Over the past several decades and especially in recent years, psychiatry has advanced as a medical discipline due to the introduction of improved diagnostic tools and treatment methods. These scientific advances and clinical breakthroughs should provide real excitement and hope to patients and their loved ones, as mental health professionals now have many more options to relieve emotional pain and suffering.
However, with the explosion in neuroscientific knowledge and treatment methods (such as medications and talk therapy), psychiatry has become incredibly complex and confusing. Patients and family members need a highly trained psychiatrist to help them find the right diagnosis, identify all the relevant treatment options, and navigate a complicated mental health care system in order to get the best care possible. I have devoted my professional life to being just this kind of psychiatrist.
From so many patients and family members who are frightened and confused about mental illness, I often hear the question "Where do I start?" My years of clinical practice have made it clear to me that establishing a close and trusting alliance with a well-trained, highly experienced psychiatrist is exactly the place to start. The psychiatrist, trained as a medical doctor and specializing in mental health issues, has the knowledge and experience required for the difficult task of diagnosing mental illness, recommending treatment options (including medications), and coordinating a team of professionals to assist in diagnosis and treatment.
Much of my past professional experience and current practice has been devoted to performing evaluations and consultations for patients and their loved ones who are just getting started in the process of finding appropriate mental health care. In some cases, I meet with patients on a short-term basis to establish a diagnosis, suggest an initial treatment plan, and provide referrals to other clinicians. In other cases, I form long-term treatment relationships with patients that focus on managing illness, promoting wellness, and reaching the goal of optimal functioning. Another dimension of my professional practice is executive coaching, which helps high-level professionals and business leaders to manage stress, avoid burnout, and develop leadership skills which can help them advance their careers.
Please feel free to contact me directly if you wish to discuss setting up an appointment. My office telephone number is (617) 932-1548, and my email address is ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.