TMS & Brain Health
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Led by an interdisciplinary team, we specialize in cutting-edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and ketamine for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. We are the first TMS center in Southern California to specialize in this FDA-approved, highly effective and technologically advanced treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms: lack of interest and/or pleasure in activities, excessive sleeping, insomnia, excessive sadness, or inability to focus... then TMS may be right for you. Call now for your consultation.
(818) 960-7970
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
Led by an interdisciplinary team, we specialize in cutting-edge treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and ketamine for depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. We are the first TMS center in Southern California to specialize in this FDA-approved, highly effective and technologically advanced treatment. If you experience any of the following symptoms: lack of interest and/or pleasure in activities, excessive sleeping, insomnia, excessive sadness, or inability to focus... then TMS may be right for you. Call now for your consultation.
Nancy Wu
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
I specialize in childhood/adolescent developmental struggles, ADHD, and mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. My goal is to witness and support you as you embark on this heroic journey of self-discovery and growth. I understand that life can be hard and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. I use a holistic approach to help patients ease their suffering and live life with more joy, spontaneity, and well-being.
(424) 374-3461
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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I specialize in childhood/adolescent developmental struggles, ADHD, and mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders.
It takes a lot of courage to ask for help. My goal is to witness and support you as you embark on this heroic journey of self-discovery and growth. I understand that life can be hard and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. I use a holistic approach to help patients ease their suffering and live life with more joy, spontaneity, and well-being.
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Arsalan Malik
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
I practice a psychodynamically informed psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to help patients with mood and personality disorders who often get misdiagnosed with major psychiatric illnesses as prescribers try in vain to find medications that work.
I focus on my patient as an equal and active partner in treatment. I conceptualize psychiatric treatment as a collaboration involving a process of two people thinking and changing what either alone cannot think or change. Overall, I have found medications can be, but are not always a first line choice for the individual. Psychotherapy has been relegated to the backburner as drugs occupy an increasingly pivotal role in patient care. I endeavor to find a middle road of plain old therapy, in addition to medications to help my patients find meaning in their lives and satisfaction in their relationships.
(424) 259-2673
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
I practice a psychodynamically informed psychopharmacology and psychotherapy to help patients with mood and personality disorders who often get misdiagnosed with major psychiatric illnesses as prescribers try in vain to find medications that work.
I focus on my patient as an equal and active partner in treatment. I conceptualize psychiatric treatment as a collaboration involving a process of two people thinking and changing what either alone cannot think or change. Overall, I have found medications can be, but are not always a first line choice for the individual. Psychotherapy has been relegated to the backburner as drugs occupy an increasingly pivotal role in patient care. I endeavor to find a middle road of plain old therapy, in addition to medications to help my patients find meaning in their lives and satisfaction in their relationships.
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Clear Mind Treatment
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Insurance based. Ketamine, Infusions, EMDR, TMS, Neurofeedback are a backbone of our service. We treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma disorders, personality disorders and more. Clear Mind Treatment is the perfect option for those looking for insurance based psychiatry, medication management services, and an outpatient detox program. Also, Clear Mind is ideal for those seeking a flexible therapy program where they can talk over video conference or in office.
(424) 395-3433
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Insurance based. Ketamine, Infusions, EMDR, TMS, Neurofeedback are a backbone of our service. We treat anxiety, depression, mood disorders, substance abuse, trauma disorders, personality disorders and more. Clear Mind Treatment is the perfect option for those looking for insurance based psychiatry, medication management services, and an outpatient detox program. Also, Clear Mind is ideal for those seeking a flexible therapy program where they can talk over video conference or in office.
Michael Zito
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a therapist, a board-certified psychiatrist, and a researcher who is interested in helping people with the entire spectrum of mental health concerns. I have a special interest in psychotherapy, and can help people recover from mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and issues related to work or relationships. My therapeutic style is eclectic – I combine techniques rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mentalization-based, and supportive therapies. When necessary, I also can help in selecting appropriate medications.
(213) 908-1971
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
I am a therapist, a board-certified psychiatrist, and a researcher who is interested in helping people with the entire spectrum of mental health concerns. I have a special interest in psychotherapy, and can help people recover from mood disorders, anxiety, personality disorders, and issues related to work or relationships. My therapeutic style is eclectic – I combine techniques rooted in psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, mentalization-based, and supportive therapies. When necessary, I also can help in selecting appropriate medications.
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Carol A Eisen
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Convenient, collaborative, supportive, empathic psychiatric care and psychotherapy in the privacy and comfort of your own home? Whether you are interested in psychotherapy or medication or a combination, I can help you to decrease your symptoms, improve your sense of well-being, achieve your goals, and explore greater self understanding and insight. I am a Board certified psychiatrist and specialize in evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders, and provide therapy for life's challenges and transitions. Congratulations on taking the next step to your better life!
(424) 367-0144
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Convenient, collaborative, supportive, empathic psychiatric care and psychotherapy in the privacy and comfort of your own home? Whether you are interested in psychotherapy or medication or a combination, I can help you to decrease your symptoms, improve your sense of well-being, achieve your goals, and explore greater self understanding and insight. I am a Board certified psychiatrist and specialize in evidence-based treatment for anxiety disorders, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders, and provide therapy for life's challenges and transitions. Congratulations on taking the next step to your better life!
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Kristen Melnyk
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I have over 20 years of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy. I have helped people with chronic medical illnesses, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, difficulty with life transitions, relationship difficulties with parents, siblings, partners/spouses, children, friends or co-workers. I prescribe medication when necessary, and I have helped patients who prefer not to take medication or who want to taper off meds.
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90402
I have over 20 years of experience as a psychiatrist specializing in psychotherapy. I have helped people with chronic medical illnesses, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, difficulty with life transitions, relationship difficulties with parents, siblings, partners/spouses, children, friends or co-workers. I prescribe medication when necessary, and I have helped patients who prefer not to take medication or who want to taper off meds.
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Margaret Haglund
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
I trained at Columbia and UCLA, and am double Board Certified in Adult and Addiction psychiatry. I completed additional post-graduate training in the UCLA Mood Disorders Fellowship, gaining expertise in depression, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant conditions. I also have expertise in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, having been selected as a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. I previously worked at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center as Assistant Professor and as Medical Director of a Collaborative Care Initiative designed to address the needs of primary care and Ob-Gyn patients.
(310) 935-0754
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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I trained at Columbia and UCLA, and am double Board Certified in Adult and Addiction psychiatry. I completed additional post-graduate training in the UCLA Mood Disorders Fellowship, gaining expertise in depression, bipolar disorder, and treatment resistant conditions. I also have expertise in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, having been selected as a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. I previously worked at the Cedars Sinai Medical Center as Assistant Professor and as Medical Director of a Collaborative Care Initiative designed to address the needs of primary care and Ob-Gyn patients.
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The Moment By Dr. Stacy Cohen
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
We treat a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and addictive disorders.
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
(424) 581-0896
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
We treat a variety of mental health issues including anxiety and mood disorders, ADHD, and addictive disorders.
I founded www.themomenthealth.com to create a safe space for our clients looking to both heal and grow. By using a bio/psycho/social/spiritual approach, we allow for holistic treatment that is tailored to the individual.
Josephine McNary
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
I have completed specialty fellowship training in both psycho-oncology and mood disorders.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist with offices in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Echo Park and Pasadena. I also offer tele-psychiatry services. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq2tAiFIv5o and https://www.calpsychiatry.com. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
