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College Interns, Medical Students, and Psychiatric NP Training at Acadian Care, Mandeville, Slidell, Hammond, New Orleans

Acadian Care Intership &    Student Services

At Acadian Care, we are proud to offer student services to aspiring clinicians, ages 18 and above. Student services are available at our clinics located in: New Orleans, Slidell, Hammond, and Mandeville. The Acadian Care student and intern program is an excellent way gain experience from a leading New Orleans area, outpatient psychiatric clinic. As behavioral health providers to children of Louisiana and Mississippi, we care about the health of children in our communities and the evolving future of medicine. We take pride in our growth and we take great pleasure in sharing our knowledge and experience with hopeful clinicians who show interest in caring for the needs of children faced with mental health obstacles. The student intern opportunity is targeted to prospective students in pursuit of careers as physicians, psychiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, counselors and therapists.

For nurse practitioners and medical students looking to complete clinical hours, Acadian Care is currently affiliated the following Nurse Practioner and Medical School programs: William Carey College of Medicine, Nicholls State’s NP program, and the University of Alabama Nurse Practitioner Program in Birmingham. 

Some skills and duties expected are as follows:
•Impeccable moral character with an ability to follow HIPAA and patient privacy guidelines without exception
•Maintain professionalism at all times while interacting with patients in a kind and professional manner
•Maintain efficient workflow by learning and implementing clinic practices
•An interest in how to function as a team member in a psychiatric office setting utilizing an advanced EHR system
•With patient consent, shadowing clinicians during their workday
•Flexibility to travel between clinic locations as needed

This opportunity will be granted to competitive, intelligent, and responsible students who are passionate about their future as a possible health care provider.  

If interested, please email elle@acadiancare.com for further information and/or an application.  Applications should be completed at least two months in advance and available positions are limited. 

Thank you for your interest! We look forward to hearing from you soon!

For further inquiries, please contact us at 985.781.7353 and ask to speak with Elle.

 

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

Bipolar Disorder in Children and Teens

The following article has been copied in part from the National Institutes of Mental Health and is part of the public domain:

Does your child go through intense mood changes? Does your child have extreme behavior changes? Does your child get much more excited and active than other kids his or her age? Do other people say your child is too excited or too moody? Do you notice he or she has highs and lows much more often than other children? Do these mood changes affect how your child acts at school or at home?

Some children and teens with these symptoms may have bipolar disorder, a serious mental illness. This brochure will give you more information. Informative NIMH brochure about bipolar disorder in children and teens. 

What is bipolar disorder?

Bipolar disorder is a serious brain illness. It is also called manic-depressive illness or manic depression. Children with bipolar disorder go through unusual mood changes. Sometimes they feel very happy or “up,” and are much more energetic and active than usual, or than other kids their age. This is called a manic episode.Sometimes children with bipolar disorder feel very sad and “down,” and are much less active than usual. This is called depression or a depressive episode.

Bipolar disorder is not the same as the normal ups and downs every kid goes through. Bipolar symptoms are more powerful than that. The mood swings are more extreme and are accompanied by changes in sleep, energy level, and the ability to think clearly. Bipolar symptoms are so strong, they can make it hard for a child to do well in school or get along with friends and family members. The illness can also be dangerous. Some young people with bipolar disorder try to hurt themselves or attempt suicide.

Children and teens with bipolar disorder should get treatment. With help, they can manage their symptoms and lead successful lives.

Who develops bipolar disorder?

Anyone can develop bipolar disorder, including children and teens. However, most people with bipolar disorder develop it in their late teen or early adult years. The illness usually lasts a lifetime.

Why does someone develop bipolar disorder?

Doctors do not know what causes bipolar disorder, but several things may contribute to the illness. Family genes may be one factor because bipolar disorder sometimes runs in families. However, it is important to know that just because someone in your family has bipolar disorder, it does not mean other members of the family will have it as well.

Another factor that may lead to bipolar disorder is the brain structure or the brain function of the person with the disorder. Scientists are finding out more about the disorder by studying it. This research may help doctors do a better job of treating people. Also, this research may help doctors to predict whether a person will get bipolar disorder. One day, doctors may be able to prevent the illness in some people.

What are the symptoms of bipolar disorder?

