are all conditions that are thoroughly considered. The following behaviors should indicate consideration for further evaluation by a Psychiatrist:
- Inability to cope with problems
- Marked changes in sleeping and/or eating habits
- Frequent physical complaints
- Sexual promiscuity
- Prolonged negative mood usually accompanied by poor appetite, difficulty sleeping
- Thoughts of death
Thoughts of causing harm to oneself or others
- Self destructive behavior and habits (excessive smoking, alcohol or drug abuse)
- Frequent outbursts of anger and aggression
- Threats to run away
- Aggressive or non-aggressive violation of the rights of others
- Theft & vandalism
- Strange thoughts, beliefs, feelings, or unusual behaviors
The first appointment with us will include a thorough Initial Evaluation to assess and diagnose the patient. This is either an in-person meeting or done thru the computer via telepsychiatry, it’s between you and the clinician. The first initial evaluation appointment is up to 60 minutes. Follow up appointments are generally 20-30 minutes but can be extended to an hour if the circumstances require it.
We understand the difficulty in deciding whether it is a wise course to pursue medication as part of your treatment. You should never take medication until you are comfortable and have made a highly informed decision. Not all patients need medication. Because our approach is holistic we recognize not only biological factors that can dramatically influence behavior but also social factors as well. The first visit is an initial evaluation only. At that time the doctor will discuss the pros and cons of a particular treatment with you before a course of treatment is established.
- Cognitive Behavior Techniques
- Group Therapy
- Psychopharmacology (Medication Management)
- And others
Yes, we see children as early as age 4 years old.
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