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Stanford Trained Revolutionary Psychiatrists Discuss Taking Psychiatry Out of the Stone Ages

Los Altos, CA, February 26, 2015 --( From Stanford University and Silicon Valley, the birthplace of innovation, Dr. Sonia Parikh and Dr. Vidushi Savant introduce "Savant Care, Inc." The Savant Care team has expertise in treating the entire spectrum of mental illness through an integrative approach to psychological well-being -- via medications, psychotherapy and alternative treatments. Most psychiatric care of today does not look much different from that of 20 years ago. Savant Care improves the efficiency and quality of psychiatric treatment through the use of cutting-edge technologies.

The under treatment of mental illness in America has become a terrible failure in our society. As hundreds of local Kaiser Permanente mental health employees recently protested the perceived failure of the company to provide timely, quality mental health care. The nation continues to reel from increasing deadly school attacks that point to cases where students suffered from severe mental health conditions were not effectively treated in time to avert tragedy. According to Newsweek Magazine, "Nearly 1 in 5 Americans Suffer From Mental Illness Each Year." On May 1, of 2014 President Obama Proclaimed the first National Mental Health Awareness Month stating, "Despite great strides in our understanding of mental illness and vast improvements in the dialogue surrounding it, too many still suffer in silence. Tens of millions of Americans face mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, or post-traumatic stress disorder. During National Mental Health Awareness Month, we reaffirm our commitment to building our understanding of mental illness, increasing access to treatment, and ensuring those who are struggling to know they are not alone."

The Savant practice uses evidence based medicine along with state-of-the-art technology to improve the lives of their patients. Dr. Sonia Parikh and Dr. Vidushi Savant are available for interviews and look forward to sharing their innovative approaches to mental health care.

Discussion Topics include:

Depression and Suicide: The discussion that can’t wait
The Savant Care team discuss the growing need to discuss depression and suicide. in the context of The Holiday Season along with treatments such as light therapy for seasonal depression, plus how to approach a family member who may be thinking of suicide.

Is marijuana use increasing the burden of mental illness?
The legalization of recreational marijuana would make the drug all that more accessible and socially acceptable, so it is reasonable to predict that teen use would further increase as policy shifts toward legalization.

Why is this important? The Savant Care team reveal the science to date and how it impacts adolescent brain development and adult’s susceptibility to psychiatric disease and addiction.

Overcoming Stigmas about Mental Illness
“What will people think of my high blood pressure?”
“What does it say about me as a person if I take insulin?”
Questions like these are not commonplace to primary care doctors, however psychiatrists answer similar concerns every day. Patients the Savant team, “What will people think if they find out I take this medication for depression?” or “Does asking for help mean that I am weak?” or “I am afraid that this medication will control my mind.” The Savant team discuss ways to fade the stigma so people get the care they need.

Depression is not a normal part of aging and should be taken seriously
Growing old is often accompanied by stressful life events, like bereavement, retirement or declining physical health. Sadness and grief are normal responses to such experiences. However, the doctors explain why clinical late-life depression is more than just a season of sadness.

Overcoming Stigmas: Starting the Conversation about Immigrants and Mental Health
The Immigrant community, both in the Bay Area and nationwide, is one setting where stigmas about psychological issues have proven time and again to be an enormous barrier to the appropriate understanding and utilization of mental health care. Find out why stigmas about mental illness are perpetuated in the immigrant community.

Sonia Parikh, MD is a Stanford-trained psychiatrist and Co-founder and Medical Director of Savant Care, Inc. She completed her residency training at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where she gained expertise in treating the entire spectrum of mental illness through an integrative approach to psychological well-being -- via medications, psychotherapy and alternative treatments. Dr. Parikh is extremely invested in the well-being of her patients, and utilizes her extensive medical, sociological and psychological training to provide the most comprehensive and compassionate care for the people she treats. She supplements her biologic conceptualization of mental illness with her deep understanding of psychoanalytic thought, which enables her to think holistically about the human experience and pathologies that may arise.

Vidushi Savant, MD is a Stanford trained psychiatrist, and Director and Co-founder of Savant Care. She received her Psychosomatic Medicine subspecialty training at Stanford Hospital, and completed her residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. She received her medical school education from Government Medical College in Patiala, India. In addition to her specialization in psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Savant is trained to manage general psychiatric illnesses such as Schizophrenia, OCD, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Panic disorder, PTSD, Generalized anxiety disorder and many more. She has a range of training in psychotherapies for interpersonal problems, grief, and marital issues. Her particular strengths are psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, and interpersonal therapy.

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Elaine Anderson
Phone: 408-469-0527
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