1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US
1 in 10 young people experienced a period of depression.
Mental Health Conditions can be caused by several factors. As a psychiatrist (MD), Dr. Thomas is trained to evaluate and recommend treatments to help address all these different areas:
- Biology- This includes hormones, brain chemistry, genetics, and physical health. Think of your family members and those that may have been diagnosed with a mental health condition. Also common medical conditions are associated with mental health issues including thyroid, heart, and kidney disease and nutrient deficiencies.
- Psychology- How do you cope with life stressors and is it effective? Through psychotherapy we can help you understand your ways of coping and support you in effective ways to manage life stressors
- Environment- You don’t live in a bubble! How does your family, work, school, and friends affect your mental health? We can help you identify the supportive and not so supportive influences in your life to help improve your mental health.
- Spirituality- 75% of people in the US are “spiritual.” If you are a Spiritual person, it is likely that this can play an important role in your mental health. Knowing this, we inquire about your spirituality and work with your beliefs to support your treatment.
- Culture/Society- Our community is as diverse as any other community! We understand that culture plays a significant role in how we view our mental health. We also recognize that the history of psychiatry has not always been inclusive and supportive. By creating an environment that encourages open discussion, we hope to learn as much from you as you learn from us so we can all be focused on what is most important, your mental health.
Depression affects 20 million people in the United States and is one of the leading causes of disability world wide.
- I am often asked what is the difference between being sad and being depressed. After all, being sad is a normal human emotion. Often when people are sad, they have a good cry or they rely on their friends and family for support and feel better.
- However when a person is depressed, they not only feel sad, but can also notice other changes that make it harder to function including irritability, a loss of motivation or pleasure, changes to their sleep and energy level, feelings of guilt and worthlessness, poor focus, appetite changes and suicidal thoughts.
Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., affecting 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.
- Anxiety is a normal and helpful human emotion. It often keeps us safe and serves as motivation to get things done! However when anxiety becomes a disorder it can result in extreme panic, or prevent us from doing well at school, work, or in our relationships. It is common that anxiety disorders also present with depression. It can make it harder to sleep, shut our thoughts down, and concentrate. It can also make us more irritable and socially avoidant. We can even feel it physically with increase muscle tension, soreness and aches and stomach problems.
- Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only 36.9% of those suffering receive treatment.
ADHD– Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder-is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood. It is usually first diagnosed in childhood and often lasts into adulthood.
- Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors (may act without thinking about what the result will be), or be overly active.
- ADHD is not just a childhood disorder. Although the symptoms of ADHD begin in childhood, ADHD can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Even though hyperactivity tends to improve as a child becomes a teen, problems with inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control often continue through the teen years and into adulthood.
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Personality Disorders (Borderline, Narcissistic, etc)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Impulse Control Disorders
- Alcohol and Drugs (*We do not provide Suboxone, Methadone or Detox)
As a Child, Teen and Adult Psychiatrist, Dr. Thomas can create a comprehensive treatment plan using a range of treatment options/recommendations:
- Individual Psychotherapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Life Style Recommendations
- Sleep Habits
- Advocacy and Accommodations for school and work
- Referrals for Non Medication, Brain Stimulation Treaments (TMS, ECT)