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Dr. Donna L Ehlers has the following 2 specialties
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.
- Personality Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
- Mental Illness
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I saw Dr. Ehlers for help dealing with job stress. I came to realize me preferring prescribing medications to doing therapy very quickly. I began developing side effects soon after taking prescribed SSRI and Benzo that she recommended. During this time it was very difficult to get an appointment (6 weeks) or receive return emails (does not call patients). During one session, she explained I was one of 300 patients, so I had to be understanding of appointment and response delays. She lack empathy, which was very humbling and embarrassing for a man in his 30s. The side effect from the medications grew so severe I was admitted to the ER, because I was at risk of having a seizure. My primary care noticed medication error after hearing from ER and helped me safely come off medications over 6 months. It seems she never communicated with my primary care as I had asked. Very scary and life threatening experience. Never took medications prior to seeing her and will never again.
I was assigned this physician by Kaiser. I expressed that I was having severe anxiety from work. She prescribed me an antidepressant after seeing me for 20 minutes. I questioned the prescription and was told the antidepressant would relieve anxiety. My anxiety grew severely worse within days. I shared this with her and my therapist. She explained I needed a higher dose and prescribed me double the initial dose. I had the scariest and most severe anxiety attack a week later at a therapy appointment. The therapist advised to get to ER asap, because he was very concerned about my health. ER doctor explained antidepressants are known to cause anxiety. I shared this with Dr. Ehlers, but she seemed offended I questioned her prescribing me unnecessary medication. She cut my appointment short, while explaining she had over 300 patients. I ended up going to a non-Kaiser physician to help get off antidepressant. The Kaiser nurses in ER that Dr. Ehlers has reputation of prescribing medications as a solution to patients rather than talk therapy. I would recommend asking nurses, staff or other Kaiser physicians for good physician.
Dr. Ehlers is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
37 Years Experience
Universidad Autonoma De Guadalajara
Graduated in 1981
Ucla Medical Center
Dr. Donna L Ehlers accepts the following insurance providers.
- Kaiser Permanente
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Locations & DirectionsKaiser Permanente Psychiatry, 2081 Palos Verdes Dr N, Lomita, CA
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