About Dr. Harris
Dr. Harris emphasizes a true collaboration in developing a plan to treat the individual issues our patients are experiencing. By ensuring there is understanding of why a medication may be appropriate, why the specific medication, and how to determine whether the medication is providing the desired benefit we are able to optimize the treatment. We have found compliance with treatment is much better when one understands what the medication is supposed to be treating and recognizes that medication is a tool to be utilized to accomplish specific treatment goals.
DEPRESSION AND OTHER MOOD DISORDERS
Depression is very common and is one of the most prevalent forms of mental illness. Symptoms of depression include persistent sad, anxious, or ”empty” feelings. Other feelings can include pessimism, guilt, worthlessness and hopelessness. Depression can also cause fatigue and decreased energy, insomnia, and a loss of interest in activities that are pleasurable. Depression is highly treatable. I treat many patients with depression.
ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER
Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). It is believed that 8 million people in the United States have some form of ADHD. ADHD can begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. There are a number of different types of ADHD which doctors diagnose based on the types of symptoms present.
Public health officials estimate that more than 40 million American adults suffer from a form of anxiety each year. This is approximately one in five adults in the United States. The anxiety referred to by psychiatrists and public health officials is unlike the relatively mild and brief anxiety felt everyday by millions of people who are going to a job interview, a first date or speaking in public. Anxiety disorders are more intense and can last longer – generally at least 6 months. There are many new treatments for anxiety.
Sleep disorders are extremely common today. I treat a number of different types of sleep disorders. Sleep disorders can also occur as a result of a number of mental illnesses, including depression and anxiety. Mental illnesses can also contribute to sleep disorders.