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Dr. Michael J Bernstein 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.
- Depressive Disorder
- Manic Depressive Disorder
- Bipolar Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
- Mood Disorders
- Personality Disorder
- Clinical Depression
- Sleep Disorders
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Dr. Bernstein is a very nice guy, fairly easy to talk to, but after seeing him for almost a year, he failed to diagnose the root of my severe depression. There was a medical cause, realitively easily treatable, that was later picked up by another physician. But if Dr. Bernstein would have made the diagnosis, I wouldn't have lost that year of my life to depression. The sad part of this story is that the diagnosis was fairly obvious, given my medical history. Once I knew what was wrong with me, and was able to research it on my own, I found that severe depression is one of the leading symptoms, and most frequently presented complications of my medical diagnosis. To be fair, my illness is fairly rare, but there is a reasonable amount of literature available on the Internet. Once I knew what to look for, I found a lot to help me--I can't help but think that a doctor just out of medical school could have found the correct diagnosis. This being said, I think that Dr. Bernstein is a fairly competent physician and a very caring person; I think he slipped into complacency in my case and failed to challenge his own thinking when it was obvious I wasn't responding to treatment.
Best psych. doc ever had and I've had many. Excellent listener, open minded, no doc. ego to deal with, extremely intelligent, not a pill pusher, really cares about your personal situation. Would recommend him to anyone with a psychiatric problem, esp. one that seems treatment resistant.
35 Years Experience
Indiana University School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1983
Dr. Michael J Bernstein accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Humana Choice POS
- Moda Health Connexus
- Moda Health First Choice Network
- Moda Health Synergy Network
- Premera Heritage Signature
- Premera Heritage and Heritage Plus 1
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Locations & DirectionsNw Behavioral Medicine Pllc, 3400 Main St Ste 302, Vancouver, WA
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