Christian Psychiatric Services is the private practice of Dr. Valerie Augustus and is located in Germantown, Tennessee, where we proudly serve the greater Memphis metropolitan area, which includes the neighboring cities of Little Rock, Arkansas; West Memphis, Arkansas; Southaven, Mississippi; Olive Branch, Mississippi; and Tupelo, Mississippi. We are committed to providing excellent mental health care and improving patients' quality of life. We were recognized as the #1 Mental Health Practice in Memphis by the Commercial Appeal and Memphis Most in 2017. Additionally, Dr. Augustus has been elected a Top Doctor in 2018, 2019 and 2020. For more about CPS, check out their website at www.christianpsychiatric.com. Dr. Augustus has over 20 years of experience in adult psychiatry and 18 years in private practice. With a calling to holistically address the emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of people, she emphasizes a healthy diet and regular physical activity, while optionally integrating her spiritual beliefs and principles into each patient's healing process. In 2011, Dr. Augustus began offering TMS as a proven and effective alternative to traditional medication for patients dealing with depression and unfavorable reactions to antidepressants. FDA-cleared in 2008, TMS is a non-medication, outpatient treatment option generally tolerated well by patients; find out more about TMS at www.christianpsychiatric.com/about-tms.
Education and Training
Louisiana State University Medical Center/Shreveport
La State Univ Sch of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 1992
Louisiana State University School of Medicine in New Orleans 1992
Dr. Valerie L. Augustus, MD's Expert Contributions
I am unaware of a specific food that helps with depression. In general good nutrition is important to mental health overall. The Mediterranean diet is a good diet for most individuals. In general I recommend to my patients that they consume a more plant based diet consisting of fruit and vegetables, low in animal protein, and high in salmon and other fish that are high in omega 3 fatty acids. For diabetic patients, it is important that they consume fruit that is low in sugar, ex. blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries. Along with a healthy diet, I suggest regular exercise as tolerated by their health. I usually suggest thirty minutes per day of something aerobic, outdoors when possible to take advantage of getting vitamin D. READ MORE
Since I do not know any specifics about your friend, my answer is a general one. For most people aggression is an unhealthy avenue for expressing anger or frustration. When a person does not acknowledge that something or someone is bothering them appropriately, it will show itself in some form. Counseling is a good way for a person to learn healthy ways to express their emotions in the right context and to the right person in a way that is not destructive. READ MORE
Anxiety is common to some degree in many people. Some people worry more than others. Anxiety that interferes with daily functioning in work and interpersonal relationships should be addressed by a professional. Counseling may be the first avenue to pursue . There are several medications available to treat anxiety as well. The class most commonly used as a first line is called SSRI, (selective, serotonin, re-uptake inhibitor). READ MORE
In general an initial appointment can last one hour or longer. Follow up appointments can last 45 minutes to one hour. READ MORE
These are two names for the same disorder. READ MORE
Most people are able to accept help from someone that they know loves and cares about them. It is important that you share your concerns with your sister in a loving way and reassure her that you will be there to support her in any way that you can. If your sister truly is bipolar, she should be seen by a professional to substantiate this diagnosis and recommend appropriate treatment options. READ MORE
Anxiety is a very treatable disorder but it is chronic in nature. Appropriate treatment can help individuals live full lives without being unduly burdened by symptoms of anxiety. READ MORE
There are many medications that are used to treat anxiety. One primary class of medications are known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Medications in this class include Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft. There are others as well. A type of counseling that is also helpful is cognitive behavioral therapy. READ MORE
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is the formal name used by professionals for what a layperson would possibly call just regular anxiety. READ MORE
Medications known as antipsychotics are the primary choice for treating schizophrenia. Latuda, Geodon, and Quetiapine are members of this class of medication. READ MORE
Counseling combined with medication is often recommended for the treatment of major depressive disorder. READ MORE
Obsessive compulsive disorder is a chronic condition. Medication can be helpful along with a type of therapy called Exposure and Response Prevention. It is important to find a trained therapist if you have been diagnosed with this condition. READ MORE
I would suggest you seek out a complete evaluation by a qualified mental health professional if you think you may have bipolar illness. The only way to know with certainty what is causing the symptoms you've shared is to have someone do an evaluation, which will include but not be limited to: looking closely at all of your symptoms, your family history of mental illness, as well as current stressors affecting you. I would reach out to someone as soon as possible. READ MORE
Areas of expertise and specialization
- #1 Mental Health Practice 2017 Commercial Appeal and Memphis Most
- Top Doctor 2018 Findatopdoc.com
- Top Doctor 2019 Findatopdoc.com
- Bipolar Disorder
- Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (ptsd)
- Adjustment Disorder
- La State Univ Sch Of Med, Psychiatry
- LSU HEALTH SCIENCES
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Get to know Psychiatrist Dr. Valerie L. Augustus, who serves the population of Germantown, Tennessee. Valerie Augustus, MD, is a highly trained and qualified psychiatrist with over 20 years of practicing medicine. With a holistic approach to psychiatry, she utilizes her extensive expertise to provide emotional, physical as well as spiritual counseling to her patients. Upon completing her bachelor’s degree in microbiology at the University of Southwestern Louisiana, she went on to attend Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport and obtain her Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1992. After completing her residency at Louisiana State University Medical Center of New Orleans in 1996, Dr. Augustus relocated to Memphis, Tennessee. Here, she worked at Charter Lakeside before deciding to branch out and establish her own private practice – Christian Psychiatric Services, PLC. In 2011, Dr. Augustus made a landmark decision within psychiatry and became the first physician in Memphis to begin offering an FDA-approved, non-invasive, and non-medication treatment for depression called transcranial magnetic stimulation – or TMS. With a great success rate and proven results, she has treated well over 50 TMS patients. As a licensed physician board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry, Dr. Augustus treats a wide range of conditions – from anxiety and depressive disorders, to panic attacks and bipolar disorders – and continues to serve the greater Memphis metropolitan area at her office in Germantown, Tennessee. Psychology is the science of behavior and mind, including conscious and unconscious phenomena, as well as feeling and thought. It is an academic discipline of immense scope and diverse interests that, when taken together, seek an understanding of the emergent properties of brains, and all the variety of epiphenomena they manifest. As a social science it aims to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and researching specific cases.
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