(310) 935-0754
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
I have completed specialty fellowship training in both psycho-oncology and mood disorders.
I am a board-certified general psychiatrist with offices in Santa Monica, Downtown Los Angeles, Hermosa Beach, Santa Barbara, Marina del Rey, Echo Park and Pasadena. I also offer tele-psychiatry services. I see a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I provide medication management. Learn more at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eq2tAiFIv5o and https://www.calpsychiatry.com. I am interested in the use of complementary medicine for mood and anxiety disorders. I am currently attending staff at the UCLA Department of Psychiatry, where I provide both inpatient psychiatry and consultation services.
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Liz Stanley Mood Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, BSN Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90408
Offers video visits
Mood Health is a mission-driven telepsychiatry company that aims to make high-quality care affordable and accessible.
Hi! I'm Liz, and I work with Mood Health (www.moodhealth.com). Growing up, I had an aunt who was in and out of psychiatric hospitals due to depression. I used to love visiting her and the other patients, and my interest in connecting with people in mental health developed at a very young age because of this. With 15 years in the field, I bring experience from working in inpatient units, addiction units, and crisis stabilization sites including psychiatric emergency rooms and psychiatric urgent care centers. I'm passionate about body positivity in the mental health space and believe that mental health shouldn't be stigmatized.
(415) 413-3194
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90408
Offers video visits
Mood Health is a mission-driven telepsychiatry company that aims to make high-quality care affordable and accessible.
Hi! I'm Liz, and I work with Mood Health (www.moodhealth.com). Growing up, I had an aunt who was in and out of psychiatric hospitals due to depression. I used to love visiting her and the other patients, and my interest in connecting with people in mental health developed at a very young age because of this. With 15 years in the field, I bring experience from working in inpatient units, addiction units, and crisis stabilization sites including psychiatric emergency rooms and psychiatric urgent care centers. I'm passionate about body positivity in the mental health space and believe that mental health shouldn't be stigmatized.
Beatrice Rabkin
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
I completed my psychiatry residency training at USC, where my training included medication management, women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I have office locations in Pasadena and Echo Park. While I specialize in medication management, I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
(310) 935-0754
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
I completed my psychiatry residency training at USC, where my training included medication management, women’s mental health, mood and anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Thank you for visiting my profile! I am a board-certified general psychiatrist, working with a variety of patients in my outpatient practice. I have office locations in Pasadena and Echo Park. While I specialize in medication management, I use a multimodal approach with clients that draws upon psychotherapy, mindfulness work, Yoga psychology, and other integrative practices. For more info about my holistic approach to treatment, here's an informative podcast highlighting my work: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/holistic-psychiatry-dr-beatrice-rabkin-md/id1501515784?i=1000502625263 or https://youtu.be/wJe3t3ZzkNs
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Candyce DeLoatch
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Let's work together to help you reach your goals. Whether you or your child desire to emerge from the depths of persistent sadness, stabilize your highs and lows, diminish the impact of voices, visions and paranoid thinking, or reduce chronic worry and fear, we'll devise a plan to improve your state of mind. If you or your child have trouble paying attention in school, struggle with social interactions or making friends, display behavioral problems including tantrums and physical aggression or suffer low mood or chronic worry, request an evaluation to begin the treatment process.
(424) 322-1087
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
Let's work together to help you reach your goals. Whether you or your child desire to emerge from the depths of persistent sadness, stabilize your highs and lows, diminish the impact of voices, visions and paranoid thinking, or reduce chronic worry and fear, we'll devise a plan to improve your state of mind. If you or your child have trouble paying attention in school, struggle with social interactions or making friends, display behavioral problems including tantrums and physical aggression or suffer low mood or chronic worry, request an evaluation to begin the treatment process.
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Alexis Meshi
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
I have a particular interest in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry and enjoy providing specialized care to women suffering from reproductive associated mood disorders, including PMS, illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
(949) 353-6801
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Offers video visits
I have a particular interest in perinatal and reproductive psychiatry and enjoy providing specialized care to women suffering from reproductive associated mood disorders, including PMS, illness during pregnancy and the postpartum period.
Receive care from the comfort of your home! Do you struggle with depression, anxiety, or attention and focus difficulties? Are your symptoms causing problems in your life? Are your relationships being affected? Are you not able to work to your potential? Are you unsatisfied in life and want to make major positive changes? Or are you doing well but want to further optimize your life situation? If you or a loved one suffer from emotional or mental distress, you have come to the right place. Welcome to my practice. I look forward meeting you and your loved ones and making your world a happier and a better place.
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Dan Begel
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
Dr. Begel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. At Yale he studied the conceptual foundations of psychiatry and the core principles of diverse treatment methods. Today he treats people for a wide variety of issues, from the seemingly mild to the severe. He is up to date on psychiatric research and treatment, and utilizes the full range of methods in his work, including genetic analysis, psychotherapy, and medication management.
(424) 610-8627
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
Dr. Begel received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Yale University, where he also completed his residency in psychiatry. At Yale he studied the conceptual foundations of psychiatry and the core principles of diverse treatment methods. Today he treats people for a wide variety of issues, from the seemingly mild to the severe. He is up to date on psychiatric research and treatment, and utilizes the full range of methods in his work, including genetic analysis, psychotherapy, and medication management.
Verretta Moore
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
My great passion is to bring to light and stamp out stigma on mental health. I have helped clients across the life span to manage the symptoms of their mental health diagnoses with the appropriate medications and integrate some talk therapy in our sessions. I bring 20 + years of medical nursing experience and 5 years as an advanced practice professional in mental and behavioral health.
(424) 403-1685
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
Offers video visits
My great passion is to bring to light and stamp out stigma on mental health. I have helped clients across the life span to manage the symptoms of their mental health diagnoses with the appropriate medications and integrate some talk therapy in our sessions. I bring 20 + years of medical nursing experience and 5 years as an advanced practice professional in mental and behavioral health.
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Bernadette Grosjean
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Offers video visits
I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years including 11 years as a professor of psychiatry at Harbor UCLA and 18 years in a NGO based in the Asian community. Working with individuals with wide-ranging diagnoses and very different life journeys, I learned the value of flexibility and use different modes of psychotherapy based on my assessment of the patient's needs. I have a strong psychopharmacology background and prescribe medication when appropriate. I believe in a candid, respectful and collaborative relationship with the patient as well as with his or her family if appropriate, and referring healthcare professional always.
(310) 896-4039
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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I have practiced psychiatry for 30 years including 11 years as a professor of psychiatry at Harbor UCLA and 18 years in a NGO based in the Asian community. Working with individuals with wide-ranging diagnoses and very different life journeys, I learned the value of flexibility and use different modes of psychotherapy based on my assessment of the patient's needs. I have a strong psychopharmacology background and prescribe medication when appropriate. I believe in a candid, respectful and collaborative relationship with the patient as well as with his or her family if appropriate, and referring healthcare professional always.
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Dmitriy Shmaryan @ The Moment
Psychiatrist, DO Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90403
An individual seeking help with restoration of their body's innate ability to heal itself accomplished through the identification and resolution of barriers to optimal mental health.
(310) 340-6273
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
An individual seeking help with restoration of their body's innate ability to heal itself accomplished through the identification and resolution of barriers to optimal mental health.
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Amir E Ettekal
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Santa Monica, CA 90401
*Offices in Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica.* I am a psychiatrist specialized in understanding both the biological and psychological factors of human emotions. I take the time to understand what my patients need and through a collaborative approach, we create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Through my work in clinical trials, I stay on the forefront of medication innovation and safety, giving me first-hand experience in the most effective, and safe treatments. Through my training in psychotherapy I continue to address the emotional and psychological aspects of that person.
(310) 341-2905
Verified

