182017Aug
About Us: Dr. David Purselle, MD, MS

About Us: Dr. David Purselle, MD, MS

After graduating magna cum laude with a degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1992, Dr. David Purselle received his doctorate of medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1996, and completed a residency in psychiatry at Emory University School of Medicine in 2000. He then earned a Master of Science…

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252017Jul
Peer Pressure and Teen Drug Abuse

Peer Pressure and Teen Drug Abuse

Teens use drugs for a variety of reasons. They may feel alone, misunderstood, mistreated, or lonely. In order to escape these realities some teens turn to drugs as a way to self-medicate. They may want to test boundaries and rebel against their parents’ rules. By using drugs, they feel as if they are in control…

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192017Jun
Georgia Psychiatric Consultants Services

Georgia Psychiatric Consultants Services

At Georgia Psychiatric Consultants, our focus is the medical management of mental disorders. With each new patient, we begin with a complete evaluation of any medical conditions, psychological factors, and other aspects of the patient’s life, to determine an accurate diagnosis and identify any factors that may be affecting the patient’s mental health. We then…

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162017Jun
June is PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month

PTSD can occur in anyone: Posttraumatic stress disorder can affect anyone of any age who witnessed or experienced a life-threatening or traumatic event. Know the signs of PTSD: People suffering from PTSD may repeatedly think about the trauma, be constantly on guard or alert, or avoid things that remind them of the trauma. PTSD can…

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222017May
10 Ways to Find Happiness

10 Ways to Find Happiness

Happiness is a state we all want to achieve, but it often seems frustratingly elusive. By consistently practicing certain actions, we can increase our happiness. Here are 10 ways to find more happiness in your daily life. Take Time to Reflect at the Beginning and End of Each Day Give yourself private time in the morning….

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182017Apr
Psychiatry and the Human Brain

Psychiatry and the Human Brain

The typical human brain weighs about 3 pounds (roughly 2% of your body’s weight) but uses 20% of your body’s total energy and oxygen intake. Scientists estimate that our brains contain roughly 86 billion brain cells and that more than 100,000 chemical reactions take place in the brain every second! The average brain generates around 50,000 thoughts…

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212017Mar
Understanding Schizophrenia

Understanding Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a serious and disabling mental disorder that affects a person’s ability to think clearly, make decisions, manage emotions, and relate to others. Affecting about 1% of Americans, schizophrenia can occur at any age, with the average age of onset generally being between the late teens and early 20s for men and the late…

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12017Mar
Local Mental Health Treatment at Georgia Psychiatric Consultants in Decatur

Local Mental Health Treatment at Georgia Psychiatric Consultants in Decatur

At Georgia Psychiatric Consultants we provide individualized medical treatment for a full spectrum of mental disorders and specialize in: ADHD: Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Eating Disorders: An eating disorder is an illness that causes abnormal or disturbed eating habits,…

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242017Jan
Depression

Depression

Sadness is a normal reaction to some of life’s difficulties and the emotion usually passes with a little time. Depression, however, is a serious mood disorder which causes severe symptoms that interfere with daily life and normal functioning. It can affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working….

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162016Dec
Holiday Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Holiday Anxiety and Anxiety Disorders

Occasional anxiety is a normal response to the stressful circumstances of life. You may feel tense and worried or your blood pressure may increase before a test or when you are making an important decision. As with stress, anxiety is pretty easy to manage even during the holidays. Tips for Reducing Your Anxiety During the…

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