About 1 in 4 adults and almost as many adolescents suffer from psychiatric illness at some point in their lives. Unfortunately, signs of psychiatric disorders often go unnoticed, and those who would most benefit from treatment do not receive it.
For this reason, it is important to seek help from psychiatric experts who can diagnose and offer effective treatments. Psychiatric disorders are treatable, and patients do recover and function normally.
Dr. Patkar has over 30 years of clinical and scientific experience in psychopharmacology, addiction, dual diagnoses, and integration of medical care for psychiatric disorders. He is an internationally recognized expert in psychiatry with over 275 scientific publications and 400 presentations. Dr. Patkar is certified in psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, addiction medicine, and pain medicine.
Avance Psychiatry practices are located across North Carolina with virtual care options available and a team of experts under the leadership of Ashwin Patkar, MD. Your mental health and well-being are our top priority.
We accept most major insurance plans and self-pay patients.
Our providers offer both counseling and medication management for mental health concerns including:
Addiction is an inability to stop using a substance or engaging in a behavior even though it is causing psychological and physical harm. At Avance Care, we specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of substance abuse and the mental health conditions that accompany it.
Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders. Individuals with anxiety disorders have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. While the cause of anxiety disorders is unknown, it is treatable and there are a number of treatment options available.
Depression (major depressive disorder or clinical depression) is a common but serious mood disorder. It causes severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think and handle daily activities.
Bipolar disorder is a mental health condition that results in mood and energy changes. It causes extreme mood swings that include emotional highs (mania or hypomania) and lows (depression). We use evidence-based methods to manage bipolar disorder and develop individualized and personalized treatment plans according to causes and symptoms.
OCD is an anxiety disorder and is characterized by recurrent, unwanted thoughts (obsessions) that make them feel driven to do something repetitively (compulsions). OCD varies from person to person, but the cycle is generally the same: an intrusive thought leads to anxiety or distress, leading to a compulsive behavior. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and medications can be used to treat OCD.
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health disorder that is marked by a combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.
Psychopharmacological management of mood, anxiety, ADHD and psychotic disorders
Psychopharmacology refers to the use of medication in treating mental health conditions. Some patients are treated with medication alone, while others are treated in combination with therapy or other treatments.
Types of Psychiatric Medications
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)
For substance abuse disorders
MAT is the use of medications, in combination with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat alcohol and other drug addiction. It is recognized as one of the best practices in substance abuse treatment supported by federal and state agencies.
At Avance Psychiatry, medication management is supervised by a licensed physician and is a part of our multidisciplinary approach. It is designed to control distressing symptoms and to improve the quality of life.
Ketamine Infusion Therapy for resistant depression, PTSD, anxiety disorders and chronic pain. Avance Psychiatry offers intravenous ketamine infusion therapy for the most difficult to treat cases of major depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, bipolar depression, chronic pain and opioid dependence, among others. Ketamine infusion therapy is an innovative treatment that is safe and effective and supported with substantial scientific evidence.
Avance Medical Pain Service is dedicated to turning the focus back towards pain patients. We take the time to listen, to consider all factors that impact your ability to function in the world, and then treat you without fear. We work within a ‘shared decision making’ model, where collaboration with patients and their families is paramount.
Though our primary intervention is the use of state of the art pharmacology, we also utilize joint and trigger point injections for musculoskeletal pain, and botox injections for migraine. We collaborate closely with Avance Psychiatry which specializes in psychotherapeutic techniques for pain treatment.