Our physicians are faculty members at the University of Florida, expertly trained and certified by the American Board in Psychiatry to provide patients with consultations, evaluations and treatments as well as a wide variety of services.
Patient Programs at Psychiatry at Springhill
- Treatment - Resistant Depression
- Bipolar Disorder
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Best Life Program: Obesity Management
- Sleep Disorders
- Patient Assessment Forms
Depression may be described as feeling sad, blue, unhappy, miserable or down in the dumps. Most of us feel this way at one time or another for short periods. However, clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger or frustration interfere with everyday life for a longer period of time. Major depression is typically more severe and can cause patients to be a danger to themselves or others.
True clinical depression is a mood disorder in which feelings of sadness, loss, anger, or frustration interfere with everyday life for weeks or longer.
Adolescent depression is a disorder that affects teenagers. It leads to sadness, discouragement, and a loss of self-worth and interest in their usual activities.
Depression in the elderly is a widespread problem, but is often not recognized or treated. In the elderly, a number of life changes can increase the risk for depression, or make existing depression worse.
What is Treatment-resistant depression?
Treatment-resistant depression (TRD) also known as refractory depression is defined as depression that has not responded to adequate trials of at least two antidepressants in adequate dosages.
Over one third of patients with depression tend to be treatment refractory with about 5% of these patients having severe depression. TRD adds a significant burden to patients, families, health care costs and increases risk for suicide.
Who can be seen in TRD clinic?
- Anybody who has depression that has not responding well to antidepresant medication treatments, single agents or a combination of antidepressants
- Anybody who has not responded to electro-convulsive therapy
- Any body who has not responded to other brain stimulation techniques like Transcranial magnetic stimulation, deep brain stimulation and vagaus nerve stimulation.
If depression begins to control a person’s life, or if someone is not benefitting from anti-depressant medication, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) should be considered as a proven, FDA-approved, non-drug depression treatment.
TMS targets a key area of the brain that controls mood. This area, the prefrontal cortex, is known to be underactive in depression. Using focused magnetic pulses to stimulate that area, TMS restores normal function and reduces the symptoms of depression.
- TMS treatments have been proven safe and effective in the treatment of depression.
- TMS treatments are free of side effects typically experienced with antidepressant medications. The most common side effect associated with treatment is generally mild to moderate discomfort at or near the treatment site.
- Each TMS treatment takes less than an hour and is conducted in a doctor’s office, five days a week for approximately four to six weeks.
- Patients are awake and alert during treatment and are able to resume normal activities at the end of each treatment session.
- TMS is a safe treatment utilizing a technology similar to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) which has a long-term record of safety.
If you would like more information about depression treatment, please call us today. We are available to help you help yourself.
To schedule an evaluation, please call 352-265-4TMS (4867).
Severe anxiety can become a debilitating disorder for some people. The main symptom is the almost constant presence of worry or tension, even when there is little or no cause. Worries seem to float from one problem to another, such as family or relationship problems, work issues, money, health, and other problems. Along with the worries and anxieties, a number of physical symptoms may also be present, including muscle tension (shakiness, headaches) and stomach problems, such as nausea or diarrhea.
Bipolar disorder is a condition in which people go back and forth between periods of a very good or irritable mood and depression. The "mood swings" between mania and depression can be very quick. Bipolar disorder has also been described as manic depressive disorder. Often, first symptoms are detected in the adolescent stages of life.
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We have board-certified geriatric psychiatrists who focus on the comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for individuals ages 50 and older, who are experiencing emotional, cognitive or behavioral symptoms.
Symptoms may include memory loss, mood disturbances, anxiety, difficulty coping with losses and transitions and behavioral conditions that interfere with care at home or in a long-term setting
We are also here to help patients and their families cope with the normal changes and losses that occur with aging, chronic illness, and end-of-life issues. Treatments may include medication, individual therapy and family therapy.
The goal of treatment is to relieve symptoms and maximize a person’s quality of life.
The Best Life Program: helps patients achieve permanent and sustainable weight loss through practical means. We believe through education and assistance, patients can improve their overall physical, mental and emotional health. Qualified patients receive diet and exercise education along with medications. Patients are followed up monthly for supportive therapy and are encouraged to attend group sessions with participants.
Sleep is an important biological function. It is vital for healthy functioning. It impacts our ability to perform in many aspects of life. Sleep plays an important role in health maintenance and disease prevention. Sleep disruption from any cause affects all aspects of our health. Insufficient sleep can leave one with impaired attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning, and problem solving. Lack of sleep reduces one’s productivity and efficiency during waking hours. Recent research suggests that a healthy sleep pattern is important through the night, allowing the brain to consolidate experiences during the day. If we don’t get enough sleep, we will not remember what we learned and experienced during the day. Untreated sleep disorders lead to medical and psychiatric comorbidities and add to mortality and morbidity.
Sleep supports many important biological processes including immune system, nervous system and endocrine system. Sleep is essential to defense, repair and growth mechanisms.
Diagnosis and Therapy of Sleep Disturbances and Disorders: Commonly Treated Sleep Disorders
- Sleep Apnea and Snoring
- Restless Leg Syndrome / Periodic Limp Movement Disorder
- Parasomnias (nightmares / sleep walking)
Most sleep disorders can be treated effectively. Treatment can have a positive impact that translates into all aspects of health. Each treatment plan is customized to fit the nature of the condition assessed through a comprehensive evaluation process. If you feel like you are someone you love may be suffering from a sleep disorder and would like to schedule a consultation please call 352-33-SLEEP.
Conditions & Services
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
- Binge eating
- Bipolar disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Brain Stimulation Center (rTMS, ECT, DBS)
- Central sleep apnea
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Depression - elderly
- Depression - resources
- Dual Disorders
- Eating disorders - resources
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Gilles de la Tourette syndrome
- Lab tests
- Major depression
- Major depression with psychotic features
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Postpartum depression
- Restless leg syndrome
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Sleep disorders in the elderly
- Snoring - adults
- Stress and anxiety
- Suicide and suicidal behavior
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Traumatic events
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Adult Psychiatry – Springhill, please contact 352-265-HELP(4357).
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Insurance acceptance varies between physicians and locations and is subject to change. To confirm that a specific physician will accept your insurance, please contact the practice using the telephone numbers listed at the top of the page. A representative will be happy to assist you.
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