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Dr. Ulla K Laakso 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.
- Psychotic Disorders
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Depressive Disorder
- Personality Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Weight Loss
- Bipolar Disorder
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Sleep Disorders
- Mental Illness
- Anxiety Disorders
- Eating Disorders
- Mood Disorders
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
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I saw Dr. Laakso 15 years ago and still have a pit in my stomach thinking about that visit. I just googled her as I needed to see what people were saying about her after all these years. Maybe she has been helpful for those with actual bipolar disorder (thus the explanation for positive reviews) but for those without it, she is mean spirited, self serving and almost emotionally abusive. I was a medical resident at the time of my visit and was referred to her for anxiety. As others have said, she forces everyone to have a bipolar diagnosis. That's her area of interest and to a hammer all the worlds a nail. I knew that I didn't meet the criteria for bipolar disorder but she insisted that I watch that video of people talking about their bipolar disorder. She asked that I check off of a list, all of the symptoms that applied to me as I watched the video. When I came back with an empty check list, she scolded me like a child and insisted that some of the symptoms MUST apply to me and that I MUST go back in and watch it again. When I again came back with an empty list, she was furious and dismissive. It was demoralizing. As a physician, I would hate for someone to unfairly post bad reviews on the internet, but the impact she left on me was so strong that I needed to write this review therapeutically and to protect others. Years later, my anxiety is controlled by maturity and learning of coping skills and still have had none of the symptoms which she insisted that I needed to have. I am all for treating bipolar disorder with medication when that is the actual diagnosis, but do yourself a favor and please have your assessment done by someone else.
I've been seeing Dr. Laakso for about 9 years. When I first moved to NYC, I was having some concerning symptoms. She told me that I was taking too much medication and lowered my dose right away. She encouraged me as to how healthy I was and suggested lifestyle modifications instead of just prescribing more medications. For years now, I've been going to bed early, rising early and exercising outside in the sunlight all year. These lifestyle modifications were so life changing and life enhancing. I wish that more psychiatrists looked at lifestyle and had a more holistic approach to helping patients achieve the best mental health. She has been so encouraging over the years and always reassured me. I also greatly appreciate the early morning appointments and that fact that she is always on time. I'm grateful to have found her and not looking forward to her retirement one day.
Ulla Lakso is a dangerous psychiatrist. She misdiagnosed me and concocted a "cocktail" of drugs for me that had my hands shaking and and feeling like I was watching my life go by from the sidelines. When I found another psychiatrist, she never called to find out what happened - despite the number of drugs she had me taking.
Wow, I was just checking to see if this woman is still practicing & can't believe she is. In 2007 I was referred to her as I was suffering anxiety attacks. She sat me in a small room to take a kind of test for Bipolar syndrome. I told her I had been diagnosed in early 90's as clinically depressed due to a chemical imbalance but she insisted I was bipolar & prescribed Depakote. Each time I saw her, she added a new prescription on top of the previous ones until "we could find the perfect cocktail of prescriptions" for me. The last straw was when she prescribed Lithium; I felt I was going out of my mind by then & feeling suicidal. I called to make an appointment to see her asap & was told to see her two days away & when I told whoever answered the call that I was feeling suicidal, she said I'd still need to wait two days to see her. Not once was I told to go to an emergency room if feelings persisted. I ended up trying to take my life & thankfully my mom & sister had a key to my apartment & knew I wasn't feeling right and decided to pop in and check on me. They found me unconscious & took me to the hospital where I was finally treated properly & am doing very well on ONE single prescription for my depression, Lexapro. The doctors that saw me at the hospital couldn't believe all the drugs she had me take. Shame on her!
32 Years Experience
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Graduated in 1986
Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center
Dr. Ulla K Laakso accepts the following insurance providers.
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Locations & DirectionsPark Ave Center, 910 Park Ave, New York, NY
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