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Dr. Terry A Bissell 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.
- Mood Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Manic Depressive Disorder
- Mental Illness
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Sleep Disorders
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Is prone to insulting you or making you feel guilty for not being perfect (in my case weight, even though it was discovered by a blood test to be caused by hypothyroidism and low T by my GP. Now I am losing weight consistently. I had begun to lose weight under her care and she got angry when I wouldn't go to OA. Lady, it actually wasn't my fault!!!!). I had a psychiatric episode related to my condition which caused her to blame me for it, as if it was my fault (I'm sorry if I can't control something that I had no choice in being cursed with. Isn't this why I was getting treated by you in the first place????) Tried to override decisions of my primary care physician. Has a cruel, judgmental, and insensitive demeanor. I have had severe psychological trauma in my life, so being an insulting jerk is probably not the way to handle a case as delicate as mine. Her staff is wonderful, and I feel sorry for them in the fact they have to work with he. I was actually recommended for seeing a different Doctor (Suzuki), but was passed off onto her. Gee, I wonder why? Maybe the fact that, above all that, she will make you wait forever even if you are the very first appointment at 8 am. She clearly hates her job and her patients, the bio on SM Psych's website says she received a Fine Arts degree. She is most likely bitter that her career there didn't happen. Please, do not subject yourself to abuse. She should have her ability to practice medicine revoked. A complete and total shell of a human being. Oh, is that too harsh? Meet her and see for yourself.
I was laughing when I read all the negative reviews of Dr. Bissell. I just love this lady. She is sharp and caring. She's everything I could've ever asked for and I look forward to seeing her each time. Her prescription for me has altered my depressive state, which I've had for many years and never thought was possible to get better. She explained clearly to me why she was prescribing a certain SSRI. Every time I see her, it's like a science lesson. Lots of fun learning from this great lady.
Dr. Bissell should perhaps consider another profession. I have PTSD from severe childhood abuse. She told me I was an adult now, it was in the past and I should "get over it." She put me on an SSRI-type medication (after consulting the PDR--she didn't seem to have a good working knowledge of medications) that made me gain a lot of weight. When I told her I was gaining weight at a followup appointment, she was dismissive, saying, "I'm not a weight-loss expert; try Jenny Craig." Well, she may not be a weight-loss expert, but she is a DOCTOR whom I'm sure has been prescribing psychiatric meds that cause weight gain for years, so she should be able to offer some solutions. I decided that was the last time I'd see Dr. Bissell. I started seeing the head of the practice, Dr. Suzuki, who is wonderful. He took my concerns about the side effect seriously and immediately switched me to another drug that not only has worked much better for me, I have already lost half of the weight I gained on the other drug, in only one month.
My experience with her has been fine. She has been my doctor for over 10 years. She is genuinely interested in not just my medication, but other aspects of my life and how they affect my mood. Sh3e's very good at suggesting concrete actions I can take to help, even if sometimes I don't want to hear those suggestions. Recommended.
32 Years Experience
University Of California Los Angeles David Geffen School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1986
U S Department Of Veterans Affairs
Dr. Terry A Bissell accepts the following insurance providers.
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Locations & DirectionsADMHS, 300 N San Antonio Rd Bldg 3, Santa Barbara, CA
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