The use of videoconferencing technology has expanded beyond medication
management alone to include tele-psychotherapy services, including both individual and
group psychotherapy, and diagnostic assessments. Telemental Health has a number of
important benefits for patients, clinicians, provider organizations, and communities.
The most important of these can be summarized as a cost-effective way to improve access
to specialty mental health services by anyone.
DIAGNOSTICS (DSM 5):
This three module program studies the following: Neurodevelopmental
disorders, Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders, Bipolar and related
disorders, Depressive disorders, Anxiety disorders, Obsessive-compulsive and related
disorders, Trauma- and stressor-related disorders, Dissociative disorders, Somatic
symptom and related disorders, Feeding and eating disorders, Sleep–wake disorders,
Sexual dysfunctions, Gender dysphoria, Substance-related and addictive disorders,
Neurocognitive disorders, Paraphilic disorders, Personality disorders, Other disorders,
Conditions for further study.
BRAIN DISORDERS AND MENTAL ILLNESS. Classic Anatomic Neurology: Central Nervous System
Disorders, Psychogenic Neurologic Deficits, Cranial Nerve Impairments, Peripheral Nerve Disorders,
Major Neurologic Symptoms:
Dementia, Aphasia and Anosognosia, Headaches, Epilepsy, TIAs and Strokes,
Visual Disturbances, Congenital Cerebral Impairments, Neurologic Aspects of Chronic Pain,
Multiple Sclerosis, Neurologic Aspects of Sexual Function, Sleep Disorders, Involuntary Movement
Disorders, Brain Tumors, Metastatic Cancer, and Paraneoplastic Syndromes, Neurotransmitters and
Drug Abuse, and Traumatic Brain Injury.
ENDOCRINE SYSTEM IMPACT ON MENTAL HEALTH. A study will be made on the pituitary gland, thyroid
gland, parathyroid gland, adrenal glands, pancreas, ovaries, and testes. Also, other lesser known
endocrine organs such as, adipose tissue (fat tissue), kidneys, and gut. All will be discussed in
context of their impact on mental health.
PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF MENTAL DISORDERS:
This module focuses on the pathophysiology of a broad
range of psychiatric, addictive and neurological disorders and the biological systems that mediate
cognitive, behavioral, emotional, social and learning abnormalities.
GENETICS AND MENTAL ILLNESS.
What are the causes of mental illness? Are they environmental,
genetic, or both? The advent of genetic testing as a means to assist with medication management is
a striking contrast to days of old. We will also study research that indicates people with
disorders traditionally thought to be distinct, such as autism, ADHD, bipolar disorder, major
depression and schizophrenia, were more likely to have suspect genetic variation at the same
four chromosomal sites. These included risk versions of two genes that regulate the flow of calcium
Neurotransmitters, Antidepressants, Antipsychotics,
Mood Stabilizers and Anxiolytics/Sedatives, Analgesics, Stimulants, and
Antidementia Agents, Recreational Stimulants, Recreational Depressants,
Hallucinogens and Cannabis, and Other Modalities.
MISC INFORMATION AND GENERAL OFFICE PRACTICES:
Reporting hierarchy, the
15 minute session, the 30 minute session, coordination of care, alternative
scheduling, hallway consults, dealing with interruptions. Discussing treatment
approaches, need to refer, dealing with difficult patients, etc.