Our practice specializes in and provides treatment for behavioral, psychiatric, and mental health issues including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Depression, Children with Depression, Senior Citizens with Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety Disorders and Panic Attacks, Addiction and Substance Abuse, Autism and Asperger’s Disorder, Eating Disorders, Alzheimer’s and other types of Dementia.
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops as a result of a terribly frightening, life-threatening, or otherwise highly unsafe experience. Virtually any event that is life-threatening or that severely compromises the emotional well-being of an individual may cause PTSD. These days, many American soldiers returning from the Middle East Conflicts are experiencing symptoms of PTSD. dr Aida and Zoran Murko are contracted with the government mental health plans and have unique experiences with war related mental health issues.
Depression is an overwhelming mood involving sadness, discouragement, despair, or hopelessness that lasts for weeks, months, or even longer. According to a report from the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly 18.8 million Americans over the age of 18 suffer from major depression.
Only in the past two decades has depression in children been taken very seriously. The depressed child may pretend to be sick, refuse to go to school, cling to a parent, or worry that the parent may die. Older children may get into trouble at school, be negative, grouchy, and feel misunderstood. Childhood depression is different from the normal blues and everyday emotions that occur as a child develops. Dr. Aida Murko, Psychiatrist, diagnoses and treats Depression in Children and Teenagers.
Depression, in its many forms, affects more than 6.5 million of the 35 million Americans who are 65 years or older. Most older people with depression have been suffering from episodes of the illness during much of their lives. For others, depression has a first onset in late life — even for those in their 80s and 90s. Depression in older persons is closely associated with dependency and disability and causes great suffering for the individual and his or her family. Dr. Zoran Murko, Psychiatrist, is a medical doctor specializing in the treatment of Depression in the Older Generation.
Bipolar disorder is one of the leading causes of functional and emotional impairment among people ages 15 to 45. This is not a single disorder but rather a spectrum of emotional problems ranging from mild episodes of depression followed by episodes of mildly elated moods. Bipolar disorder may escalate to episodes of mania and severe depression, which are sometimes accompanied by psychotic symptoms (hallucinations, paranoia). Some people with bipolar disorder present with mixed symptoms, both manic and depressed. Some may have rapid, almost daily mood swings. Bipolar disorder is often accompanied by substance abuse and anxiety disorder. It is especially challenging to diagnose and treat children with bipolar disorder. These children often present with behavioral problems typical for patients with ADHD or ODD (Oppositional Defiant Disorder). Substance abuse in adolescents can cause mood symptoms similar to those of bipolar disorder. Bipolar disorder and substance abuse often coexist. Both Physicians are experts in diagnosing and treating patients with bipolar disorder.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 8-12% of children and adolescents. It has been well established that in many cases the symptoms and impairments persist into adulthood, affecting roughly 4.4% of adults in the USA. ADHD affects all areas of life, including school, work, family and relationships. However, few adults are identified or have been treated for adult ADHD. Children who have ADHD are sometimes seen as being “difficult” or as having behavior problems. Boys are more often recognized and treated because they tend to present as hyperactive and disruptive, while girls tend to be less attentive. Dr. Aida Murko specializes in the treatment of ADHD in children and adolescents. Both doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating ADHD in adults.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. for example, it may help one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or keep focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it is a disabling disorder. People with panic disorder have feelings of terror that strike suddenly and repeatedly with no warning. During a panic attack, most likely your heart will pound and you may feel sweaty, weak, faint, or dizzy. Your hands may tingle or feel numb, and you might feel flushed or chilled. Both doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating Anxiety and Panic Disorders.
Children with mild autism or pervasive developmental disorder may have behaviors that are not so conspicuous. These children may have normal or above-average intellectual ability. Manifestations of autistic behavior may include a lack of ability to develop friendships with other children, although they can relate to family members and to adults. They sometimes seem to misunderstand or have difficulty learning how to speak or respond to others. Dr. Aida Murko has a special interest in the diagnosis, treatment and development of children with Autistic, Asperger’s, and Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
Both ANOREXIA NERVOSA and BULIMIA NERVOSA are characterized by severe disturbance in eating behavior and intense fear of gaining weight. There is a disturbance in the way one’s body weight or shape is experienced and self-evaluation is heavily influenced by perceived body image. Eating disorders cause severe functional impairment, health hazard and significant psychological suffering. Anorexia Nervosa affects roughly 0.5% of females during their lifetime, while Bulimia Nervosa affects around 1-3% of females. Around 90% of patients with eating disorders are females. The mortality rate among hospitalized patients with Anorexia Nervosa is over 10%. The incidence of patients with eating disorders appears to have increased in recent decades. Dr.Aida Murko welcomes patients with eating disorders.
She will be happy to coordinate treatment with the therapists, nutritionists, and primary care providers specializing in eating disorders and will make recommendations for inpatient treatment when appropriate.
Alzheimer’s disease is characterized by development of multiple cognitive deficits that include memory impairment and cause impairment in occupational and social functioning. Currently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s. However, drug and non-drug treatments may help with both cognitive and behavioral symptoms. Dementia is a neurological disorder that affects the ability to think, speak, reason, remember and move. While Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, many other conditions also can cause similar symptoms. Some of these disorders get worse with time and cannot be cured. Other types respond well to treatment, and their symptoms may even be reversed. Dr Zoran Murko specializes and has expert experience in the treatment of Dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Sleep Apnea, abnormal pauses in breathing or instances of abnormally low breathing is very common, and affects more than 12 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but Sleep Apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences. Untreated, Sleep Apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated Sleep Apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, Sleep Apnea can be treated several ways and research into additional options continues. Both doctors are experienced in diagnosing and treating Sleep Apnea.