"Whatever you do, don't assume that doctor-patient confidentiality MEANS ANYTHING to him. It doesn't. When he deems it appropriate, even though he was EXPLICITLY told NOT to discuss my case with anyone, he deliberately spoke directly, face to face with family members which caused a GREAT deal of trouble and caused sensitive family issues to be brought out that practically destroyed the family. Issues that had been discussed in the strictest confidence and about which he had numerous times promised to maintain doctor-patient confidentiality were discussed in detail with my entire family. His excuse was that "he felt it was necessary" that they be in the loop. There was absolutely no reason for that. They were MY issues. MY thoughts and feelings. MY decisions. If I wanted my family to know everything I would have told them myself. He just took it upon himself to reveal all. Dr. Davis most definitely has a "God-complex" and believes that he is the greatest psychiatrist in the Atlanta area. He is very openly critical of any other doctor, regardless of specialty, that you bring up in the session. Also, I got behind in my bill. He refused to release my records to my new doctor until the bill was paid. THIS IS ILLEGAL. There are laws about this! Finally got my records but had to call the American Medical Association, the Insurance Commissioner in Georgia and the Attorney General's office (georgia).
Don't use him. Don't call him. Don't assume he can help you. And DON'T, no matter WHAT you do, let your family ANYWHERE near him!
He's nothing but big trouble. And on top of all that, the entire year I saw him, he didn't successfully treat anything. Just money in, money in, money in.
Bad dude. Skip him if you know what's good for you!"
Mental health care refers to a broad group of professionals who work to keep people mentally well. Just as physical illness can cause unwanted aches and pains, mental illness can cause unwanted thoughts, behaviors, and feelings. Even people who are not dealing with a mental illness can suffer from the effects of a stressful situation and find it difficult to cope. Mental health care workers seek to improve the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of their clients, usually through therapy.
There are many kinds of mental health care providers. Some examples include psychologists, psychiatrists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, substance abuse professionals, and social workers. Mental health workers treat patients at all stages of life and through many common problems, including depression, anxiety, eating disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and several others.
Some of the symptoms that occur with mental health issues and may cause a person to seek treatment include:
Changes in eating or sleeping
Decreased energy, fatigue
Numbness or a lack of interest in life
Recurrent, persistent thoughts
Feeling unusually anxious, sad, angry, worried, or on edge
An inability to care for one’s self or perform daily tasks
Patients seeking mental health treatment have several options. The most widely used treatment is psychotherapy, also called talk therapy or simply ‘therapy’. In therapy, mental health workers guide patients as they talk about issues in their life and problem-solve ways to make positive, healthy changes. Some patients also take medication to treat mental illness. Medications are especially effective at treating the chemical imbalances behind more severe cases of depression, anxiety, and illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Many mental illnesses are treated with a combination of both medication and therapy. For example, in substance abuse care, medications to ease withdrawal symptoms are commonly used together with a specific kind of therapy called behavior therapy, which teaches patients how to handle challenging situations without drugs or alcohol. Mental health workers may also consult with physicians or use community resources to help patients function at their best.