What is Telepsychiatry? 

Telepsychiatry is the application of telemedicine to the specialty field of psychiatry. The term typically describes the delivery of psychiatric assessment and care through telecommunications technology, usually videoconferencing.

What are the Benefits of Telepsychiatry? 

Appointments can be conducted in the privacy of your own home or any private location where you have internet access. No more commuting or sitting in a waiting room. Effective and convenient for busy schedules. 

Is Telepsychiatry secure? 

All communications are provided via a private, secure, and HIPAA-compliant video conferencing software. 

Where is your office and the requirements for accepting new clients? 

Our office is virtual. We accept adult clients over the age of 18 from the states of Florida and California. Our clients must have the skill set and capability to navigate our Tele-Platform and Patient Portal electronically. 

What is the process/next steps for new clients? 

1. Contact us to book a date and time for your initial consultation appointment. 

2. We will email you an invitation to register for our patient portal. 

3. We will send you an email to complete our online assessment and consent forms. 

4. Once you have completed the assessment and consent forms, you will be ready for your virtual appointment. 

Do you take insurance? 

We do not accept insurance. Payment is due at the time of the appointment. We want you receive the best care possible without a third party trying to dictate your care. We do provide an invoice for you to submit for insurance re-imbursement**

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What is Depression

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.

More than just a bout of the blues, depression isn’t a weakness and you can’t simply “snap out” of it. Depression may require long-term treatment. But don’t get discouraged. Most people with depression feel better with medication, psychotherapy or both.

Symptoms

Although depression may occur only once during your life, people typically have multiple episodes. During these episodes, symptoms occur most of the day, nearly every day and may include:

  • Feelings of sadness, tearfulness, emptiness or hopelessness
  • Angry outbursts, irritability or frustration, even over small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in most or all normal activities, such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Sleep disturbances, including insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Tiredness and lack of energy, so even small tasks take extra effort
  • Reduced appetite and weight loss or increased cravings for food and weight gain
  • Anxiety, agitation or restlessness
  • Slowed thinking, speaking or body movements
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt, fixating on past failures or self-blame
  • Trouble thinking, concentrating, making decisions and remembering things
  • Frequent or recurrent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicide attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems, such as back pain or headaches

For many people with depression, symptoms usually are severe enough to cause noticeable problems in day-to-day activities, such as work, school, social activities or relationships with others. Some people may feel generally miserable or unhappy without really knowing why.

Depression symptoms in older adults

Depression is not a normal part of growing older, and it should never be taken lightly. 

Unfortunately, depression often goes undiagnosed and untreated in older adults, and they may feel reluctant to seek help. Symptoms of depression may be different or less obvious in older adults, such as:

  • Memory difficulties or personality changes
  • Physical aches or pain
  • Fatigue, loss of appetite, sleep problems or loss of interest in sex — not caused by a medical condition or medication
  • Often wanting to stay at home, rather than going out to socialize or doing new things
  • Suicidal thinking or feelings, especially in older men

Anxiety

Experiencing occasional anxiety is a normal part of life. However, people with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).

These feelings of anxiety and panic interfere with daily activities, are difficult to control, are out of proportion to the actual danger and can last a long time. You may avoid places or situations to prevent these feelings. Symptoms may start during childhood or the teen years and continue into adulthood.

Examples of anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder (social phobia), specific phobias and separation anxiety disorder. You can have more than one anxiety disorder. Sometimes anxiety results from a medical condition that needs treatment.

Symptoms

Common anxiety signs and symptoms include:

  • Feeling nervous, restless or tense
  • Having a sense of impending danger, panic or doom
  • Having an increased heart rate
  • Breathing rapidly (hyperventilation)
  • Sweating
  • Trembling
  • Feeling weak or tired
  • Trouble concentrating or thinking about anything other than the present worry
  • Having trouble sleeping
  • Experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) problems
  • Having difficulty controlling worry
  • Having the urge to avoid things that trigger anxiety

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that can cause above-normal levels of hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. People with ADHD may also have trouble focusing their attention on a single task or sitting still for long periods of time.

Both adults and children can have ADHD. It’s a diagnosis the American Psychiatric Association (APA) recognizes. Learn about types of ADHD and symptoms in both children and adults.

ADHD symptoms

A wide range of behaviors are associated with ADHD. Some of the more common ones include:

  • Having trouble focusing or concentrating on tasks
  • Being forgetful about completing tasks
  • Being easily distracted
  • Having difficulty sitting still
  • Interrupting people while they’re talking

Symptoms and Signs of Adult ADHD

  • Lack of focus
  • Hyperfocus
  • Disorganization
  • Time management problems
  • Forgetfulness
  • Impulsivity
  • Emotional problems
  • Poor self-image
  • Lack of motivation
  • Restlessness and anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Health problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Substance misuse

Bipolar Symptoms

  • Inflated self-esteem
  • Decreased need for sleep e.g. feels rested after only 3 hours of sleep
  • More talkative than usual or pressure to keep talking
  • Feel like thoughts are racing
  • Distractible, attention easily drawn to unimportant or irrelevant external stimuli
  • Excessive involvement in activities that have a high potential for painful consequences