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Dr. Karen E Callahan has the following 3 specialties
- Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Adolescent Medicine
Adolescent specialists are doctors who have advanced training in the health issues that adolescents face. These physicians deal with issues like the onset of puberty, reproductive health, eating disorders, irregular periods, mood changes, drugs and pressures from home and school. For girls entering adulthood, adolescent specialists can act as both pediatrician and gynecologist, so they only have to see one doctor for all their needs.
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.
- Sleep Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Substance Abuse
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Birth Control
- Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
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Seriously.... maybe not completely her fault, but our son was hospitalized and she was the doc. The diagnosis was pure nonsense. She wouldn't talk to us about why we thought it was nonsense. We asked for a second opinion and were told that there is no second opinion. Our only option was to accept a nonsense diagnosis and heavy meds our son did not need or else take him out of the hospital against medical advice. Blackmail, I call it. She doesn't talk to parents. No questions allowed. She as much as admitted through the nurse that the diagnosis was more about CYA than about psychiatry. Ugh.
I am absolutely floored how this Doctor is still in practice. We almost lost our family member. Her social worker let us know Dr. C thought he was "faking". Dr. C never would talk to our family we had to go through social worker while family member was hospitalized. After my family members health declined more we got a call from the social worker that Dr. C was releasing him. We finally met with Dr. C and she informed us that she could no longer help our family member that she could not find anything wrong with him and she told us "her specialty is children not adults". Also when ask medical questions she said "I am not a medical doctor I am a psychiatrist " When we tried asking questions she would cut us off and she finally walked out of room and never came back. We got discharged from hospital and took our family member to another hospital and their doctors found numerous health problems that is now being treated and our family member is on his way to a full recovery. I am writing this because I never want anyone to ever go through an experience like this.
We had NO choice but to deal with Dr. C. And I totally concur with all of the above reviews. My son's long-standing diagnosis of Asperger's was summarily dismissed by both her and the Clinical Psychiatrist at Trinity Hospital. He was depressed and suicidal so we had no choice but to be there for a few days. I had genetic testing information about how he metabolizes anti-depressants. My message about sharing this information with Dr. C. was responded to by a Social Worker bringing me a sheaf of papers about the medications he is taking and their side-effects. This was quite insulting since I am the one who told them about his meds and have always educated myself about his therapy. Dr. C wanted to quadruple (X4!!!!) one of his meds, totally disregarding any input from me about his hyper-reactivity to meds and their side-effects. I left word within 12 hours that his meds were NOT to be changed UNLESS she consulted with his regular psychiatrist first. She interpreted my message as refusing to allow his meds to be changed and in her exit interview stated that she would not be able to reach his psychiatrist and would not call him. The worst part was her need to re diagnose my son. I CANNOT for the life of me understand why she and the Clinical Psychologist needed to "relabel" him with depression and social anxiety disorder. I KNOW his history and he CANNOT ever be "undiagnosed" with Asperger's. apparently all of the work that he has done has improved his interactions enough that he can deceive even professionals who don't really know what they are doing! I will steer clear of this individual for sure.
28 Years Experience
University Of Alabama School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1990
Dr. Karen E Callahan accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
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Locations & DirectionsGrayson & Associates, 2200 Lakeshore Dr Ste 150, Birmingham, AL
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