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How to Find a Psychiatrist

From the Show: HER
Summary: Do you need to talk to your Primary Care Physician about a psychiatric referral?
Air Date: 10/29/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Deborah Kim, MD
Deborah Kim Dr. Deborah Kim is a perinatal psychiatrist at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania where she is an assistant professor and Chief of the Perinatal Division of the Penn Center for Women's Behavioral Wellness.

Since 2005, Dr. Kim has been studying the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation in pregnant women with depression. In addition, she studies the fluctuation of neurotrophins during pregnancy and the effect of early life maternal trauma on HPA axis regulation of the mother during pregnancy.

She has funding from the National Institutes of Mental Health to support her research. In addition, Dr. Kim works clinically with pregnant and postpartum women and also specializes in treating medically ill women who have psychiatric illness. She is dual boarded in both psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine.

Dr. Kim has published many peer-reviewed articles in the field of perinatal psychiatry, is an active speaker and teacher and has won several teaching awards at her institution. She is an energetic mentor and advocate for women in medicine and a member of the Penn IRB.
How to Find a Psychiatrist
Whether you've lost a loved one and are struggling with the grief, or you're feeling concerned by your unstable behavior and thoughts, speaking to a psychiatrist might have been recommended to you.

When you've made a decision to seek professional help, finding the right psychiatrist can be a lot harder than it seems.

A psychiatrist is a medically-trained professional that specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. There are tons of psychiatrists that specialize in different areas. You may also want to consider what's important to you in a psychiatrist. For instance, do you prefer a male or female? Do you agree with the psychiatrist's way of treatment? Are you comfortable opening up?

Finding the right psychiatrist can require a lot of patience, but once you find the right one, it can be a great treatment option.

Listen in as Deborah Kim, MD, shares advice on how you can find the right psychiatrist for YOU.
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