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.
Education and Training
Med Coll of Ga Sch of Med, Augusta Ga 1978
Psychiatry and NeurologyAmerican Board of Psychiatry and NeurologyABPN
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Pain and stress both challenge the body's balance and necessitate decision-making to help adapt. Chronic stress and chronic pain both perpetuate negative memories, and can contribute to maladaption and compromised learning necessary for adaptive decision-making. Traumatically stressful early life experiences can cause immune disregulation across the lifespan. Psychiatric and medical comorbidities are common with trauma, and with post-traumatic stress disorder, including early onset of age-related conditions such as chronic pain, cardiometabolic disease, neurocognitive disorders, and even dementia. This is often in the context of sleep disturbance and heightened physiological arousal, oxidative stress, and, inflammation contributing to accelerated cellular aging. Stress can lower pain thresholds, and, of course, pain is stressful, whether its origin be somatic or emotional. Enlistment of a therapeutic and relational support system can contribute to a more mindful transcendence, and so deploy a more dispassionate observance of circumstance for more adaptive decision-making. READ MORE
Psychoanalysis is a therapeutic discipline established in the early 1890s by Dr. Sigmund Freud. Psychoanalysis sessions, typically last 50 minutes and ideally take place 4–5 times a week. The patient may lie on a couch, with the analyst often sitting just behind and out of sight. The patient expresses freely associated thoughts, fantasies and dreams to reveal ostensible "unconscious" conflicts believed perhaps to be causing the patient's symptoms and character dysfunction. Through the analysis, the patient hopefully gains insight of into how early presumptions and attributions (often from trauma) may be unconsciously projected onto others, as primarily manifest in the therapy by such projection onto the therapist ("transference"), the therapist being trained to remain as neutral as possible ("blank screen"). The analyst so confronts the patient's pathological defenses to help the patient gain insight into pathological defenses. Psychoanalysis is a controversial discipline and its validity as a science is contested. Nonetheless, it remains a strong influence within psychiatry, due to the compelling nature of its heuristic value. A less intensive, and perhaps more problem-focused psychotherapy, "psychodynamic psychotherapy" often employs many of the same theories, and, is not known to be any less effective. Better evidence exists, especially for depression, for the use of cognitive behavioral therapy: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_behavioral_therapy> (CBT) CBT is a form of psychotherapy that has been shown to be as effective as antidepressant drug treatment for depression. For select cases, clearly, many feel that the insight gained helps to identify thoughts and behaviors leading to depression. 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. 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. READ MORE
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