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    Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at?

    - Lord Byron

  • Second Opinions: for the Treatment Resistant Patient

    If you are being treated for depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder but your symptoms have not improved or have only partially improved, you may be experiencing “treatment resistance.”

    Can you relate to any of the following?
    • My current treatment is not working as I had hoped it would
    • I am not responding that well to medication
    • My symptoms get better but keep coming back
    • I feel stuck where I am and want to improve further
    • I feel like giving up on my therapy

    If you feel that any of the above statements describe how you are responding to treatment please call us at 301.984.9791 to schedule your initial consultation.

    If you live at a distance we also offer: telepsychiatry services.

    At times individuals initiate psychiatric care, and despite following initial treatment recommendations, they continue to experience some or all of their troubling symptoms. At Potomac Psychiatry, our goal is to help our patients experience full symptom relief. 

    We will perform a comprehensive review of your symptom history, family history, and any laboratory tests already done, as well as communicate with your internist and other healthcare professionals. At that point, we may recommend measures to further investigate contributing factors, including laboratory tests, genetic testing, or food allergy testing. 

    This information will help form a treatment plan targeted toward improving your continuing symptoms. This may include medication changes, recommendations regarding nutrition or supplements, a plan for psychotherapy, or referral for other treatment modalities. 

    Psychiatric Second Opinions and Specialized evaluations are available for many situations and include:

    • Unclear diagnosis or coexistence of multiple conditions at once
    • Refractory mood disorders (depression, bipolar, and others)
    • Refractory anxiety disorders (panic attacks, generalized anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, and others)
    • Refractory psychotic disorders
    • Psychiatric disorders affected by or influencing concurrent serious medical illness (e.g. depression and heart disease, anxiety and thyroid disease, organ transplantation, etc.)
    • And more …

    Meet Dr. Mark Novitsky Jr.

    Dr. Mark A. Novitsky Jr.Mark A. Novitsky Jr., MD is a Dual Board Certified Child and Adolescent/Adult Psychiatrist with experience in clinical and forensic practice. Dr. Novitsky uses a variety of psychotherapy techniques, as well as medication management when necessary, in the treatment of children and adolescents. He highly values an ongoing collaborative relationship with parents. His psychotherapy techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), play therapy, and parent management training. Following his training in child psychiatry, he sought out formal Cognitive Therapy training with children and adolescents through “The Beck Initiative”, sponsored by The Aaron T. Beck Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where Dr. Aaron Beck first created CBT.

    Dr. Novitsky has served for several years as corporate medical director for Philadelphia’s fastest growing non-profit by serving children experiencing emotional, behavioral, and academic challenges. His extensive clinical experience includes, but is not limited to:

    • Childhood trauma/Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
    • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    • Depressive disorders, Bipolar disorder and other mood disorders
    • Anxiety Disorders and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Oppositional Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder
    • Autism Spectrum Disorder
    • Learning Disorders
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Intellectual Disability

    View complete curriculum vitae for Mark A. Novitsky Jr., MD

    We look forward to hearing from you

    Call 301.984.9791 to contact us and discuss Potomac Psychiatry’s second opinion services.


    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314