Mental Health Resources and EducationPsychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in disorders of the brain. Each medical specialty is focused on a specific organ system. For example, cardiologists specialize in diseases of the heart.
The brain can have various disorders. Psychiatrists primarily focus on the disorders related to thinking, feelings and behaviors. When brain functioning is altered, the manifestations can be quite varied depending on what systems and locations are involved.
Medical research is providing increased information about brain illnesses. Those illnesses include bipolar disorders and depression, which affect millions of Americans of all ages, and can actually result in death by suicide. Equally prevalent are anxiety disorders, which include obsessive compulsive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, and panic disorder. Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Attachment disorders & Disruptive behavior disorders afflict significant numbers of school aged children. Furthermore, schizophrenic disorders are serious brain disorders that, like most brain disorders, can result in major disruptions in the lives of those afflicted, as well as in their families.
When substance abuse is superimposed upon a psychiatric disorder, the treatment is more challenging, requiring aggressive and sustained interventions to treat the dual diagnoses. For additional information about the full range of psychiatric disorders, please go to the website of the National Institute of Mental Health. Other additional resources are listed below:
- National Institute of Mental Health
- American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- American Psychological Association
- National Institute on Drug Abuse
- National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- TeenScreen - National Center for Mental Health Checkups
- CDC - Autism Spectrum Disorder Developmental Milestones
- Autism Society of America
- Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a novel treatment for depression that has not responded to standard medications. It is approved by the Food & Drug Administration.
- TMS does not require any sedation or use of any injections.
- Magnetic pulses are delivered to the brain through the skull from a coil that is placed on the left frontal area of the head.
- The magnetic pulses convert into electric current that goes through the brain and re-sets the polarization of the neurons to normalize functioning and improve mood.
- Each session lasts about 45 to 60 minutes and the patient is fully awake and is able to resume normal duties after the session.
- Most common immediate side effects are discomfort in the area of the stimulation, and/or headache that is treatable with over the counter analgesics.
- Financing is available.