Bipolar “mood episodes” include unusual mood changes along with unusual sleep habits, activity levels, thoughts, or behavior. In a child, these mood and activity changes must be very different from their usual behavior and from the behavior of other children. A person with bipolar disorder may have manic episodes, depressive episodes, or “mixed” episodes. A mixed episode has both manic and depressive symptoms. These mood episodes cause symptoms that last a week or two or sometimes longer. During an episode, the symptoms last every day for most of the day.

Children and teens having a manic episode may:

  • Feel very happy or act silly in a way that’s unusual for them and for other people their age
  • Have a very short temper
  • Talk really fast about a lot of different things
  • Have trouble sleeping but not feel tired
  • Have trouble staying focused
  • Talk and think about sex more often
  • Do risky things

Children and teens having a depressive episode may:

  • Feel very sad
  • Complain about pain a lot, such as stomachaches and headaches
  • Sleep too little or too much
  • Feel guilty and worthless
  • Eat too little or too much
  • Have little energy and no interest in fun activities
  • Think about death or suicide

Can children and teens with bipolar disorder have other problems?

Young people with bipolar disorder can have several problems at the same time. These include:

  • Substance abuse. Both adults and kids with bipolar disorder are at risk of drinking or taking drugs.
  • Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Children who have both bipolar disorder and ADHD may have trouble staying focused.
  • Anxiety disorders, like separation anxiety.

Sometimes behavior problems go along with mood episodes. Young people may take a lot of risks, such as driving too fast or spending too much money. Some young people with bipolar disorder think about suicide. Watch for any signs of suicidal thinking. Take these signs seriously and call your child’s doctor.

How is bipolar disorder diagnosed?

An experienced doctor will carefully examine your child. There are no blood tests or brain scans that can diagnose bipolar disorder. Instead, the doctor will ask questions about your child’s mood and sleeping patterns. The doctor will also ask about your child’s energy and behavior. Sometimes doctors need to know about medical problems in your family, such as depression or alcoholism. The doctor may use tests to see if something other than bipolar disorder is causing your child’s symptoms.

 

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, New Orleans, and Hammond Louisiana.) 

 

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FDA Approved Biomarker Test for ADHD. Test currently offered in New Orleans, Mandeville, Hammond, and Slidell Locations.

NEBA

ADHD test, New Orleans, Mandeville, Slidell, Hammond

 

 

 

 

Acadian Care is Now Offering the Only FDA approved ADHD (ADD) Test at our Mandeville, Slidell, and New Orleans, and Hammond Locations.

 

Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and Testing

With offices in Slidell, Mandeville, Covington, Hammond, and New Orleans Acadian Care proudly serves the surrounding communities. Acadian treats ADHD, Autism, Bipolar Disorder as well as many other psychiatric diagnosis. The clinicians at Acadian are “…very excited to offer and utilize NEBA testing as a diagnostic option with our patients.” Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Nurse Practitioners, and therapists at Acadian Care have been diagnosing and treating ADHD/ADD for years. Now, with the addition of an ADHD/ADD test, this amazing discovery will improve our clinician’s diagnostic accuracy.

The NEBA instrument uses validated biomarkers to provide objective data. Instead of relying exclusively on subjective information in the form of rating scales, teacher observation and office based testing we now have another tool to use when considering a diagnosis of ADHD to improve our accuracy.

As always, psychological testing will continue to be utilized to augment testing. NEBA’s ADHD testing will not benefit all patients as some patients aren’t good candidates for testing and some patients may require additional testing to confirm or rule out other psychiatric conditions. Psychological testing is exceptionally beneficial when NEBA helps to rule out ADHD or when NEBA tells us that there may be another condition contributing to ADHD that needs to be treated.

More about the test for ADHD/ADD

NEBA is a 15 to 20 minute test that integrates an EEG biomarker for ADHD into the clinical setting. Using NEBA, clinicians can significantly reduce the number of patients receiving ADHD treatment and management as the initial focus when another condition would potentially be the primary diagnosis.  In the FDA validation study, NEBA reduced the potential for over-diagnosis from 34% to 3%.  NEBA also provides confirmatory support for ADHD with an accuracy of 92%.   Clinicians conduct their evaluation as in their regular practice using their usual assessment tools.  NEBA uses EEG to separate ADHD patients into biomarker-based groups with clinical differences that allow validated recommendations to be offered to the clinicians. You do not need to be a current patient to benefit from this test. Following completion of the test, the provider will meet with you to discuss the results and at this point you may return to your primary care provider if you choose and we will send a copy of the report to your primary provider. ADDitude magazine recently interviewed a NEBA representative regarding, click here to read more about the ADHD test in ADDitude Magazine.

