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A psychiatrist is a board-certified medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment,
and management of mental health disorders and psychological problems. In addition to having completed
4 years of medical school, a psychiatrist completes an additional 4 years of hands-on clinical training
in an accredited hospital. And, in order to further specialize in their interests, they undergo additional
years of training depending upon the areas of specialization. Psychiatrists maintain their certification with
state and professional medical boards. Besides being diagnosticians, psychiatrists provide a variety of
procedures and interventions including psychotherapy.
A psychiatrist is an M.D. (Doctor of Medicine). To become a psychiatrist, the educational track is as follows: college, medical school, residency in psychiatry.
A psychologist can be either a Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy) or a psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology). To become a psychologist, the educational track is as follows: college and graduate school. Prior to admission to become a Ph.D. some applicants have a Master degree.
Board certification is an examination to determine proficiency in a medical specialty. Psychiatrists may sit for this exam only after they have completed all of their educational requirements. Board certification is not necessary to practice psychiatry, and a significant percentage of psychiatrists practicing today are not board certified. Nonetheless, board certification is a worthy and respectable achievement for a physician in his or her specialty. There are additional board certification exams in the subspecialties as well.
Yes. Dr. Padder is triple board certified Psychiatrist. He is a Diplomat of American board of Psychiatry and Neurology, American Board of Addiction Medicine and American Board of Clinical Psychopharmacology.
On your first appointment, we will meet in the office for a detailed interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we gather information on your current psychological and physical symptoms, personal and family history, past medical history any medications you are already taking or procedures you have undergone. Then, Dr. Padder will summarize his opinion and discuss various options to go forward. In essence, this would our first step to foster a long term doctor-patient relationship with you.
Please bring the following items on first appointment:
1. Any previous psychiatric records with the psychiatrist name & contact information.
2. A list of current medications, including over-the-counter medications and supplements.
We strictly follow and implement HIPAA laws in our practice. All your information and personal records are kept confidential unless you explicitly allow us to share by a signing “Authorization to Disclose Information” form.
Dr. Padder treats variety of psychiatric diseases and conditions. Majority of them include Mood disorders, Anxiety, Bipolar disorders, Sleep disorders, Major depression, PTSD, Panic attacks, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Substance Abuse and many others. Contact us today to find out more.
Although Dr. Padder’s private practice is not directly affiliated with any insurance panels, you are welcome to use your available out-of-network benefits. If you would like to submit for out-of-network insurance reimbursement for your treatment, Dr. Padder will provide you with the appropriate information on your service receipt and help you with any necessary paperwork.
The practice is not in network with any insurance panels but plans with out of network benefits are accepted and billed.
It depends on kind of insurance plan you are using and services and procedures being rendered. Usually, insurance companies do not fully cover your expenses and there is a copayment you have to pay on top of your insurance plan. However, we discuss payment methods at the beginning of each session. We accept cash, check and all major credit cards.
There is no specific timeframe for specific illness. Every patient is unique and responds to treatment differently depending on length, severity and type of illness. Some conditions require just one office visit and simple treatment plan and follow up. Others require a few more visits than usual and yet, there are some conditions that might warrant lifelong treatment and/or hospitalization. The sooner you come, the better the outcome is. So, schedule your visit as soon as possible to see how we can help you.
There are various factors that can be responsible for the recurrences like stressors in your life, your age, concomitant medical and psychiatric illness, non-compliance with your treatment regimen, drug or alcohol abuse, violence etc. Please follow the doctor’s instructions and come back as soon as your problem starts coming back.
Whether one chooses treatment with psychotherapy, medications or both is a very complicated decision, which takes into account many factors including personal preference and multiple clinical variables to be weighed together by both physician and client. Some illnesses such serious psychotic or mood disorders are very organic in cause and will typically require medications for full symptom remission. On the other hand, some forms of depression and anxiety are, based on our prior experiences, largely related to inflexible ways in which we may view and interact with the world. Often, these types of symptoms are best addressed in psychotherapy. In some situations, both medication and psychotherapy work best in combination. One of the many benefits of seeking consultation and treatment with Dr. Padder is his ability to work with you as an active participant in your treatment. He also educate you and discuss the benefits and risks of all possible treatment options including both psychotherapy and medication.
One size does not fit all when it comes to psychiatric treatment. Often clients are fearful that they will need to continue on medications indefinitely once started. What if I become addicted? Will I be worse if I decide to stop the medications? Depending on your situation, you and Dr. Padder may decide that medications can be a helpful tool treating you in a successful way. However, just because medications are indicated as a useful tool at one moment in time, does not necessarily mean that you will need to take medications forever. There be will an ongoing assessment of necessity and utility of medications. All treatment decisions are made in conjunction between the client and provider in terms of discussion of benefits, risks and possible utility of other treatment modalities if clients desire.
Can I see Dr. Padder for medication management and continue seeing my current therapist for psychotherapy?
Yes, if you are engaged in a productive psychotherapy already, you can certainly continue in that work. If you are considering the idea of adjuncting your treatment with psychiatric medications or at least want to learn more about the options. Dr. Padder can work closely with you and your current therapist to provide an in depth consultation to address your specific needs and concerns. A successful consult is one that ends with you being more informed about your available options.
Can Dr. Padder work with my Complementary/Alternative Medicine Practitioner or Nutritionist to help manage my mental health needs?
Yes, Dr. Padder will work with your other providers to help create a holistic, integrated treatment plan to meet your specific needs. Although Dr. Padder practices Western medicine, he does have a broad exposure to Eastern and alternative treatment modalities.
Yes, Dr. Padder offers treatment for addiction to opioids in his practice by using a very effective medication called Suboxone/Buprenorphine. Suboxone/Buprenorphine is very effective in helping clients safely and comfortably discontinue the use of pain pills and other opioids.
The address is posted on our website Click Here, or you may call the office to obtain directions.
Dr. Padder offers telepsychiatry consultation sessions for his patients in remote locations. See details under Services and call to schedule a telepsychiatry appointment
You can make the appointment on phone. We will provide all the information that is usually required on your first visit. But feel free to bring anything that you think would help in our encounter.
In case of any Emergency, Please immediately call 911. And for any urgent situation, call our office and we would look to help you as soon as possible.