Tuesday, June 30, 2009

WebMD Visits for Feature on Peers helping Peers


A film crew from WebMD - the award-winning website that blends expertise in medicine, journalism, communication and content - came by this morning to record an interview with me and shadow me for a day as I worked with clients. It was exciting. Along with the Mayo Clinic, WebMD has some of the most clear, comprehensive and evidence-based information on mental health on the Web. The WebMD film crew met me a little after 6:15 am and followed me through my morning routines, including taking medicine, to the office for a case management meeting, then a two-hour IEP meeting for a student at a high school, two sessions with clients at the office and then the sit-down interview. Two clients -- one with attention deficit disorder and one bipolar disorder -- and several colleagues -- including Dr. Bill Ling, a noted nueropsychologist and Dr. Maggie Avedisian, a top-flight psychologist for adults and adolescents -- agreed to be filmed by the WebMD crew. Details on when the film will be available will be forthcoming but the focus appears to be on people with mental illnesses -- in this case, bipolar disorder -- helping others mental illnesses, and it the film crew told me that they have interviewed Patty Duke, among others.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Washingtonian Top Doctors


Washingtonian magazine has released its latest list of top doctors, and among the psychologists and psychiatrists, selected by peers, based on a criteria of whom their colleagues would send a friend or family member to for help, are three familiar names: the director and a psychologist from the practice (Ashburn Psychological Services), Dr. Michael Oberschneider; the main psychiatrist at the practice, Dr. Sabah Hadi and a psychiatrist have referred dozens of peers with bipolar to over the years, Dr. Roy Stefanik.

Dr. Stefanik is one of the fastest and most detailed diagnosticians I have seen, saving patients and family much time and many headaches. He also understands the depths of pharmacology and provides insight-orientation therapy that helps, in many cases, to separate behaviors from moods, to see where are intertwined and to come with a plan to address most. She has been stolen for almost a day each week by George Mason University to provide his diagnostic and pharmacology services there.

I have worked up-close-and-personal with Dr. Oherschnieder, who has built the area's strongest free-for-service psychological and psychiatric practice, with two adolescent men struggle with substance abuse. The outcomes were strong.

Dr. Hadi and I coordinate our clients from cradle to grave, with progress notes, paperwork, lab works, pharmacologists, meetings with pharmaceutical representative meetings and setting in session with clients. This leads out to case management everything from originality treatment to crisis intervention. Like Mehul Mankad, MD., Dr. Hadi is one of my personal favorites in the whole world of mental health. Dr. Hadi is one of the two clinicians who refers the most clients to me and trusts me get involved in conversations with them about medication management, crisis intervention, helping manage triggers and build life skills, coordinating aftercare with emergency rooms (I'm the one at 3am talk to the emergency room doctors about the patient's medical profile and the potential efficacy of one drug or other her - of course, all with Dr. Hadi's approval) psychiatric hospitals and the outcomes with those clients have been strong. He is said to be a real pro wtih adolescents, but I don't have all those many clients in that range with psychiatric illnesses. I have no doubt, though.