Top Florida Psychiatrist

Steps to Diagnosing a Mental Illness

  It isn’t as easy to diagnose a mental illness, as you’d think. Many disorders have similar symptoms and every individual experience different symptoms and to varying degrees. There’s no definitive test that tells doctors what mental illness a person has so psychiatrists have to work hard to find answers for their patients. Diagnosis Steps   1. Evaluation Before you see a mental health ...

Is Ketamine the Future of Depression Medication?

  With the current drug epidemic going on in America, it seems odd to discuss how a popular party street drug could help those suffering from depression. With more than 16 million Americans suffering from major depression, and one-third of those not able to get relief from traditional treatment, maybe ketamine is the answer. What is Ketamine? Ketamine is commonly thought of as a party drug. I...

Lady Gaga & Prince William: The Unlikely Pair Fighting For Mental Health

  What happens when music royalty and, well, real royalty get together? It sounds like the opening to a joke but in this case, it isn’t. Prince William and Lady Gaga have joined forced to combat the stigma surrounding mental health. Their aim is to encourage young people to speak up on mental health issues. The British royal family has been a long supporter of mental health. Just recently Pri...

Warning Signs of Postpartum Depression

For years, postpartum depression was written off as the “baby blues”. Mothers would struggle for weeks, even years, with feelings of sadness, irritability, or even numbness. In recent years postpartum has not only been diagnosed more but the stigma around it has started to fade away. Everyone, from the average woman to celebrities, has experienced this type of depression. It doesn’t make one a bad...

Types of Bipolar Disorder Explained

Bipolar disorder is a lifelong mental illness that is caused by a chemical imbalance in the brain. Other factors, like genetics and the environment, can also influence it. There are several different types of bipolar disorder out there but all involve a degree of depression and mania. To help you better understand the different types of bipolar disorder we’ve explained them all.   Bipolar I D...

Hospitals Teaming Up to Offer Free Mental Health Training

Several hospitals in the Northeast Florida area around Jacksonville have come together for a new mental health campaign. They are offering free mental health training. The course called, Mental Health First Aid, is free and open to all Northeast Florida residents. This course is in response to the 2016 results that found that Northeast Florida ranked the second lowest in the state for mental healt...

Mental Health Disorders in Children and Teens

The conversation on mental health is so often centered on adults. What ends up happening is that children and teens are then overlooked. Many people aren’t even aware or don’t believe, those young people can suffer from serious mental health disorders. The fact is that in the US close to 20%, that is 1 out of every 5 children, suffer from some form of mental disorder. Prevalence of Mental Illness ...

Tips For Embracing Your Anxiety

If you suffer from anxiety it can feel like it’s always there, always watching and waiting. You may try to ignore it or you may try to push it away. Sometimes, it can be best to embrace your anxiety. Anxiety is your body’s way of alerting you that something is wrong, so here are some tips for embracing and learning how to listen to your anxiety. Tip #1: Let it in Letting your anxiety in can be a f...

Signs That You Might Have OCD

Are you a neat freak, super organized or have personality quirks? These things describe a lot of people. With OCD joked about so often and no standard diagnosis for it, it can be hard to tell when someone really has it. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) is marked by obsessive thoughts and compulsions. With OCD these thoughts and actions are due to persisting needs rather than personality prefere...

Dr Raj Shekhat

I am a Board Certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist serving Palm Beach. Prior to starting Goldcoast Psychiatry, I practiced in many diverse clinical sites in Atlanta, GA including Marcus Autism Center and Skyland Trail, two nationally recognized treatment centers. During my residency training at Emory University, I was selected Chief Fellow in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and hou...

How to Find a Top Florida Psychiatrist

Choosing a psychiatrist is an important step in improving your mental health & well-being. This individual will be listening to your thoughts and feelings while providing feedback. It’s crucial to find a top psychiatrist in Florida that is not only an expert in their field but has the right kind of experience for your personal needs. The Psychiatrist Search Process There’s many web...

Difference Between Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist

Although they sound similar, psychiatrists and psychologists are actually quite different. Today we cover the differences between these two important mental health providers so you can decide which is right for you. Education Psychiatrists are medical doctors have graduated from medical school, have had an internship, 3 or more years of residency, and provide treatment of mental health disorders. ...

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