Dr. Gordon has been trained in two medical specialties.
Neurology is a medical specialty that encompasses the study, diagnosis, treatment and management of neurological diseases. Neurologists, physicians who practice neurology, may treat patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Patients may be referred to Neurologists from other physicians such as their family doctor, or they may seek the care and expertise of a neurologist on their own accord.
Neurologists are trained to diagnose and treat a variety of conditions and diseases relating to the nervous system, such as headaches, stroke, epilepsy, seizures, injuries to the brain and spine, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, various types and forms of pain, sleep disorders, multiple sclerosis and psychiatric disorders, among others. When diagnosing these and related disorders, Neurologists may utilize a variety of diagnostic procedures.
Neurologists often work as part of a multidisciplinary medical team, providing care for patients with complicated or advanced diagnoses. For example, neurologists often work in conjunction with psychiatrists, as the two medical specialties are closely related, and sometimes overlap. Neurologists also work in collaboration with physical therapists, as many neurological disorders can affect motor skills.
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Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of mental illness. Physicians who practice psychiatry are referred to as psychiatrists; psychiatrists differ from psychologists in that they are licensed physicians (hold either an MD or DO degree). Psychiatrists are able to provide most of the same treatments to patients as psychologists, but are also licensed to prescribe medication when treating mental illnesses. It is often said that psychiatry is the “primary care” of mental health and wellness.
When providing care to patients, psychiatrists employ a variety of tests and examinations to arrive at a diagnosis. When first meeting a patient, a psychiatrist will perform a mental status examination (MSE). During this diagnostic procedure, the physician attempts to identify the presence and extent of a patient’s mental illness. The psychiatrist will observe and document the patient’s state of mental health, which includes observations of the patient’s behavior, appearance, speech, mood, thought process, cognition, thought content, insight, affect and judgment. After performing the examination, the psychiatrist will be able to arrive at a diagnosis.
Psychiatrists may see patients for mental disorders and illnesses such as dementia, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), schizophrenia, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, drug abuse, addictions, bipolar disorder, panic disorders, phobias, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD), among many others. After arriving at a diagnosis, the psychiatrist may employ a variety of treatment techniques and procedures. These may include counseling, psychotherapy and the prescription of medications such as antidepressants or antipsychotics, among others.
Learn more about psychiatry at MD.com.