Child, Adolescent, & Adult Psychiatry
After completing his medical school, Dr. Schwartz completed his medical internship at Westchester Medical Center, New York Medical College. Dr. Schwartz then completed both his General Psychiatry Residency and Fellowship training in Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, Yale University School of Medicine, where he was Chief Resident of the Consultation-Liaison Service. The Department of Psychiatry at Yale New Haven Hospital is ranked 10th in the nation among the Best Hospitals 2020-2021 for Psychiatry in U.S. News & World Report. Yale University is a world leader in mental health treatment and research.
After completion of his training at Yale, Dr. Schwartz then went on to complete his Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Cohen Children's Medical Center-North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center (LIJ),Albert Einstein College of Medicine, in New York. Long Island Jewish Medical Center is a leader in ongoing research into Schizophrenia and it's early recognition.
While at Hofstra, Dr. Schwartz was inducted into the International Honor Society in Psychology, Psi Chi.
Dr. Schwartz has been recognized Top Doctor in Phoenix Magazine for both categories of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry.
Dr. Schwartz has repeatedly been recognized for several Patients' Choice awards online.
Child & Adolescent Care
Our children deserve the best in life and little is more important than their education and health care. Whether it's routine care to maintain optimum health, or specialized treatment for severe medical illnesses, deciding who provides this care for your child remains the same. It should be nothing but the best. Mental health is of course no exception. Education, training, and clinical experience are important factors to consider when choosing a physician. In psychiatry however, much more must be considered as well. Due to the extremely personal and private nature of problems presenting to a psychiatrist, trust is of the utmost importance. However, choosing a Child & Adolescent psychiatrist that incorporates these special traits can be daunting. Dr. Schwartz prides himself in providing the best in assessment and treatment with the time and compassion one would expect from their physician.
Using a biopsychosocial approach, Dr. Schwartz incorporates biological, psychological, and social elements influencing you and your child. Each child & adolescent is seen as part of a familial and social network rather than solely as an individual without influence of or by his or her surroundings. Multiple factors play a role in the pathology of disease in all of us. By assessing all of these factors, Dr. Schwartz will always formulate a treatment plan that incorporates all facets of psychotherapy, including cognitive and behavioral approaches to change, utilizing medications only after exhausting all other psychotherapeutic modalities. As a parent themselves, Dr. Schwartz fully understand the anxiety of having a child on medication. However, medications can be very helpful for many conditions. Both Dr. Schwartz and reserve the use of medication for those who are significantly impaired by their condition. Should medications be indicated and initiated, Dr. Schwartz will take special care in monitoring for side effects and keeping patients and their families informed about all of the risks and benefits associated with their medications.
Child & Adolescent Services Provided
Comprehensive Assessment: First and foremost, a full diagnostic interview of each child or adolescent, parents and/or caregivers while maintaining confidentiality Included will be the use of various standardized assessment scales, checklists, and forms from parents and teachers (when indicated). Complete review of medical history including medication history, past and current medical illnesses, Genetic Testing, and comprehensive medical assessment (ie., blood work, EKG, EEG, MRI, CT, etc.) when indicated. Coordination with current and previous treatment providers (including pediatricians and other medical specialists as well therapists), schools (including teachers, guidance counselors, school psychologists, social workers, and administrators when appropriate), family members, and others who may be important. With careful review, explanation, and discussion of all diagnoses and treatment options, Dr. Schwartz will provide multiple sources of information for further education and understanding of any diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Complete evaluation report when requested
Dr. Schwartz will explain all evidence based treatment options available for each condition, weighing the risks and benefits for all these treatments and help design and formulate a treatment plan together with the patient and family. When medication is indicated, Dr. Schwartz will explain the risks and benefits of all medications recommended and provide written information packets of all medications. They will also provide close coordination of care with other treatment providers such as psychologists and counselors, as well as collaboration with pediatricians and medial specialists. Dr. Schwartz will help with any referrals for additional treatments.
(Treating Adults up to age 50)
When we find ourselves struggling with symptoms related to mental health, the one thing that usually prompts us to seek treatment is the significant impact it has on our lives. Once you have made the decision to seek treatment, knowing where to go and whom to trust can be quite frustrating and daunting. Dr. Schwartz provides the best care with complete confidentiality, in a comfortable environment that you would expect, creating an environment where you can feel comfortable and at ease.
Dr. Schwartz is trained in the treatment of all psychiatric disorders. Whether there is a condition that is completely disabling or you are someone just suffering mild stress from life's challenges, Dr. Schwartz can help.
Full diagnostic interview Complete review of medical history including medication history, past and current medical illnesses, and comprehensive medical assessment when indicated (ie., Genetic Testing, blood work, EKG, EEG, MRI, CT, etc.). Coordination with current and previous treatment providers when needed including primary care physicians and other medical specialists as well therapists). All coordination is only done with full written consent of course.
Diagnostic assessment with treatment recommendations
Careful review, explanation, and discussion of all diagnoses. Dr. Schwartz provides multiple sources of information for further education and understanding of any diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Schwartz will explain all evidence based treatment options available for each condition, weighing the risks and benefits for all these treatments and help design a treatment plan together with the patient and family members. Psychopharmacology. Dr. Schwartz will spend as much time needed to explain the risks and benefits of all medications recommended and provide written information packets of all medications. Individual psychodynamic psychotherapy Family therapy Ongoing close coordination of care with other treatment providers Collaboration with primary care physicians and medial specialists Dr. Schwartz will help with any referrals for additional treatments
Give An Hour
Dr. Schwartz is a member of Give An Hour, which is a nonprofit organization providing free mental health services to U.S. military personal and families affected by the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as any other active duty service members.
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Modern medical technology now allows us to test for the individual genetic differences within each patient. The Arizona Schwartz Group can test how each persons' liver metabolizes medication, which is different for each individual. The liver has a complex system of proteins called the Cytochrome P450 Enzyme Complex (CYP). By swabbing your cheek and sending it off to the lab for analysis, we now have the ability to get a detailed report of how your liver specifically will metabolize each psychotropic medication. This will help us predict which medication you are more likely to respond to, which medication you are more likely to experience side effects from, and which medications you are likely not to respond to. We can check for all antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, stimulants, and more.