Professionals sometimes show disruptive behavior that interferes with their performing well with clients and staff.
These behaviors commonly emanate from the professional having one of the following:

Axis I psychiatric disorder

Major Depression

Bipolar Disorder

A central nervous system disorder

Alcohol or Drug Abuse / Dependence

Axis II psychiatric disorder

Narcissistic (self-centered)

Schizotypal (unusual beliefs or attitudes)

Antisocial (extensive rule breaking)

Borderline (fluctuating emotions)

Histrionic Personality (attention seeking)

The Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta's goal is to assist these professionals in understanding the disorders that contribute to their disruptive behavior and train them how to minimize these issues so they can return to a more productive work setting.

Evaluation involves extensive clinical psychiatric interviews, psychological testing, neuropsychological assessment, review of the professional's practice style, and collection of information from family members and co-workers (with the individuals consent).

Treatment focuses on teaching the disruptive professional why staff, co-workers, family and clients react to them the way they have and how the change the behaviors that trigger such responses from others. Daily feedback systems are developed during treatment to provide immediate clarification to the professional about his/her problematic behavior. This affords the professional the opportunity to see specifically which behaviors he or she needs to change so as not to be perceived as disruptive. Exclusively in an outpatient setting, we utilize the full breadth of psychiatric medication therapy, behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapy and group therapies.

Following the intensive phase of treatment at Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta, the professional is referred to a local therapist with specific training to monitor his/her progress and reinforce the treatment plan formulated at Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta. This system affords a complete feedback loop so that the therapy to correct the disruptive behavior can be incorporated into the professional's practice. The professional's referring source is incorporated into the feedback loop to ensure continued supervision of the professional.

When alcohol or substance abuse problems occur concomitantly with the disruptive behavior, local substance abuse treatment facilities and support groups are incorporated into the treatment. The substance abuse assessment usually takes from one to three days and intensive treatment may take from two to four months. Results of the assessment are generally completed and returned to the referring source within ten days of completing the initial assessment.

Major Treatment Components Summary:


Please contact Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta's office at 404-872-7929 for the cost of the initial assessment and group and individual therapy sessions. Credit cards are accepted for all outpatient charges and complete information for insurance billing is provided.

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Behavioral Medicine Institute of Atlanta - Gene G. Abel, MD, Medical Director
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