Santa Monica, CA 90401
*Offices in Hermosa Beach & Santa Monica.* I am a psychiatrist specialized in understanding both the biological and psychological factors of human emotions. I take the time to understand what my patients need and through a collaborative approach, we create a personalized treatment plan based on your unique needs. Through my work in clinical trials, I stay on the forefront of medication innovation and safety, giving me first-hand experience in the most effective, and safe treatments. Through my training in psychotherapy I continue to address the emotional and psychological aspects of that person.
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Brandon D. Schneider
Psychiatrist, MD Verified
Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
Welcome to my practice! I take a multifaceted approach that integrates medications, psychotherapy and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive treatment plan specific to you. I strongly believe in shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time working on sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues. I have specialized training in treating addiction (including the use of Suboxone for opiate abuse) and women's mental health but am well-versed in treating any mental health condition.
(310) 997-4904
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Office is near:
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Offers video visits
Welcome to my practice! I take a multifaceted approach that integrates medications, psychotherapy and behavioral strategies into a comprehensive treatment plan specific to you. I strongly believe in shoring up wellness rather than treating illness, and you can expect to spend a significant amount of time working on sleep, fitness and nutrition, in addition to tackling deeper psychological issues. I have specialized training in treating addiction (including the use of Suboxone for opiate abuse) and women's mental health but am well-versed in treating any mental health condition.

