GENERAL ADULT PSYCHIATRY
People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing "voices." Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.
COUNSELING AND THERAPY
Psychotherapy, sometimes called talk therapy, is a treatment that involves a talking relationship between a therapist and patient. It can be used to treat a broad variety of mental disorders and emotional difficulties. The goal of psychotherapy is to eliminate or control disabling or troubling symptoms so the patient can function better.
Most medications are used by psychiatrists in much the same way that medications are used to treat high blood pressure or diabetes.
After completing thorough evaluations, psychiatrists can prescribe medications to help treat mental disorders.
Psychiatric medications can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders.
In 2002, the FDA approved the use of the unique opioid buprenorphine (Subutex, Suboxone) for the treatment of opioid addiction in the U.S. As a medication-assisted treatment, Suboxone suppresses withdrawal symptoms and cravings for opioids. Our practice offers this service under the care of Dr. Brock and Dr. Marnell.
Shrink Savannah, has been experiencing success with treating certain patients with ketamine infusions for their severe depression since 2017. Our medical staff and technicians are here to help you determine if you are a candidate for this treatment.
KETAMINE ASSISTED THERAPY
Ketamine-Assisted Therapy allows patients to gain access to the “felt-sense” of emotional content and difficult unconscious material in a rapid and powerful way. The patient is able to open up a doorway to allow that content to be accessed, worked with, and processed with the assistance of a highly-trained therapist.
BOTOX FOR MOOD
Current evidence estimates a roughly 50% chance that Botox can lead to significant improvement in the treatment of depression.
There is evidence that Botox can lessen anxiety symptoms as well.
In recent studies, any response was achieved by week six after receiving Botox. For those who benefitted, their response continued for 12-16 weeks.
This use of Botox is not for cosmetic purposes, although you may still enjoy a cosmetic benefit.
Shrink Savannah provides testing using a computerized system called Test of Variables of Attention (T.O.V.A.®)
The T.O.V.A. provides healthcare professionals with objective measurements of attention and inhibitory control.
PSYCHOLOGICAL AND NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION
Psychological testing involves an evaluation from our clinical psychologist, Dr. Nagelberg. This process is used to diagnose and identify psychiatric and developmental disorders, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and autism spectrum disorders.
Neuropsychological testing covers areas of cognitive and behavioral assessment including learning disabilities, intellectual disabilities, brain disorders such as TBI, multiple sclerosis, and stroke, and mild cognitive disorder and dementia.