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 specialty's
standard of care
- involvement of family members and other social supports
- patient and family education
- cutting-edge treatments & assessment methods, utilizing the lastest technology
in the field of medicine
diagnosis is especially important in psychiatric practice, because it drives all subsequent treatment decisions,
and because of the stigma involved with inappropriate “labeling.” At ABM, a comprehensive evaluation
includes thorough medical record review, clinical interviews, psychometric rating scales and targeted psychological
tests, and specific biopsychosocial treatment recommendations. At times, lab work or brain imaging techniques
such as MRI or quantitative EEG may also be utilized in the evaluation process.
Our 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.