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Hammond Ponchatoula Expands Psychiatrist Services with Psychiatric Nurse Practioner

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Psychiatric Provider, treating ADHD in Hammond, Slidell, Mandeville

Psychiatrist and Nurse Practitioners Expand Services in Hammond

Katy Zahn, APRN, is as happy as she is proud to return home to the Hammond, and Ponchatoula area to help her local community with mental health needs. Ms Zahn is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and is fully capable of treating a variety of mental health disorders, including all that a psychiatrist can treat. By in large, she is able to perform all of the same clinical duties as a child psychiatrist. A psychiatric nurse practitioner can prescribe medicine, treat ADHD / ADD, depression, anxiety and OCD.

A Provider on Many Health Insurances

Katy Zahn is currently accepting: Aetna, Blue Cross, United, Magellan, State Benefits, and the Bayou Health Plans. If Ms Zahn is unable to accept your insurance, no worries, there is likely a psychiatrist working at Acadian Care that is on your insurance.

What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist,  and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

The main difference is that following training, a psychiatric nurse practitioner works with a psychiatrist practicing in the same style as the psychiatrist. Hundreds of hours and many months are typically spent with the psychiatrist and nurse practitioner collaborating to help ensure that their practice models are as close as possible. Both nurse practitioners, and psychiatrists do their best to follow the standard of care guidelines to deliver the best care possible. Psychiatric disorders are difficult to overcome, and psychiatric nurse practitioners and psychiatrists will discuss cases that are more complicated.

Psychiatric Disorders Tend Not to Happen One at at Time

When treating psychiatric disorders, psychiatric providers understand that many times it’s not an “either-or” scenario. For example, if a patient has ADHD or ADD, the provider needs to keep their differential diagnosis open to include other possible ancillary conditions. ODD, Depression, Anxiety, and even Bipolar can occur concurrently with ADHD. In addition, social skills, personal safety, personal hygiene, and learning are commonly affected. Treating the whole patient is important to all of our psychiatric providers. Psychologists (with psychological testing), therapists, and counselors, all work together to help overcome the obstacles that families and children are facing.

To read more about Psychiatric Providers, and Psychiatrists please click here: Psychiatrist

To read more about ADHD and ADD at Acadian Care please click here: ADHD

To read more about ADHD at the AACAP’s website, please click here: AACAP


We very much hope this information has been of some use; please remember it is for information only. Also, please remember that nothing in this article is meant to be given as any type of medical or psychiatric advice as it is for informational purposes only.  Nor is this article intended to substitute in any way for professional medical or child psychiatrist advice, diagnosis, decision making, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician, psychiatrist, child psychiatrist, psychologist, or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding any medical or psychiatric condition. We strongly advise that you never disregard professional medical or psychiatric advice or delay in seeking advice because of anything you have read on the Acadian Care website. Thank you.  Acadian Care, LLC is a private mental health clinic located in Slidell, Mandeville, and Hammond Louisiana.)