Benjamin's Behavioral Health Services is dedicated to serving patients who face a number of neuropsychiatric disorders. By providing each individual with a thorough evaluation and appropriate testing, we can effectively diagnose relevant issues and develop a personalized treatment plan.
The clinical services provided by BBHS include:
- Neuropsychiatric evaluations
- Blood work and laboratory analysis
- Genetic testing
- In-depth medical assessment, if appropriate
- Support and training for family members
At BBHS, we use our experienced knowledge to aid those facing a wide range of concerns and difficulties. Through our diligent attention to the unique needs of every patient, we strive to give every patient the attention that they deserve. If we discover that a patient is in need of care more suited to an outside physician, we are glad to provide appropriate referrals.
Our areas of practice include the following concerns:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects an individual's development of behavioral and communication skills. Although most people with ASD have no distinct physical characteristics, their ability to socialize, interact with others, learn, and think critically can vary widely from an average person. A diagnosis of ASD must take into consideration several separate components that may be present, including autistic disorder, pervasive development disorder, and Asperger Syndrome.
This autism spectrum disorder primarily manifests in difficulties with social interaction and nonverbal communication. Unlike other ASD factors, those with Asperger's frequently display normal development of language and learning abilities. This disorder often includes intense interest in focused areas, limited feelings of empathy, and physical clumsiness.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD, refers to a developmental disorder characterized by inattention, restlessness, disruptive behavior, and impulsivity. This can lead to troubles with academics, maintaining relationships, and social interactions.
Panic Disorder is a type of anxiety disorder which includes recurring panic attacks. Diagnosed individuals may also exhibit significant behavioral changes and intense worry about having panic attacks, to the point that their daily behavior may be affected. These attacks are characterized by a number of symptoms, ranging from dizziness to chest pains or shortness of breath.
Tourette's Disorder (motor and vocal tics)
A neurological disorder, Tourette's manifests as involuntary, abrupt motor or vocal tics. This can include a wide range of examples, such as sniffing, grunting, head jerking, or tapping. Symptoms can vary dramatically between individuals and even fluctuate regularly for a single individual. Patients with Tourette's tend to have a higher predisposition for additional neuropsychiatric disorders that accompany their primary diagnosis.
Depression is more than just feeling down once in a while, it's a genuine disorder than can affect every aspect of a person's life. Low moods, a persistent loss of interest in activities that used to bring pleasure, self-neglect, and low self-esteem are among the symptoms faced by diagnosed individuals, and it is important to acknowledge this condition as a serious hindrance for patients.
This category includes several disorders characterized by acute feelings of anxiety or fear. Physical symptoms can accompany these feelings, and may even impair a person's ability to perform daily activities or their relationships.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Sometimes referred to as Post-traumatic stress syndrome, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) refers to the development of symptoms in the wake of a traumatic experience. Flashbacks, emotional numbness, and avoidance of the events are among the responses to the trauma and can range widely in severity.
Although similar to childhood ADHD, the adult form often manifests in very different ways. Inattentiveness and hyperactivity are the predominant characteristics of this disorder, often leading to procrastination, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, and organizational problems in adults that can interfere with employment, relationships, and other important aspects of their lives.
This anxiety disorder typically manifests through repetitive behaviors meant to reduce feelings of apprehension and fear. This can take many forms, ranging from excessive washing to extreme hoarding. A person may develop certain rituals and obsessions, which can easily interfere with relationships, financial stability, and other concerns.