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Psychiatry

We are excited to announce as of July 2021, JPS Psychological Services & Jafferany Psychiatric Services are now CMU Health Behavioral Medicine!

Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. During the course of life, your thinking, mood, behaviors, and physical health can all be impacted by your mental state. Our trained physicians, providers and support staff from CMU Health are here for you.

CMU Health Psychiatry provides psychiatric consultations at Covenant HealthCare and Ascension St. Mary’s Hospital. Psychiatrists, residents and providers also offer outpatient psychiatric treatment in association with behavioral health clinics within the community.

Patients are cared for by board-certified faculty physicians and psychiatry residents, who may address needs, including:

  • Anxiety disorder
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry
  • Dementia
  • Depression 
  • Geriatric behavioral health
  • Medication review
  • Mental status changes
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicide attempt and suicidal ideation

Use our Find a Doctor tool to find a Psychiatry provider near you and schedule an appointment.

Child Psychiatry

Why do parents and families bring their child to a child and adolescent psychiatrist?

Problems such as being depressed, lonely, rebellious, inattentive, extremely forgetful/disorganized, easily agitated or frustrated, involved with the wrong crowd (i.e. peers who use drugs or have conduct problems), school difficulties, academic decline are a few situations where parents can become concerned. Parents may worry about their child’s development, eating or sleeping patterns, and how they are relating with family, friends, and other people at school, church, or other social circles. The Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist is specially qualified to understand the full range of factors related to emotional problems and mental disorders that can negatively impact children and teens. 

What is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist? 

A Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist is a physician who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating children and adolescents with psychiatric disorders that cause problems with feeling, thinking, and behavior. The Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist is specially trained and qualified to treat infants, children, teens, and adults as individuals, couples, families, and groups. 

What training does a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist have? 

A child and adolescent psychiatrist has 9 to 10 years of special training. Child psychiatric training requires 4 years of medical school, at least 3 years of approved residency training in medicine, neurology, and general psychiatry with adults, and 2 years of training in psychiatric work with children, adolescents, and their families in an accredited residency in child and adolescent psychiatry. 

What kind of treatment is provided? 

This treatment plan consists of bio-psycho-social model of treatment. It will take into account your child’s problems, as well as the strengths that are identified in your child’s personality, talents/abilities, your family, the school, and other community resources. The Psychiatrist reviews all aspects of your child’s situation and uses a variety of treatment options to ensure that every need is being met. With regards to children and adolescents, The Psychiatrist takes a conservative approach with regards to psychopharmacology and focus on the value of non-pharmacological interventions first when appropriate. In addition, having a collaborative working relationship with parents is crucial for successful treatment.

Pre-qualification Assessment for Bariatric Surgery

Obesity and Organ transplant surgery are increasingly common today. Many surgical centers now require emotional and psychological stability notices before scheduling such procedures. CMU Health Behavioral Medicine offers psychological assessments for bariatric surgery and organ transplantation surgery. 

Please call our office to get further details about scheduling an appointment. Please note that many insurances do not reimburse this assessment, so please call your insurance carrier to get up to date information. In such cases, we do accept major credit cards, checks, and cash for services.

Psychodermatology

Psychodermatology is a newer field of dermatology and psychiatry, which encompasses psychiatric aspects of skin disease and dermatological manifestations of psychiatric problems. A psychodermatologist is an individual who has training in both psychiatry and dermatology which enables him/her to understand the interfacing of different conditions and treat them accordingly with both therapy and medications if needed. 

In a vicious circle, chronic skin conditions often lead to emotional distress, especially if the disease causes visible skin distortion or scars such as extensive psoriasis or vitiligo. Emotional upheaval in turn, can cause genetic skin diseases to surface or exacerbate existing skin conditions. About 30 percent of skin conditions are stress related or appear as a reaction to an emotional problem. Patients in these circumstances often experience difficulty in their professional and personal relationships. In rare cases, people have suicidal thoughts due to these conditions, secondary to social stigma. 

The common disorders which may fall into this area include, but not limited to:  

  • Trichotillomania
  • Skin picking
  • Nail biting
  • Delusion of parasitosis
  • psychogenic itching
  • Skin cutting on wrists or other parts of the body
  • Psoriasis
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Vitiligo
  • Lichen planus
  • Recurring Herpes simplex
  • Factitious dermatitis
  • Body dysmorphic disorder

There are only a few Psychodermatology clinics in the country and CMU Health Behavioral Medicine is among them, and the only one in Michigan. Dr. Jafferany is highly interested and experienced in treating above mentioned disorders, and is a well known national and international speaker on these issues in conferences domestically and abroad.

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