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About Dr. Alan L Berkowitz
Dr. Alan L Berkowitz, MD is a Doctor primarily located in Encinitas, CA. He has 34 years of experience. His specialties include Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Berkowitz is affiliated with Palomar Medical Center, Tri City Medical Center and Palomar Medical Center Poway. He speaks English.
Dr. Alan L Berkowitz has the following 3 specialties
- Geriatric Psychiatry
A psychiatrist is a doctor with specific training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
He or she can not only provide the counseling necessary to both diagnose and treat a patient, but can also prescribe medication when needed. In some cases, a psychiatrist will only provide the medication and the counseling will be provided by another healthcare specialist, like a certified counselor or psychologist.
Like other doctors, psychiatrists employ diagnostic tools like CT scans and MRI in order to observe the structure and function of a patient's brain.
Once a diagnosis is made, these specialists may use behavior or cognitive therapy in order to address the patient's condition, or a multitude of other types of therapy, in conjunction with or in place of medication.
A neurologist is a physician who diagnoses and treats disorders of the nervous system which is comprised of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. These doctors do not perform surgery, but refer patients to neurological surgeons when they determine that surgical intervention is necessary.
Some of the conditions that neurologists diagnose and treat are epilepsy, aneurysms, hydrocephalus, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, stroke, spinal disc herniation, and spinal disease.
In addition to using diagnostic tests like MRI, CT scans, EEG and EMG, neurologists also employ neurological testing to gauge muscle strength and movement, balance, reflexes, sensation, memory, speech, and other cognitive abilities.
- Drug Abuse (Substance-Related Addiction Disorders)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
- Sleep Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Mental Illness
- Personality Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Clinical Depression
- Depressive Disorder
See the board certifications this doctor has received. Board certifications provide confidence that this doctor meets the nationally recognized standards for education, knowledge and experience.
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I had the worst experience with this doctor almost a year ago. I ended up in the hospital and got stuck with Berkowitz not by choice and was forced to see him for weeks even though I realized he didn't know what he was doing. He only made things worse. Whatever happened to me, it seemed Berkowitz's approach was to get me on as much meds as possible so he wouldn't have to deal with me rather than figure out what was really going on. Shortly after getting out of the hospital I thankfully went off my meds against his advice. I went through a pretty severe suicidal depression which he refused to give me any medication for. He only wanted to have me on meds that turned me into a zombie. Finally I gave up on psychiatry and managed to make it through on my own. Nothing this psychiatrist had told me turned out being accurate nearly a year later. I can only imagine how many people he has overmedicated that didn't have the insight to suspect what was going on.
I can not even begin to tell you what a nightmare it was dealing with Dr. Berkowitz. I live out of town and our care giving agency (A Trusted Home Care) suggested him. She (Flor Mora) had said she had worked with him for years, and she trusted his advice. We were just looking for a little something to help with my mother's agitation. When I arrived in California several months later to visit my mom and see how things were going I almost called social services. My mother was more like what I call catatonic. She was walking with her head down, had no affect, had a glazed look, and was shuffling her feet as she walked. None of which she had been doing prior to her seeing Dr. Berkowitz. I called Flor and told her something was not right and I wanted to speak with Dr. Berkowitz, and to please give me his number. She refused and said he wouldn't talk to me, as he only talks to the person who brings the patient in. I was sickened by this response as I am power of attorney for my mother. Flor insisted my mother wasn't lethargic, and that I didn't know what lethargic was. We argued until, I hung up. I called my sister, who got Dr. Berkowitz's number and called. He was so rude and off putting. He asked my sister when she became a Dr.? I called his office after that and the nurse refused to put me through saying he won't talk to a million people. When I called Flor back she said "Are you accusing me of over dosing your mother?" Funny I hadn't mentioned anything to her except that I felt something wasn't right. That was the light bulb that when on in my head. I went to this site to see the recommendations for Dr. Berkowitz and saw many of the same things that I was experiencing. We left Dr. Berkowitz and subsequently "A Trusted Home Care", and my mother is once again alive as opposed to walking around like a Zombie. An aside to this is my mother's husband is also still being treated by Dr. Berkowitz, and has moved to Gloria's Garden, a home run by Flor Mora, and although 98 years old sleeps about 22 houses a day, up only for 10 minute increments, at a time, and enough time to eat, and go back to his chair to sleep. I highly recommend leaving this practice if you are still with Dr. Berkowitz, and if not run as fast as you can. The good reviews on this site must be posted by fakes that either Dr. Berkowitz planted or Flor Mora.
Dr. Berkowitz is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
34 Years Experience
University Of Michigan Medical School
Graduated in 1984
Dr. Alan L Berkowitz accepts the following insurance providers.
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross California
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Small Group
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Individual
- Blue Cross CA PPO Prudent Buyer Large Group
- Blue Cross CA Select PPO
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Cigna Southern CA Select
- Health Net CA PPO
- Humana Choice POS
Sharp Health Plan
- Sharp Health Blue Choice
- Sharp Health Gold Value
- Sharp Health Performance
- Sharp Health Premier
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Locations & DirectionsPsychiatric Centers San Diego, 328 Encinitas Blvd Ste 100, Encinitas, CA
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