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.”
- 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.
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
We look forward to hearing from you
Call 301.984.9791 to contact us and discuss Potomac Psychiatry’s second opinion services.