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Mood Disorders Psychiatrists
Mood Disorder is a clinical term given to a group of diagnoses in the DSM IV guide where an imbalance in someone's mood (e.g. hyper or depressed) is the main underlying feature of their condition. Mood Disorder may also be referred to as Mood Affective Disorder. Two types of mood disorders (or mood affective disorders) are broadly recognized; there are depressive disorders, such as major depressive disorder (MDD), clinical depression or major depression. And bipolar disorder (BD), which used to be known as manic depression and is characterized by periods of mania or hypomania, interlaced with depressive episodes.

Seasonal Affective Mood Disorder or Seasonal Mood Disorder (SAD) is generally included within the former type/group as it's not characterized by hyper or manic moods.

If you're looking for help with mood disorders in Santa Monica or for a Santa Monica mood disorder Psychiatrist these professionals provide help for mood disorders. They include mood disorder Psychiatrists in Santa Monica, mood disorder psychologists, mood disorder psychotherapists and mood disorder counselors. They can help with counseling for mood disorders in Santa Monica (mood disorder counseling) and Santa Monica treatment for mood disorders.

About Psychiatrists, meds and Psychiatric Nurses.

A Psychiatrist in Santa Monica is a qualified medical doctor who specializes in treating mental health issues and diagnosable disorders.

Santa Monica Psychiatrists differ from other mental health professionals in that they may prescribe medication as well as practice psychotherapy in treatment. Sometimes, Psychiatrists form part of a clinical team in which they will diagnose and prescribe, while psychologists or therapists provide the client's psychotherapy.

As part of a clinical assessment, Psychiatrists may conduct physical examinations, take blood tests, and order and interpret lab tests and brain image scans, such as CT scans, CAT Scans and MRIs.

The field of psychiatry in Santa Monica has many sub specialties including pediatric psychiatry (so check for Santa Monica child psychiatrists or adolescent psychiatrists in Santa Monica). Those who work with the elderly are called geriatric psychiatrists.

Other related sub specialties include cognition psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, psychosomatic, forensic, reproductive medicine specialties, psychopharmacology (certain states license Psychopharmacologists), psychiatric genetics, neuroimaging, and clinical neurophysiology.

Psychiatric nurse practitioners in Santa Monica, or mental health nurse practitioners, generally have a MS degree in nursing (MSN) and a number of years training to become certified. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are able to assess and diagnose mental health conditions and prescribe medication. Santa Monica Psychiatric nurse practitioners also have training that enables them to include psychotherapy with treatment.