At Atlanta Behavioral Medicine, Inc. everyone matters. We communicate with the parents to help them understand what their young ones are going through and how to deal with it. Atlanta Behavioral Medicine inc. is an effective outpatient clinic focusing on treating the young in Atlanta, Georgia.

Our in clinic services can include the following:

  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS)
  • Computerized testing for ADHD
  • Comprehensive evaluation
  • Psychopharmacological intervention
  • Individual psychotherapy
  • Family therapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Couples Therapy
  • Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
  • Addiction Medicine

Insight-oriented therapy, addresses the source that explains our behavior. Sometimes just realizing where we acquired an irrational fear, belief, or habit is enough. Other times it provides us the conviction or the understanding to work on changing an attitude or a reaction that we know is harmful. Insight often helps us be easier on ourselves; when we recognize there’s a reason we feel or behave as we do, even as we recognize that the reason may no longer be a good one. Many patients feel a sense of freedom when they figure/find a solution for the issue.

Medication can be a valuable part of treatment for some conditions. When areas of the brain are over-stimulated/under-stimulated, may respond poorly to therapy. The brain chemistry maybe out of balance, being on the proper medication can improve the results of therapy. Each person is unique, not every person requires medication.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

What is it?

Electroconvulsive therapy, or ECT, is an underutilized procedure, which is extremely effective for quickly reversing symptoms of certain mental health conditions. During the procedure, small electric currents are passed through the brain and cause changes in brain chemistry.

ECT is nothing like what is shown in movies or TV. The procedure is done under general anesthesia while the patient is asleep, and will take no longer than 10 minutes. The electric currents are administered under a controlled setting to balance the greatest possible benefit with fewer risks.

Why is it done?

There are many conditions which can be treated with ECT:

  • Severe depression, especially when paired with detachment from reality, suicidality, or refusal to eat
  • Depression that is resistant to treatment with medications or other therapies
  • Severe mania, which is a state of intense euphoria, agitation, or overactivity. This usually occurs in bipolar disorder. Other signs of mania include impaired decision making, impulsive or risky behavior, substance abuse, or psychosis
  • Catatonia, which is a lack of movement, fast or strange movements, or lack of speech. This can happen in schizophrenia and other mental health disorders.
  • Agitation or aggression occurring in people with dementia. This can be difficult to treat with other therapies and negatively affect quality of life.

ECT is a good treatment option when other medications or therapy are not working. Patients who may be more likely to consider ECT include:

  • Pregnant women, who are unable to take oral medications which may harm the developing fetus
  • Geriatric patients, or the elder, who cannot tolerate too many medications or their side effects
  • Patients who prefer not to take medications
  • Patients who have successfully used ECT in the past

At Atlanta Behavioral Medicine, we have been fully trained in Electroconvulsive Therapy and can provide this to patients in the hospital or in the clinic. If you think ECT could help you or your loved ones, request an appointment today.

Addiction Medicine

For individuals suffering from opiate dependence, Atlanta Behavior Medicine offers a Suboxone maintenance program.

Some of the signs of dependence include:

  • Needing increased doses to maintain effectiveness
  • Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea and sweating, when attempting to quit
  • Missing work or working less
  • Finding ways to increase your dose outside of the prescription

For individuals suffering from addiction or dependence, we offer a suboxone maintenance program.

Suboxone (also known as Buprenorphine/Naloxone, Subutex, Bunavail, and Zubsolv) is a prescription medication that can be used to treat opiate dependence. Our Suboxone Program has been set up to promote the healthiest possible recovery.

Our treatments are individualized for maximum effect. While in the program, patients remain under the supervision of one of our board certified psychiatrists which increases chances of complete recovery. We work to maintain this recovery and address emotional, physical, and mental well-being to get optimal results.

The Suboxone Program occurs in four stages:

Stage I: Induction. At this stage, patients undergo psychological and physical assessment to determine if they are an appropriate candidate. They will receive their first doses of Suboxone in a hospital setting and monitored for adverse effects and withdrawal symptoms. This period can last from 3-6 days to avoid any complications during withdrawal and Suboxone induction.

Stage II: Stabilization. During this time patients may be experiencing withdrawal and cravings which can lead to relapse. We carefully monitor and tailor our Suboxone carefully during this time to alleviate any unwanted symptoms. The patient will also undergo counseling during this time. They will have to take urine tests to ensure they are compliant with the program. This stage can take anywhere from 2 days to a month.

Stage 3: Maintenance. At this stage, patients can continue treatment in the clinic. Patients at this stage will need to be highly motivated. They must sign a contract which states that patient may only take medications as prescribed, they cannot combine drugs or alcohol with their medications, they may not get medications from other offices, and are willing to continue urine drug tests. Patients must also keep their appointments and attend AA or NA meetings as needed. Patients will be continued on their optimal Suboxone dose during this time while attending daily or weekly group therapy. This stage is highly tailored to each individual and can last up to a year.

If you believe you or your loved ones may benefit from our Suboxone Program, please call our office for an appointment.

Some facts on Suboxone and opioid use:

  • Dependence is on the rise and is currently estimated to be approaching one million people
  • Increased use is especially occurring in young adults
  • Heroin, Percodan, Vicodin, Methadone and Oxycontin are the most commonly used and abused opioids
  • Since 2003, the Drug Addiction Treatment Act allows qualified physicians to obtain certification and prescribe Suboxone to treat opiate dependent people in a variety of settings
  • Suboxone is a combination of Buprenorphine and Naloxone, and the leading drug of choice to treat opiate dependence in the non-federal setting
  • The Buprenorphine component of Suboxone is a “partial” opiate capable of satisfying the body’s need for narcotics, but does not cause the euphoria or dangerous respiratory distress of “full” opiates
  • The Naloxone component cancels the opiate effect of Buprenorphine if Suboxone is misused by snorting or IV injection; therefore, Suboxone has little or no potential for abuse

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American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
American Counseling Association
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
Association for Psychological Science
Canadian Mental Health Association
Center for Mental Health Services
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Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
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Developmental Disorders
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Personality Disorders
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