Dr. Steve Snyder, Vice President of Research and Development said “NEBA can help the clinician confirm ADHD as a primary diagnosis, or help the clinician to determine whether ADHD-like symptoms may be better explained by another primary condition.”  A clinician using NEBA is more likely to establish diagnostic evaluation results comparable to an entire multidisciplinary team of mental health providers.  See the videos below for more information:

  1. how NEBA works
  2. how NEBA helps – Gina
  3. how NEBA helps – Margret
  4. how NEBA helps – Scott

 

About NEBA Health

NEBA® Health develops diagnostic tools to help clinicians improve the lives of children and families.  We developed the first FDA approved Neuropsychiatric Interpretative Electroencephalograph Assessment Aid (NIEA) — named NEBA®.  NEBA is an ISO 13485 registered medical device developer.  We are cleared for marketing in the USA as (K112711), CE marked, and Health Canada licensed.

Scheduling is Easy:

Psychiatrists, and nurse practitioners at Acadian Care are certified to prescribe the NEBA test. We are also particularly pleased that such a useful test is being offered at such a reasonable cost. Please visit our contact page if you would to schedule an appointment to discuss a NEBA ADHD test. Evaluations for NEBA testing can be done during an office visit and the test scheduled that day as well if needed. For same day ADHD/ADD testing and an appointment, please contact our office and specifically request this type of dual visit.

 

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, New Orleans, and Hammond Louisiana.) 

Mandeville and Covington Gain a New Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Child Psychiatrist Mandeville

Child Psychiatrist Mandeville

Dr. Henke, a Psychiatrist, Joins Acadian Care to Expand Services in Mandeville

Dr Michael J. Henke is happy to locate to the North Shore to help his local community with mental health needs. Dr. Henke is a Child and Adoleschent psychiatrist who specializes in treating: ADHD (ADD), depression, anxiety and OCD. Born and raised in Louisiana, Dr Henke has lived and trained in the New Orleans area, attending LSU Medical School and continuing at LSU for his Child and Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry training.

 A Provider on Many Health Insurances

Dr Henke is currently accepting: Aetna, Blue Cross, United, Magellan, Gilsbar, Louisiana Healthcare Connections, Amerihealth, and many other health care insurance plans.

Areas Served:

Our Mandeville clinic is located at the foot of the Causeway near Mandeville High School. The clinic is about 15 minutes from Covington and Madisonville, and about 30 minutes from Metairie, and Folsom.

How do Psychiatric Disorders Like ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety present?

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

To Schedule an Appointment with Dr Henke, Please Proceed to Acadian Care’s Contact Us Page.  

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.)

 

Acadian Care Psychiatry wins New Orleans Top Workplace 2016 Award

Acadian Care wins a Top Workplace Award

Acadian Care wins a Top Workplace Award

Acadian Care is excited to announce that we’ve won a New Orleans 2016 Top Workplaces award!

The award is given to select companies in the greater New Orleans area and administered by NOLA.com and the Times Picayune. After being nominated, all competing companies are evaluated by Workplace Dynamics, an independent national survey company. Acadian Care’s amazing employees were confidentially given surveys about multiple areas of their job, including: meaningfulness of work, ethics, management, clarity, pay, training, growth, and workplace environment. The results were announced this past Friday and we’re so happy that we’ve won! It’s our first year ever to be recognized by such a prestigious award! It’s especially gratifying to see our coworkers get recognized for all of the great work that they do! A special thank you to all of our employees who work so hard every day to help make the lives of our patients better.

In addition, Acadian Care received the #1 company from all categories (small, medium and big companies) for communication! In healthcare, communication is important, we all need to be working towards the same goals. If there is a new idea or a better way to do something we want the positive change to happen quickly! This also makes the job fun, watching our services improve, seeing the smiles on our patients’ faces when we’re able make their visit just a little nicer.

We look forward to continuing to contribute to the Greater New Orleans area for many years to come! It’s an honor to serve the behavioral health needs of Hammond, Slidell, New Orleans, and Mandeville.