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SERVICES

Kokoro Health offers a wide variety of psychiatric services
including medication management for Bipolar Disorder, Major Depressive Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Eating Disorders, Social Anxiety Disorder, Trichotillomania, Skin Picking Disorder. etc. We offediagnostic 
evaluation for Attention Deficit Disorder including computerized neurocognitive testing, and bariatric pre-surgical assessment. We make referrals when needed for neuropsychiatry testing (for diagnostic clarification and treatment recommendations), therapy, nutritional consultation and more. 

Medication Management

Medication management helps to promote the safe use of medications and help people achieve the best results from their medication for their mental health symptoms. For those with mental health disorders, medication management is often an important part of the recovery process when used in an effective way as part of the overall treatment. Although medication is not for everyone, our goal is to use the least amount of medication with the most efficacy. We strive to consider the side effect profile along with utilizing evidenced based practice and we pride ourselves on choosing medications customized to each individual needs. 

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Medicaton Management

Diagnosis

Unlike diabetes or cancer, there is no medical test that can provide a diagnosis of mental illness. A health care professional can do a number of things in an evaluation including a physical exam and long term monitoring to rule out any underlying medical conditions that may be causing symptoms.

Once other medical conditions are ruled out, a person might be referred to a mental health professional that will use The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fifth edition (DSM-5), to make a diagnosis. The DSM-5, published by the American Psychiatric Association lists criteria including feelings, symptoms and behaviors over a period of time that a person must meet in order to be officially diagnosed with an illness.

Why A Diagnosis Matters

A medical professional determines a diagnosis by interviewing you about your history of symptoms. Sometimes a doctor will require a couple of medical tests to rule out possible physical ailments, but we cannot evaluate mental health itself through blood tests or other biometric data. Instead, doctors use their experience to determine how your set of symptoms fit into what we know about mental health.

The diagnosis is an important tool for you and your mental health provider who will use a diagnosis to advise you on treatment options and future health risks.

Having a diagnosis empowers you to then move forward with treatment for better control over your symptoms and life in general.

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Diagnosis

Neurocognitive Testing 

We use screening tools, interviewing, and computerized testing  as well as looking at previous records to determine a diagnosis for Attention deficit disorder and Cognitive Decline. It is very important to give this process a thorough look to determine if medication is needed.  Many undiagnosed mental health disorders can feel like ADD symptoms.  Changes in mental health function or cognition can warrant further testing. Treating for the correct symptoms is extremely important as getting the diagnosis incorrect can lead to a decline in overall status.

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ADD Testing

Referrals

We make appropriate referrals as needed for all types of therapy, neuropsychiatry testing,  Autism assessment, Dietician, Chronic pain management, Physical and Occupational Therapy and more. We may also recommend testing through Primary care such as lab work, EKG, or a sleep study when indicated.

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Referrals

Bariatric Pre-Surgical Assessments

Psychological/Psychiatric Evaluation

Bariatric Surgery is a tremendous life change, and we want to make sure you are able to meet its challenges.

The pre-surgical psychological evaluation covers a number of issues that pertain to your weight and your decision to have bariatric surgery. The evaluation is one piece of a multi- disciplinary assessment that involves pulling together information gathered from the medical, surgical, nutritional and psychiatric team members. Components of the evaluation are outlined below. For example, the nurse practitioner will review your weight and dieting history, identify any psychiatric disorders (with specific attention to disordered eating), assess your understanding of the risks and benefits of surgery, and appraise your motivation, awareness and ability to make the types of changes required for a positive outcome. The goal of the evaluation is to assess-- from a psychosocial perspective –whether there are any barriers that may interfere with your safety and with having a positive adjustment to your surgical procedure.

Components of Pre-Bariatric Psychological Evaluation

  • General psychological evaluation

  • Diagnoses on Axis I and II with specific attention to eating disorders (binging anpurging)

  • Assessment of eating and exercise patterns o Weight and dietary history

  • Medical and psychological history

  • Mental status exam

  • Understanding of risks and benefits of surgery

  • Assessment of motivation for surgery

  • Ability to follow pre-operative directions

  • Ability to cooperate with post-operative behavioral changes

  • Summary, impression and recommendations

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Bariatric Pre-Surgical Assessments
Concierge Telepsychiatry

Eating Disorder Treatment

Medication management for the treatment of eating disorders incudes the following:

  • Screening for the presence of an eating disorder as part of an initial psychiatric evaluation.

  • Conducting comprehensive patient evaluations, including laboratory tests and electrocardiograms.

  • Ensuring the treatment plan is patient-centered and culturally sensitive.

  • Setting individualized weight goals for patients with anorexia.

  • Referring patients with anorexia, bulimia, and binge-eating disorders with a therapist trained in eating-disorder–focused psychotherapy.

  • Incorporating family-based therapy as part of a treatment plan for adolescents with anorexia or bulimia.

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Eating Disorder Treatmen
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