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Dr. Joseph A Annibali 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.
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Sleep Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Clinical Depression
- Personality Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder
- Manic Depressive Disorder
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I only went along with the Amen Clinic because they ostensibly know a lot about the brain and the many ways it can get damaged, and yet at the same time, I fail to see what real insight Joseph Annabali has to offer in the area of brain trauma, because throughout the hour I spent with him, he did ask me a single question directly connected to the human central system, and that is due to the fact that Joseph Annabali is a psychiatrist by training, and a brain injury in and of itself is not a psychiatric disorder, and for some reason, I was diagnosed as having a brain injury and yet not a single test was done to verify this. Mr. Annabali was not the least bit quizzical about that, but that it was pertinent to ask me if I felt that I was being watched (regardless of the widespread coverage of the warrantless wiretapping program of the US government). Amongst the very, very thick admissions forms, the Amen Clinic actually insists on the disclosure of personal history that is not immediately relevant, and the inclusion of "Spirituality" could not be more out of place in an overall clinical diagnosis, and makes me question strongly what Mr. Amen and Mr. Annabali think that they are even doing. Out of the 90-minute appointment I had with Mr. Annabali, he cut it short to 60-minutes without any refund or explanation, and he certainly didn't care one way or another that I was getting help, so I foresaw no reason to continue with this facility. I just find disturbingly ironic that a clinic which claims to know so much about neuroscience can't seem to demonstrate that in person. I should expect that from a clinic established by a man who thinks there are 7 types of ADD when the original definition of ADD describes no specific type of organic aetiology whatsoever.
...Dr. Annibali indeed found. (I'm putting time into this review.) I spent years in a feeling of malaise, pain, lack of focus and eventually loss of balance and even confusion. When I was just about to give up, I found the Amen Clinic. SPECT gave Dr. Annibali a view of my brain that led him to a correct diagnosis... a few actually. Any time that you look up any psychiatrist on the reviews and you find that they have 3 1/2 stars, that is actually considered very good! A psychiatrist is only as good as the patient is willing to participate, i.e., ask questions and give honest answers. We have an old saying in the service industry, "If a person has a great experience they wil tell 3 people. If a person has a bad experience they will tell 10 people." People with psychiatric issues are not always glowing with praise... truth. I promise you, Dr. Annibali is a good doctor. I HAVE A LOT OF EXPERIENCE WITH DOCTORS. You must interact with your doctor, especially a psychiatrist. He is there to listen to what you have to say, analyze everything you have to say, and then answer your questions and figure out what you need. Prescription medication is only a part of it. People don't realize that the practice of medicine is not an exact science. And everybody is different. There's a reason why there are so many medications out there, ( it's not just because a patent comes to an end) but because there are so many variations of conditions to be considered-dealt with. Especially in psych! Often a person has to go through more than one regimen to find the right answer to what will work for them. I have chronic Lyme's disease w/ co-infections and chronic PTSD as well as little neuro conflicts these two lovely conditions bring. And that's just the beginning. Surprisingly I'm sane. And I'm a realistic person. If you're at wits end, go ahead and make an appointment with the Amon clinic. But remember, your diagnosis will only be as good as the honesty to the answers that you give. It's one thing to see how the brain works, it's another to see how one thinks, feels and the experiences that may have led to the brain working the way that it does. Put the two together, imaging plus psych evaluations, and that's when you get real answers. Sometimes it takes a little time to figure out exactly what's going to work for you. Sadly there is no cure for my condition at this time. At least I have Dr. Annibali to let me know if my head straight or not. Sometimes I wonder. That's a good thing. If you cannot question yourself and seek out the answers you're certainly headed for doom.
I learned about this practice through Dr. Amen's book, "Change Your Brain, Change Your Body." Understanding how food and chemicals put into the body can affect one's brain was very enlightening, particularly that some foods are better for the brain than others. I went to the clinic and selected Dr. Annibali as my doctor. I had the full treatment with the Spect scans and learned how events in my life (being battered, auto accidents, etc) have impacted my brain. The clinic gave me a battery of additional tests to perform which helped him make an accurate diagnoses. Dr. Annibali prescribed medication to help me with my condition, and it has really helped me in all aspects of my life. Additionally,when I follow Dr. Amen's recommended course of eating, I feel so much better and lose weight, as well.
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