Neuro-Psychiatric Evaluations, Testing, and Treatments
Many families in the United States are affected by mental illness. The current estimate is that about 20% of the U.S. population is affected by emotional disorders during a given year, the most common illnesses being depression and anxiety.
Nearly 8 million adults are diagnosed with adult ADHD and it tends to run in families. In adults, this illness can affect functioning at both work and at home and lead to the following complications: low productivity and earnings, frequent job changes, relationship difficulties, substance abuse, legal problems, etc. In children and adolescents, this illness can lead to poor academic performance, problems with peers at school, risk for drug and alcohol abuse, and risk for accidents/injuries.
Whether you are suffering from depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, OCD, ADHD or post-concussion syndrome, Dr. Kant or one of his associates can help to treat your symptoms and improve your overall functioning.
Brain injury (BI) is a major cause of death and disability in the United States. Brain injuries occur commonly in children and young adults with the peak incidence occurring between ages 15 and 30. One million children are taken into emergency rooms each year with brain injuries. Common causes of brain injuries include: motor vehicle accidents, bicycle collisions, falls, sports, physical abuse/assault, and firearms. Additionally, individuals may also suffer brain injuries as the result of illness, infections, anoxia (loss of oxygen), tumors, strokes, multiple sclerosis, or metabolic disorders. Following a head injury, individuals may experience post-concussion syndrome, which may last for weeks to months. Frequent symptoms of post-concussion syndrome (PCS) are headaches, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety, irritability, mood lability, insomnia, noise and light sensitivity, and poor focus/memory. In most individuals, PCS symptoms are time-limited, usually resolving within 3 -4 weeks; however, these symptoms can last up to a year or longer in some individuals. Depending on the severity of the symptoms and the impact on the individual’s functioning, Dr. Kant and the other providers will conduct a comprehensive evaluation to treat these symptoms by utilizing appropriate education, medications, therapy, acupuncture, and referrals to other providers.
A Neuropsychological evaluation is a testing method used for the purpose of obtaining objective measures about a patient’s abilities in areas of cognitive, motor, behavior, language, and executive functioning. The evaluation provides information to assist with differential diagnosis of a cognitive deficit, guide effective treatment methods for the rehabilitation of impaired patients, monitor the effectiveness of therapeutic interventions, and determine the rate of change over time in these areas of functioning. Neuropsychological evaluations are often used for patients who have sustained a head injury, have had an exposure to toxins, have a medical diagnosis that has a cognitive component (such as Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, or Cardiovascular disease), or a dementia disorder.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a form of Psychotherapy that emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the idea that we can change the way that we think in order to act and feel better about situations and life experiences. CBT therapists focus on teaching skills to improve coping and learning new approaches for self-management of problems. CBT is a collaborative effort between the therapist and the client, for setting goals and providing a direction for therapy.