Welcome to our Practice
Athens Behavioral Medicine provides both general and sub-specialty neuropsychiatric care for children,
adolescents, and adults. Our practitioners work as a team to ensure a careful, thorough evaluation followed by comprehensive
multi-modal outpatient treatment.
Members of our clinical team strive to
be leaders in the field as well, by serving as University Professors, by teaching medical students and residents, by providing
lectures to other physicians and the community regarding mental illness, by employing evidence based practice, by participating
in clinical research, and by utilizing state-of-the-art technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Our mission is to be a regional
resource providing the highest standard of behavioral health care, to search for new knowledge of mental illness and human
behavior, to teach what we know and learn, and to apply this knowledge to promote mental health. Most of all, we are here
to promote the health and overall functioning of the patients whom we serve.
in depth evaluation and careful diagnosis
■ evaluation of potential medical causes of mental illness via lab studies,
brain imaging, & specialist referrals as appropriate
■ multidisciplinary perspectives
■ individualized treatment based on the scientific evidence base & the
standard of care
■ involvement of family members and other social
and family education
team employs the bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering from psychiatric problems.
In short, medication alone is rarely the proper means of treatment, especially in children and adolescents. The bio-psycho-social-spiritual
approach calls for the clinician to also consider social, psychological, and spiritual factors as potentially contributing
to or causing mental illness and to consider social, academic, psychotherapeutic, and/or spiritual interventions
as part of a comprehensive, multi-modal treatment plan. The judicious use of medication in children often has its place as
a vital adjunct to other treatments, but the decision for a child to take psychotropic medication should be made only after
a thorough discussion with their doctor about
the risks, benefits, possible side-effects, and alternatives. We strive to educate patients that there are often known risks
to not treating mental illness as well.