Medication management can be an integral part of mental health and wellness. Baltimore area patients can rely on Dr. Neal Ranen, M.D., a psychiatry and psychotherapy specialist, to assist them in finding the best medications for their conditions and, as importantly, the correct dosages. The proper, targeted medication, often combined with professional counseling, can result in many conditions being extremely successfully treated.
Dr. Ranen now offers Genetic Testing to harness advances in personalized medicine. The tests consists of screening multiple genes that will provide information about how you might respond to specific medication options for your specific genetic make-up. The process includes explaining and reviewing the test with you, and obtaining a swab of the inside of your cheek to obtain genetic material. The results are available within about a week. At a follow-up appointment, Dr. Ranen will review the report and discuss treatment options that are tailored to your genetic profile.
Assessment of current problems, past problems, symptom inventory, past and current stressors, all possible contributing factors, interpersonal stress/conflicts, family history, medical history, assessment of psychological and cognitive domains, assessment for any specific psychiatric diagnosis, assessment for any possible chemical imbalance, psychological and cognitive testing as indicated, laboratory tests as needed, assessment for whether counseling, medication, or both would be most appropriate.
Dr. Ranen uses a variety of different forms of counseling and psychotherapy as indicated and tailored to each individual patient’s needs.
This may include supportive or practical/problem-solving approaches to cope with stressors, exploration, and modification of unhelpful thinking patterns or behaviors (cognitive-behavioral therapy), exploration of past issues or events and how they may be contributing to current problems or interpersonal therapy.
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“I am so happy to have found Dr. Ranen. I finally found a psychiatrist who is kind, thorough and really smart. He zeroed in on exactly what my underlying issues were and found just the right medication combination for me. It is the first time in my life I have felt well!”