Psychiatry is host to a range of conditions, which include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. These conditions affect every area of the mind and brain. Listed below are just some of the conditions that we treat, but this is only a partial list. If you do not see your specific complaint listed here, we encourage you to contact us to learn more about the options available for your care.
Whether struggling with PTSD, depression, anxiety, ADHD, or any number of other difficulties, it is our goal to assist you in fulfilling and improving your quality of life.
Contrary to popular belief, ADHD is not limited strictly to children or adolescents, though its symptoms often arise during those stages of life. Rather, adults can suffer from ADHD too, and suffer from issues with focus and concentration. As some of these symptoms may also stem from depression or anxiety, it is important to determine the underlying conditions for your complaint.
Collaborative Minds uses board-certified assessments to accurately diagnose your illness, and relies on a range of treatments—including, but not limited to medications such as Adderal, Vyvanse, and the nonstimulant Strattera—to help you find focus and concentration again.
As with anxiety, bipolar disorder occurs in various forms, including Type 1 and Type 2. As soon as you begin treatment at Collaborative Minds, we work to diagnose the exact type of this condition that you are suffering from, so that we can tailor your treatment plan accordingly. Many patients report feeling mood swings, but as mood swings (sadness and happiness, joy and despair) can be a normal part of life, we work to establish the deeper conditions present. Bipolar disorder can usually be controlled with medications; we will work with you to determine the best available agent for your care.
Despite numerous depictions in TV and film, post-traumatic stress disorder is not strictly limited to military veterans returning from combat. Rather, PTSD can arise from any kind of trauma, including emotional, sexual, or physical traumas. As a heightened form of anxiety, PTSD is less often caused by chemical imbalances in the brain, so the primary treatment is a combination of treatments such as therapy and counseling.
Medications such as Zoloft and Paxil can help patients regain a sense of stability and control, but Collaborative Minds endorses a multi-modal range of treatments for this disorder.
Anxiety can be a challenging condition for both patient and care provider, and there are a great many forms of anxiety that patients can experience. As anxiety is less often caused by chemical imbalances in the brain (unlike other psychiatric conditions), we first work to understand the conditions for your anxious, nervous feelings.
While medications such as antidepressants can be effective, they are not always the first or best approach: frequently, therapy is a primary modality in treating this condition. At Collaborative Minds, we focus on a range of treatments for anxiety and social anxiety, investigating your unique medical history and circumstances.
Depression takes many forms: mild, moderate, and severe, and more advanced conditions such as dysthymia or cyclothymia (persistent, long-term depression, and mood instability). Depression can manifest differently in individuals depending on their age, background, and unique medical history, but regardless of how and when it manifests it can lead to issues such as irritability, anger, social withdrawal, and feelings of hopelessness.
In conjunction with medication, Collaborative Minds offers in-depth interviews and histories to determine the underlying conditions for depression, focusing on a comprehensive approach for treatment. We also offer genetic testing using a non-invasive cheek swab to help diagnose your particular kind of depression and to tailor treatments accordingly.
Schizophrenia is primarily characterized by chemical imbalances in the brain, usually an excess of dopamine, that leads to a variety of disorders. Often presenting in early adulthood (early 20s) for males and a few years later for females, its positive symptoms include visual and auditory hallucinations and paranoia, and negative symptoms such as social isolation or a lack of speech. Either way, any of these symptoms can adversely affect an individual’s life and relationships.
As a chemical imbalance, schizophrenia is treatable with a variety of medications that act as dopamine antagonists (inhibitors), which Collaborative Minds can prescribe. We monitor these medications closely to ensure that your journey to recovery is steady and safe.
Contact us today to learn more about the options available for your care.
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