Help for Psychological Conditions

We all feel in a bit of a slump after the holidays. However, if your sadness goes deeper than the post-holiday blues, Dr. Mark Tanner and our compassionate staff at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC want to help.

Why reach out?

During these unprecedented times of pandemics and isolation, it helps to understand whether the depression or anxiety you’re feeling is more than just a short-term reaction. Dr. Tanner evaluates your mental health issues through a thorough psychiatric evaluation in the privacy of our office. We know it’s scary to ask for help. However, it’s even more frightening to handle it all on your own.

The first line of treatment

Getting a psychiatric evaluation is the first step on your road toward better mental health. We evaluate you for a variety of issues, including:

Dr. Tanner works with patients of every age, from children to seniors.

Diagnostic tools

We employ various assessments and tests to diagnose your condition.

Tests

Dr. Tanner uses standardized, “norm-referenced” tests to measure certain psychological traits or disorders. These may include questionnaires and checklists. It’s important to answer truthfully and not try to come up with answers you think we want to hear.

Assessments

We use medical histories and direct observation to diagnose patients’ psychological issues. In the case of children, we ask parents and even educators to submit information about the child’s habits or interactions at school.

Patients may be asked to write down their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors for a time. There’s nothing to prepare for or study. We simply use these evaluations to get a complete picture of your life to prescribe the best course of treatment.

Who should get evaluated?

The American Psychiatric Association recognizes certain behaviors as warning signs. Dr. Tanner helps you understand whether you should be tested and/or treated for mental illness. Issues of concern include:

This last one’s especially difficult to diagnose right now, since we’ve been forced to socially distance from others due to the pandemic. If your withdrawal is long-standing, Dr. Tanner recommends ways to help you cope.

What happens during your psychiatric evaluation

We perform a mental health assessment to gain a fuller picture of your emotional health. Dr. Tanner evaluates areas of cognitive functioning, such as:

  1. Reasoning
  2. Thought processes
  3. Memory

We’ll also consider your mood, behavior, and how you relate to others. Overly aggressive or unduly withdrawn behavior may be a sign of a psychological disorder. Your assessment may include lab tests to rule out underlying health issues.

SAD for no reason

Sometimes feeling down can be a sign of the season. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) usually strikes during the darker winter months. You may feel more tired, hungry, or depressed, which may be due to:

Once we’ve diagnosed your condition, Dr. Tanner discusses the next course of action. This may include medication combined with therapy or ongoing psychiatric care.

Help is on the way

If you feel out of sorts and want to discuss any physical or psychological issues, please reach out to Dr. Tanner and our caring team at 404-355-2000 or book an appointment online at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC in Atlanta, Georgia today.

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