Movement Disorders Center in Psychiatry at NSUH

Movement Disorders include a wide variety of neurological and psychiatric conditions, which require specialized clinical assessment and management. These disorders are often difficult to diagnose and frequently go untreated because of the unusual and varied nature of these symptoms. Treatments may be further delayed when psychiatric symptoms interfere with functioning, masking the true, organic nature of the disturbance. Behavioral symptoms commonly include depression, obsessive-compulsive thoughts and rituals, attention problems and anxiety, and may lead to difficulties with employment, family relationships and social functioning.

Whom do we service?

Some of the abnormal, involuntary conditions treated at the Movement Disorders Center in Psychiatry include Tourette’s Syndrome and Associated Disorders, Attention Deficit Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder,

Tardive Dyskinesia, Parkinson’s Disease and medication -induced Parkinsonism, Tic Disorders and Tremors.

What types of services are offered?

Health professionals in North Shore University Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry and Neurology have developed a program to address the complex needs of patients with movement disorders and their families. Services provided include diagnosis, treatment and research in the movement disorders.

What type of evaluation is involved?

Members of the consulting team include adult and pediatric psychiatrists and neurologists, psychologists, neuropsychologists and social workers. This group provides an integrated, multi-faceted approach to the evaluation and treatment of movement disorders.

The first step in the diagnostic process is a professional telephone screening, which is followed by a comprehensive evaluation by either a neurologist or a psychiatrist. The findings and recommendations are then discussed with other members of the team and with the patient. Further consultations, laboratory tests and other professional services are arranged when indicated. All treatment recommendations are coordinated with the patient’s personal physician.

How can I get more information about the Movement Disorders Program?

Patients may be referred by their physicians or they may contact Cathy L. Budman, MD, Director of the Movement Disorders Center in Psychiatry directly at 516-562-3223, Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 4:00.

What are the hours?

Initial consultation services are provided between 2:00 P.M. and 5:00 P.M. on Thursday afternoons in Pediatric Neurology at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Department of Pediatric Neurology. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled through the departments of Pediatric Neurology, Adult Neurology, or Outpatient Psychiatry on other days.

What are the fees?

In many cases, Medicare or other health insurance policies may reimburse some or most of the costs of service.

Last Update

May 24, 2010
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