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Dr. Vijayalakshmi N Appareddy 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.
- Eating Disorders
- Sleep Disorders
- Birth Control
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases
- Bipolar Disorder / Manic Depressive Disorder
- Depressive Disorder
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Substance Abuse
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She refused to refill my Prozac and my mood stabilizer just because I had to reschedule my appointment for one week later due to my work schedule. I suffer from PTSD., Bipolar depression and anxiety with panic attacks.She is cold and uncaring and doesn't care about her patients whatsoever. The fact that I can become ill from stopping my psyche meds so abruptly means nothing to her. Now I am stuck making another trip to the emergency room. Even her ratings and reviews are deplorable. I wish I had seen those reviews before I chose her as my doctor!
I've been seeing Dr. Appareddy for at LEAST 6 months now. I only go to her because my previous insurance made it impossible to find another provider, and I will be finding a new one ASAP. First of all, I have to agree with everyone else. My appointments are never more than 5 minutes. I've never seen a psychiatrist before, but I imagine this isn't normal. She essentially asks you what is wrong with you, and then gives you meds, which are generally the wrong ones. I've been on so much different crap from her that didn't work before we finally found something. I have severe depression and anxiety, and the mix of the two of them cause me to not be able to sleep. She has put me on like 5 different "old SSRIs" for sleep that left me feeling WORSE than ever before. During my last visit, I told her my anxiety medication wasn't working for me and I wanted to try something else and she said that we were on the last one to try, so I asked her what would happen if it didn't work, and her response was that she wouldn't be able to help me then because she refused to switch me to even close to the actual clinical dosage. I asked her five times to write me a script for 90 days instead of 3 30 day ones, and she said she was going to, but guess what? She didn't and I didn't find out until I got to the pharmacy because I trusted her. I left feeling worse than ever, still having severe panic attacks and angry. If you know what you need to take, go see her. If you have had issues with medications and side effects in the past and aren't sure what you need to be on, don't. It's been horrible for me, and the only reason I'm going back on Tuesday is because I haven't found another doctor yet and need a refill. She doesn't listen, so don't plan on actually telling her your problems, and make sure you know what you're taking because she won't remember, or even look at what she has written down. She asked me last appointment what I was on. REALLY? So unprofessional. I've heard the woman at the front desk be rude to people, but she's never been rude to me personally before.
Appareddy is brusque and practical. She does not listen well and is neither friendly nor sympathetic. She is not interested in spending more than 5-10 minutes with a patient and rushes through everything. Despite this, she quickly found a treatment that worked for me. I have been in and out of psychiatrists' offices for years, and have had relationships with doctors that were friendlier and better listeners but couldn't find the right meds for me. At this point I don't need therapy or a friend; I need effective medication. So Dr. Appareddy is more than adequate for my needs, and the very short waiting times (usually less than five minutes) is a big draw. I would NOT recommend this doctor to anyone that was new to mental illness or struggling to understand their condition. But for people who have already had a good diagnosis and psychiatric care in the past and just need med management now, Dr. Appareddy is adequate.
37 Years Experience
Osmania Medical College
Graduated in 1981
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Vijayalakshmi N Appareddy accepts the following insurance providers.
- Aetna Choice POS II
- Aetna Managed Choice POS Open Access
- Aetna Signature Administrators PPO
BCBS Blue Card
- BCBS Blue Card PPO
- BCBS GA Blue Choice PPO
- BCBS TN Blue Network E
- BCBS TN Blue Network S
- CIGNA HMO
- CIGNA LocalPlus
- CIGNA Open Access Plus
- CIGNA PPO
- Humana Choice POS
- Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
- Humana National POS
- Multiplan PPO
- PHCS PPO
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Locations & DirectionsTri State Psychiatric Services, 6918 Shallowford Rd Ste 200, Chattanooga, TN
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