Mental illness spans a wide range of disorders. While some disorders can be severe, even life‑threatening illnesses, many are fairly mild. Most mental disorders can be controlled through proper medication and other treatments, allowing patients to live full and productive lifestyles. Common disorders include:
Diagnosis and Treatment
Highly specialized training is required to diagnose and treat mental disorders. As a physician specially trained in mental disorders, a psychiatrist is fully qualified to prescribe medications, order laboratory tests and neuro-imaging, and conduct physical exams. After diagnosis, cost limitations imposed by most insurers mean the psychiatrist typically manages medication, with any counseling performed by social workers or psychologists.
We treat adult patients for a wide range mental illnesses, including addiction and emotional disorders. Every case begins with diagnosis and treatment by a psychiatrist, a physician qualified to understand, integrate, and treat the biological, psychological and social factors that influence mental health.
Combining neurology and psychiatry, neuropsychiatry works toward unified diagnoses and treatments of mental or behavioral disorders. Many of the neuroimaging diagnostic tools and techniques used routinely in our neurological practice are suited for neuropsychiatric diagnoses.
Jessica Rimer, LCSW-R
DENT Neurologic Institute offers psychotherapy services to assist patients with manage psychiatric symptoms, behavioral issues and interpersonal difficulties. These symptoms and struggles often have a significant impact on the patient’s ability to function as well as on their quality of life. We strive to provide patient-centered, strength-focused and problem-solving approaches to help improve self-image, strengthen relationships and promote a healthy lifestyle. DENT offers comprehensive evaluations and treatment for patients with common mental health diagnoses which include anxiety disorders, mood disorders and PTSD. Providers work collaboratively with patients as well as their support systems to create and implement a treatment plan that is tailored to the patient’s specific short and long-term goals.
Horacio Capote, MD, Medical Director
Alfred Belen, MD
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Therapy is a state-of-the-art treatment utilized by our doctors to help treat adult patients with major depressive disorder. The treatment utilizes short pulses of a focused magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the area of the brain thought to control mood. This brief painless treatment is performed in a quiet, comfortable setting under the supervision of a psychiatrist and is done while the patient is awake and alert.
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
ECT Medical Director: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Anesthesia Director: Dr. Rose Berkun
Attending Psychiatrists: Dr. Horacio Capote, Dr. Alfred Belen, Dr. Ramesh Konakanchi
Dent now offers outpatient electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) as an important service in the Psychiatric and Behavioral Health division at our new, state-of-the-art Orchard Park location. As the first ECT program in Western New York to be offered in a private-practice setting rather than a hospital, patients benefit from personalized care with the highest-quality trained medical staff in a therapeutic warm environment. In addition, our center offers significantly improved access, convenience and cost. ECT is a very effective treatment for patients who suffer from severe depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia or other related diseases. ECT is a proven, safe and viable option for treating patients who are not able to experience basic quality of life due to their condition. 80 - 90% of ECT patients respond favorably, which is double the remission rate of those treated with antidepressant medications.
Everyone involved in my treatment was very nice and professional. I am very happy.
The nurses there were probably the best I've ever had.
The quality of care and the level of care was excellent by both the doctors and nurses.
Everyone there at DENT is so good at what they do. They are very caring and understanding. They brought my husband back from a very low point in this life. He suffered from depression for 8 months. I thought I would lose him. He is 95% back to himself. The staff is wonderful, supportive and comforting. If you are having ECT this is the place.
Everyone has been attentive and responsive to my needs. All of the staff is excellent.
To protect patients, their families and the public, New York state law requires a psychiatrist to notify proper authorities if a patient is homicidal or suicidal. Patient confidentiality does not apply in these circumstances.
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Center Director: Horacio A. Capote, M.D.