We treat the following mental illnesses:
- Adult ADHD
- Alcohol and other illicit drug use disorder
- Bipolar disorders
- Mood changes due to chronic pain syndrome
- Dementia and other cognitive disorders
- Eating disorders
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Women’s mental health issues
In addition to English, our office manager, Karla, speaks Spanish and Dr. Liang speaks Mandarin Chinese. We are able to serve patients and their families who prefer to speak languages other than English.
In addition to in-offer appointments, we offer telepsychiatry and can help you wherever you may be!
On ADHD Diagnosis
Given the volume of phone calls for ADHD treatment, we would like to inform our potential patients that they should be fully aware of the general procedure followed for making an ADHD diagnosis.
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. ADHD is a real disorder that affects children, adolescents, and adults. It is classified into three different types: predominately inattention type; predominately hyperactivity/impulsivity type; and the combination of attention and hyperactivity type. The symptoms may appear differently in patients of different ages. However, ADHD symptoms, generally speaking, must appear prior to the age 12 years, and they need to be present in two or more settings such as at home, school, or in the work place. The symptoms cause significant impairment in a person’s functioning. The symptoms have to have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is more frequent and severe than in one’s peers. The symptoms are not to be better accounted for from another underlying medical or mental disorder(s).
If you were treated for ADHD by a previous psychiatrist or primary care doctor, you must be willing to sign a medical record authorization release form, so that we can obtain the previous medical records.
If you want to be evaluated by us for ADHD, we have to do a thorough evaluation that includes a initial psychiatric evaluation by our clinicians and a neuropsychological/psychological testing by a neuropsychologist.
On Emotional Support Animal Letters
Our office has seen an increase in patient requests for emotional support animal letters for the purpose of recognizing a patient’s pet as a “therapy pet” to secure “no pet” housing and/or traveling. We do not provide this service of recognizing pets as “therapy pets” because therapy animals are not legally protected under the Disabilities Act, Fair Housing Act and Air Carrier Transport Act.
In other words, we do not have the ability to certify animal as “emotional support animal” or “service animals.”
On Prescribing Certain Controlled Medications
Patients may be seeking to use certain medications or refills of certain medications that were prescribed by a previous provider. On the initial appointment, we do an independent comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. If you have seen or are seeing a previous psychiatrist, therapist, psychologist etc. we will likely request previous medical records to make an informed plan of care and to also coordinate care.
We care deeply about our patients and make sure that we are thorough in our assessment and treatment. We will prescribe a medication plan that we see the best fit for our patient’s success.
Especially if the medication is a controlled substance (stimulants like Adderall, Ritalin, etc; benzodiazepines like Klonopin, Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax etc.; other controlled substances like Lunesta and Ambien etc.), it is possible that we may not prescribe the medication initially. For new patients, we will check the patient’s profile on CURES (Controlled Substance Utilization Review and Evaluation System) and have the right to recommend a patient to see another provider if we feel we cannot serve them.
If we do choose to prescribe such controlled medications, we request our patients to come see our providers monthly to every three months depending on the treatment plan for proper medication management.