Psychiatric Disorders | Atlanta General Adult Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine Services

Psychiatric Disorders

Many of Richard A Waldman MD's clients seek out therapy in order to receive the empathy and emotional support they need during life's more turbulent times. Sometimes, however, a client's source of emotional difficulty may be routed in their biochemistry. At least ten percent of the population will struggle with a biologically based mental illness at some point in their lives. There are many misconceptions surrounding psychiatric disorders, and these can further exacerbate mental illness. When a person has mental illness, they cannot simply "snap out of it". They are battling an illness the same as any other, and need qualified help to recover from it. Some of the disorders Richard A Waldman MD treats are:

Mood Disorders

Those who suffer from mood disorders often blame themselves for their inability to control insurmountable depression, erratic mood swings, and other emotional difficulties. Atlanta Mood disorders are often misunderstood because their symptoms may be interpreted as signs of laziness or bad behavior. In fact, clients who suffer from these disorders are often capable, energetic and warm individuals when their illness is properly treated. If you are a Atlanta residents and suspect you may have Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, or any other Mood Disorder, it is important to seek swift treatment.

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Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders will affect approximately ten percent of the population at any given time. Atlanta Anxiety Disorder sufferers experience excessive levels of fear and stress with daily life activities. These disorders can manifest through continuous states of anxiety, terrifying panic attacks, chronic sleep disturbance, and other symptoms. If you suspect you may be suffering from these disorders, you should know that effective medication and therapy treatment options are available for you.

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Substance Abuse Disorders

Those who suffer from chemical dependence may begin taking drugs or alcohol as a coping mechanism against stress. They may also attempt to self-medicate the symptoms of an undiagnosed mental illness. Perhaps the catalyst for experimentation is simple curiosity. However the drug use starts, it eventually develops into an obsessive, all-consuming need. Over time, sufferers of this disorder experience a decline in school or work performance, damaged family and community relationships, legal troubles, and an increasing sense of emptiness and despair. This decline may be rapid and dramatic, or it may occur insidiously over a period of years. Richard A Waldman MD offers individual counseling for those suffering from or otherwise affected by this disorder.Dr, Waldman has extensive experience with Substance Abuse treatment and works closely with addiction treatment facilities on a case by case basis. He is also experienced with the medication management of psychiatric conditions in individuals with SAD. Furthermore, he often utilizes pharmacologic modalities to assist with a comprehensive recovery program. These may include Suboxone, Naltrexone, Antibuse, and/or other medications.

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Personality Disorders

Each individual has a unique perception of themselves and their place in the world. Our perceptions will always be limited by human nature, but we eventually learn to relate to the world in a healthy and productive manner. At times, however, our perceptions can be inaccurate to such a degree that we are unable to interact appropriately with the world around us. Personality Disorder sufferers can experience great difficulty with interpersonal relationships. They may wish for intimacy with others, but consistently find that they are unable to maintain close relationships.The self-defeating behavioral and thinking patterns that can signify a Personality Disorder are treated with sensitivity and respect at Richard A Waldman MD.

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Psychiatric Disorders

  • Mood Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Abuse Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Adult Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Schizophrenia and Psychotic Disorders