Family Health Providers are personal medical providers (MD, DO, FNP, PA) for people of all ages and health conditions. They are reliable first contact for health concerns and directly address most health care needs. Through enduring partnerships, family health provider help patients prevent, understand, and manage illness, navigate the health system and set health goals.
Family Health provider and their staff adapt their care to the unique needs of their patients and communities.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health problem that you may develop after experiencing a life-threatening event, natural disasters, car accidents or sexual assaults. After these traumatic events, it’s normal to have some upsetting memories, feelings of being on edge or trouble sleeping. At first, day-to-day activities like going to work or school may be difficult. If these feelings do not subside after a few weeks or months, you may have PTSD.
It’s important to remember that PTSD does not mean weakness. A number of factors can increase your chance of developing PTSD, many of which are not under your control.
Anxiety disorder is an umbrella term that can include different conditions, such as:
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression, is a treatable illness marked by extreme changes in mood, thoughts, energy and behavior. A person suffering from bipolar disorder can alternate between “poles” – mania (highs) and depressions (lows). These changes can last for hours, days, weeks or months. Almost 2 million American adults suffer from bipolar disorder, often having been misdiagnosed as depressed as a teenager.
An equal number of men and women develop this illness, with men usually exhibiting manic episodes at the onset and women exhibiting depressive episodes. Bipolar disorder is found amongst all races, ages, ethnic groups and social classes. Like depression and other mental illnesses, genetics play a factor in developing bipolar disorder. If a family member has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, there is an increased risk for other members of the family
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is a range of conditions characterized by challenges with social interactions, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Autism isn’t just one condition, but many types, caused by different combinations of genetic and environmental factors. The most obvious signs of ASD appear between ages 2 and 3, but in some cases can be diagnosed as early as 18 months. While Best Day Psychiatry and Counseling, formerly known as Fayetteville Psychiatric Associates, doesn’t have treatment providers specializing in autism spectrum disorder, we do treat the interconnected conditions. These conditions can include:
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is the preferred medical term for the biologically-based neurological condition once known as ADD. The symptoms will fall into one of three quantifying categories:
Depression is a common and serious medical condition that negatively affects how someone thinks and acts. They may have unexplainable feelings of sadness and a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. This can also lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems, decreasing the person’s ability to function at work and at home.
Some people are at an increased risk of developing depression, though depression can affect anyone at anytime – even people who appear to live an ideal life.
Differences in certain brain chemicals may contribute to the symptoms of depression. These chemical imbalances in the brain are what drug treatments are typically based on. In many cases, there is a reduction in the amount of certain neurotransmitters found in depressed people, like serotonin and norepinephrine. Like many mental illnesses, genetics also play a factor. Depression can run in families. Personality and other environmental factors can also increase a person’s likelihood of developing depression. People with low self-esteem and who are easily overwhelmed by stress or are generally pessimistic in nature appear to be at an increased risk of developing depression. Those who are continuously exposed to violence, neglect, abuse and poverty may also be at an increased risk of developing depression.
Drug addiction is considered a complex brain disease with far-reaching nuances and consequences that impact many facets of a person’s life. We offer a medication-assisted treatment with Suboxone and a combination of:
Our goal is to optimize drug therapy and improve the therapeutic outcomes for all our patients. We perform:
We try to empower our patients through education to enhance medication adherence for comprehensive patient care.
Shannon Davis is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, family nurse practitioner, and emergency room nurse practitioner providing mental health services, family practice, urgent care services and addiction treatment in Alaska & beyond. Her love for mental health started in the emergency room when she noticed most of her patients were coming into the emergency room due to lack of mental health providers in the community.
Shannon was born at Ft. Campbell, KY while her father was serving in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Her husband is also an Army Veteran and her late father in law was a five-time tour of duty of Vietnam. She has a love for her country and veterans.
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