What is Dr. Desai's Background?
Dr. Desai is a Triple Board Certified medical professional that specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of mental illness and psychological problems. Dr. Desai has completed medical school at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. He went on to be Intern of the Year and then Chief Resident at New York Medical College. Dr. Desai then completed advanced training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the combined Cornell and Columbia program at the prestigious New York Presbyterian Hospital. He went on to do an additional year of training at Columbia/New York Presbyterian Hospital in Psychosomatic Medicine. During his training, Dr. Desai was not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but also became adept at providing psychotherapy.
What will happen during my first appointment?
Dr. Desai will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which he will gather some information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. Within this first session together, he will then determine the best plan of action to move forward.
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
Dr. Desai will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that you do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form. In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then he is obligated by law to notify the authorities of this.
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
Depending on what type of insurance provider you are currently using, coverage for our services will vary. Many insurance companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services. We take payments at the beginning of each session, and take cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
How long will my treatment last?
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment. Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness not medically acknowledged, the longer the treatment will take. Certain conditions do not require a lot of time to treat, and others considerably more. Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, and others require life long maintenance. We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for the best outcome.
How can I prevent mental illness coming back?
We give you guidance and protocols to adhere to both inside and outside of our office. Follow the treatment regimen and plan of action that Dr. Desai prescribes. Make sure that you follow the medication regimen, attend the psychotherapy and counseling sessions, and keep your life as balanced as you can. It is very important to try and avoid stressful situations, let your loved ones help you whenever possible, and seek help the moment you feel like your mental illness is coming back or getting worse.
What determines if my mental illness will come back?
There are a few components that play a part in the recurrence of mental illness.
Coexisting stresses in life: often times, a mental illness will recur if there are additional life stressors (family or marital problems, starting a new job, losing someone close to you).
Age: more often than not, if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness earlier than later in life, there is a higher likelihood of the illness recurring.
Diagnosis: Some mental illnesses are more common to recur than others. Some of the ones on the list that are more likely to come back are: OCD, drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.
What if I have an emergency or an urgent situation come up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1. If you have an urgent situation, call our office, and Dr. Desai will see you as soon as he can.