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Dr. Jeffrey L. Rausch, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jeffrey Rausch is a psychiatrist practicing in Duluth, GA. Dr. Rausch is a medical doctor specializing in addictionology and the care of mental health patients. As a psychiatrist, Dr. Rausch diagnoses and treats mental illnesses. Dr. Rausch may treat patients through a variety of methods including medications, psychotherapy or talk therapy, psychosocial interventions and, residential rehabilitation, day treatment, partial hospitalization, and more, depending on each individual case. Different medications that a psychiatrist might prescribe include antidepressants, antipsychotic mediations, mood stabilizers, stimulants, sedatives and hypnotics. Dr. Rausch treats conditions like addiction, depression, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, personality disorders, insomnia, ADD and other mental illnesses.
40 years Experience
Dr. Jeffrey L. Rausch, MD
  • Duluth, GA
  • Med Coll of Ga Sch of Med, Augusta Ga
  • Accepting new patients

Is bipolar disorder curable?

Left untreated, bipolar disorder tends to worsen over time. Episodes can become more severe or can begin to cycle rapidly. Treatment in the early stages of illness is more effective. READ MORE
Left untreated, bipolar disorder tends to worsen over time. Episodes can become more severe or can begin to cycle rapidly. Treatment in the early stages of illness is more effective. Treating a first episode, early in its phase with an early intervention, improves patient outcome. Appropriate treatment can allow a person to have a meaningful, fulfilling life. Most people find that treating the symptoms of bipolar disorder requires a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and psychoeducation.

With symptoms often starting in early adulthood, bipolar disorder has been thought of traditionally as a lifelong disorder, however some young adults may eventually outgrow bipolar disorder. Nearly half of those diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30. Two large, nationally representative studies reveal a strikingly high lifetime prevalence of bipolar (I+II) disorders in emerging adulthood (9% among 18–20-year-olds) that appears to later resolve substantially (1% among those over age 59).

In addition to treatment per se, education of both the individual, and their family support system is often very helpful and important, as is having a trusted, qualified doctor available to assess any changes. A regular sleep cycle, regular routines, regular meal times, and limitation of substance abuse are important mitigating factors.

What could be the reason my mother is just not eating?

The negative feelings associated with grief can leave many with a lack of appetite and disinterested in food and eating. After losing a loved one, most people experience sorrow, READ MORE
The negative feelings associated with grief can leave many with a lack of appetite and disinterested in food and eating. After losing a loved one, most people experience sorrow, perhaps numbness, and even guilt or anger, and gradually these feelings ease, to accept loss and move forward, after 6-9 months at the most. For some people, feelings of loss can be debilitating and don't improve after time. This is known as complicated grief, sometimes called persistent complex bereavement disorder. According to estimates, between a fifth and a third of people are at risk of a complicated grief response and 10%-20% of individuals display such symptoms

Signs and symptoms of complicated grief may include lack of progress in accepting the loss, lack of trust in others, trouble carrying out normal routines, and isolation and withdrawal. An older adult who has lost a partner may also have several chronic illnesses such as type-2 diabetes, kidney failure or early dementia, and as a result may forget or neglect to take medications. Poorly managed chronic diseases can further contribute to poor nutritional intake. Contact your mental health professional doctor for problems functioning that don't improve after 6-9 months of the passing of a loved one. Healthcare professionals play a significant role in screening and recognizing signs of depression and referring to appropriate services.

A family member can make sure there is adequate assistance with everyday tasks like shopping, meal preparation and provide company at meal times. Consider convenience foods, ready meals and meal delivery services, which might play a role in helping maintain oral intake. With reduced appetite, it is important that someone tries to sustain their oral intake and a good strategy is to have small, frequent meals and snacks throughout the day. Nutritious drinks, such as whole milk, milkshakes, or, fruit juice, fruit smoothies and milky hot drinks, soups, all of which can play a role in helping someone maintain energy and calorie intake.