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Center for Adult, Teenagers Children Psychiatry, Medication Management Counseling
Approximately 15 million adult Americans have depression.
Parents of children with a history of ADHD report almost 3 times as many peer problems as those without a history of ADHD (21.1% vs. 7.3%).Parents report that children with a history of ADHD are almost 10 times as likely to have difficulties that interfere with friendships (20.6% vs. 2.0%).*
The average age of ADHD diagnosis was 7 years of age, but children reported by their parents as having more severe ADHD were diagnosed earlier.*
Data from international samples suggest that young people with high levels of attentional difficulties are at greater risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash, drinking and driving, and traffic violations.*
Adults do not simply outgrow ADHD. Untreated ADHD can have a negative impact on interpersonal relationships, educational and career goals.
More than 1 out of 20 Americans 12 years of age and older reported current depression in 2005–2006.*
Most adults with mental health symptoms (78%) and without mental health symptoms (89%) agreed that treatment can help persons with mental illness lead normal lives.*
Evidence has shown that mental disorders, especially depressive disorders, are strongly related to the occurrence, successful treatment, and course of many chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and obesity and many risk behaviors for chronic disease; such as, physical inactivity, smoking, excessive drinking, and insufficient sleep.*
Mental Health Disorders are often misdiagnosed or not taken seriously enough. Misdiagnosis can result in costly and ineffective treatment which further worsens the outcome. Seeking expert advice early on is important.
*Content source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention .
Nearly 8% of persons aged ≥12 years (6% of males and 10% of females) report current depression. Females have higher rates of depression than males in every age group. Males aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (7%) than males aged ≥60 years (5%). Females aged 40–59 years have higher rates of depression (12%) than females aged 12–17 years (8%) and females aged ≥60 years (7%). Source: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey data, 2007–2010.
Psychiatric Evaluations, Therapy, Psychotherapy, Medication Management
Each visit you are evaluated and treated on time and personally (face to face) by a highly qualified and experienced M.D.(Medical Doctor) Psychiatrist for the entire session unlike some practices where you are seen by a nurse practitioner most of the times.
Understanding your Care is important:
Choosing the right doctor –
Mental Health Disorders are often misdiagnosed or not taken seriously enough. Misdiagnosis can result in costly and ineffective treatment which further worsens the outcome. It is important that you start treatment with the right doctor and understand your care.
A Psychiatrist is a Medical doctor first.
A therapist or Psychologist may call themselves Doctors but they are not medical doctors since they did not attend medical school. They usually have a Ph.D which is an academic degree and not a medical degree. Therefore they cannot prescribe medications.
A PCP or family doctor is not an expert in mental health since they are not trained in mental health issues as a Psychiatrist is. The psychiatrist attended medical school earning a Medical Degree and then going on to complete a rigorous four year residency in Mental Health typically at a large Hospital’s Psychiatry Department where they receive hands on training working with mental health patients both in an in patient and out patient setting.
A Child Psychiatrist goes through further additional specialized training working with children, teenagers and families in an accredited facility. The child and adolescent psychiatrist uses the knowledge of biological, psychological, and social factors in working with patients. Initially, a comprehensive diagnostic examination is performed to evaluate the current problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, educational, family, peer, and social components. The child and adolescent psychiatrist arrives at a diagnosis and diagnostic formulation which are shared with the patient and family. The child and adolescent psychiatrist then designs a treatment plan which considers all the components and discusses these recommendations with the child or adolescent and family. (Source ACCP)