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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.

 

Our mission

 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.

  

Our philosophy

 ABM’s philosophy emphasizes:

  • 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
 Correct 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.

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