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ASKING THE TOUGH QUESTIONS
Behavior is a form of Communication
In Psychiatry, we must view problematic behaviors as a form of communication. Sometimes, when words cannot be used to communicate, a new behavior may be attempted to get the point across. We ask hard questions. What is this person attempting to communicate with their parent, caregiver, or us? What is the motivation behind this pathological and often aggressive behavior? Can the patient control themselves? What makes the problematic situation better? What makes it worse?
Collaborating to solve problematic behavior
We receive many referrals for families in ‘crisis’ situations. Crisis intervention and prompt follow-up are often needed. Medications alone rarely provide a ‘cure.’ Most patients improve when changes are made in multiple areas, including exercise, social activities, and changes in interactions. Sometimes we find ourselves in a mystery-solving type of situation. The patient may present with a behavior or mental health issue that has a cause rooted in an undiagnosed medical or dental problem. Our psychiatry team communicates regularly with multiple disciplines both within our clinic and outside of it to make the additional connections necessary for them to receive the care and support they deserve. This collaborative effort allows us to solve these mysteries and give our patients the care they deserve.
KINDNESS, COMPASSION, & ADVOCACY
Advocating for our patients
Our therapists and clinicians are not just healthcare providers, we are advocates for our patients. There isn’t only one particular story or just one patient who has made an impact on our lives – it’s every patient, every small success, every caregiver going above and beyond…it’s every story. We are better every day because of our amazing patients.
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