About Athens Behavioral Medicine
We provide 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.
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
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 latest 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.