Haven't been yourself since a head injury, illness, or the advancement of a neurological disorder? Or have neurological symptoms, but doctors can't find a physical reason? And you want to talk to someone who can help? A neuropsychiatrist is for you.
What is neuropsychiatry?
Neuropsychiatry is the interface of neurology and psychiatry. It diagnoses and treats cerebral disorders that also cause psychological symptoms. An example is someone with dementia who is suddenly moody or paranoid.
It also deals with conditions where there are neurological symptoms, but no known neurological or physiological cause. This includes conversion disorder, where extreme stress or depression causes physical problems like vision issues or paralysis.
Psychiatry looks at how the outside world affects you -- your environments and experiences. Neuropsychiatry also considers your 'inside' world. How are your genes and neurons affecting your thoughts, moods, and behaviours?
What are neuropsychiatric disorders?
Cerebral conditions that are considered neuropsychiatric disorders include:
- multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Tourette’s syndrome
Other diagnoses that involve neurological symptoms without known cause include:
- conversion disorder (or 'functional neurological disorder')
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
Neuropsychiatry at Harley Therapy™ London
After assessment, your neuropsychiatrist will devise a treatment plan. This can involve medication and further sessions, as well as referral to other health professionals, like occupational therapists and psychotherapists.
At Harley Therapy we pride ourselves on offering you:
- experts with years of experience who trained at top institutions
- well-appointed London Harley Street offices
- access to a network of further health care providers including counselling psychologists
- quick turnaround on medico-legal reports
- excellent patient reviews.
Dr Naresh Buttan
Private adult psychiatrist London
Dr. Naresh K. Buttan is a general adult psychiatrist with 15+ years of experience. Previously the Director for Higher Training in General Adult and Old Age Psychiatry at Health Education England, his special interests include neurobiology, transcultural psychiatry, migration and mental health, post-traumatic shock disorder (PTSD), epigenetics in schizophrenia and bipolar mood disorders, and mental health laws. (See his extended profile here.)
He is available to assess and advise patients between the ages of 18 to 65 on the psychiatric symptoms of the following:
- post concussional syndrome, head injury
- CNS infections such as HIV, HepB/HepC and encephalitis
- chronic degenerative disorders such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Huntington's disease
- CVAs/ stroke/ space occupying lesions
- general medical conditions such as substance abuse.
Your initial 50-minute session will explore generic psychiatric assessment and the impact of neuropsychiatric conditions. You will need to bring all of your relevant medical reports and documentation with you, as well as sending these ahead of your session.
Should you require further assessments, such as the Luria Nebraska Battery or ACE III, these will require an additional 60 to 90 minute appointment. Assessments that cannot be undertaken at Harley Therapy, such as imaging studies, will be referred elsewhere.
Time to feel more yourself again?
Neuropsychiatry can help with:
- brain injury
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- conversion disorder
- Parkinson's disease
- Tourette syndrome.
Dr Naresh Buttan