Congratulations you have taken the first step to a life of wellness! This website is designed to inform, educate, encourage and give you hope. In the past several years the stigma of mental illness has greatly diminished; however, millions of people remain locked in their prison cells not knowing that the key to their freedom is an arms reach away! My goal is to help restore the hope in the lives of those suffering from these illnesses. As a Scottsdale psychiatrist I treat Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Panic Attacks, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizoaffective Disorder, and Schizophrenia. These conditions are much more common than you could ever imagine. The good news is that most mental illnesses are very treatable and respond well to medications; many of the antidepressants have even been shown to protect the brain against damage to the neurons.
Genetic testing has become a growing part of my practice in that it helps me find the right medication for the patient in the least amount of time, suffering and cost; and can save weeks or months of time; finding the most effective treatment plan.
Please understand that medication management is a long term process and most often will often require years of treatment. It is important that each individual weighs this against the benefits that will accrue from the medication including remission of the symptoms. I believe these expectations should be understood prior to treatment, especially since there are not yet any cures for the primary mental illnesses. Psychotropic medications are very effective. Once on the right medicine, most of my patients report to me that they regret not being on the medication sooner. Medication management is usually very effective. Medication management doesn’t preclude the use of counseling and alternative therapies; however, in many cases, the use of medication allows for successful treatment of these illnesses.
As a medical doctor and psychiatrist I understand that many mental disorders are often physiological disorders as with most bodily illnesses, there is no reason to feel shame in seeking treatment for these illnesses
The travesty of mental illness is that the vast majority of those who suffer with these illnesses can be treated and live a life of joy, happiness, fulfillment, and purpose; however, being uninformed of the successes in psychiatry often thwarts their recovery. As a result of this, often people live for years or a lifetime needlessly suffering with symptoms of depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, or other conditions which are very treatable.
Mental illness is no different from any other bodily illness in that it is an issue grounded in an organ not functioning properly and is usually linked to genetics. High blood pressure, diabetes…the brain is subject to disease like any other organ in the body. As a medical doctor I fully understand the physiological dimension to mental illness and usually first look for an underlying physical condition that might be responsible for the symptoms.
Sometimes the symptoms of mental illness can be the result of glandular, hormonal, or physical injuries as well as deficiencies or a plethora of chemicals produced by the brain. Low levels of testosterone can cause depression. I also believe that we are made up of body, soul, and spirit; and all three aspects of our lives play key roles in the healing process as well. Often you have to “fake it until you make it” and depression can send us into a downward spiral where we let our lives slip away, personal hygiene, and appearance and attitude. I encourage my patients to work out, set goals take care of their bodies, as they are in treatment. This goes along way to speeding up the recovery process.
We have no reason to be ashamed of mental illness and absolutely no excuses why we should continue to live with its devastating effects especially in this day and age of science and technology. As a physician I view most mental illnesses as any other bodily diseases. Is mental illness genetic or environmental? I have posted a very interesting article on this site Genetic Mental Illnesses which you may find quite interesting which discusses the genetic predisposition to mental illness and the discoveries being made in genetics which entail better treatments in the future including genetic testing which allows us to find the most effective medications for each patient based on the symbiotic relationship of their DNA and the various medications. Read more about the use of genetic testing in my practice.
Psychiatry is as much an art as it is a science; assisting people in diagnosing and treating their illnesses has been a strong passion of mine for years. It has taken me years of experience to acquire and develop the discernment needed to make the proper diagnoses so that I may treat my patients in a way that offers them the very best prognoses.
If you are seeking an experienced Scottsdale psychiatrist, I believe you will be pleased with my credentials and helpful information on this website
I recently added an FAQ page to my website and this is an ongoing post that addressed many questions that I get from my patients and dispels some of the misinformation floating around on the web and in the public domain. Click here to visit this page our you may find it under the My Observations tab on the menu.
I have been in practice since 1997; I began as a psychiatrist in Phoenix and then in 2001 decided to practice psychiatry in Scottsdale. During my early years in practice, I worked with the State of Arizona and dealt with some of the toughest cases on what we called PACT Teams. This team approach worked very well in maintaining a continuity of care which is often required for long term care. I graduated from the University of Illinois College of Medicine and then completed a 4 year residency in psychiatry through Washington University at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis MO. This residency program was at the time among the top 25% programs in the nation.
In addition to my formal education, I take many hours of continuing education every year in order to stay on top of the most recent treatments, therapies, and technologies in health care & mental health; and read many articles regarding cutting edge discoveries in mental health.
I post very interesting Mental Health Articles and videos on this website on a regular basis when I come across an interesting discovery or treatment in the mental health field. Especially the articles that deal with such issues as: is mental illness environmental or genetic? You may wish to check back with my website from time to time. Most of these studies are nothing short of fascinating and full of hope. As a disclaimer many of these articles, especially those dealing with genetic versus environmental relationships to mental health are in the very early stages of research and should be read with this in mind. Psychiatry like any other natural science is an empirical field and the findings of these studies; as interesting as they may be are inconclusive by their very nature. All findings and discoveries in the natural sciences are contingently true and continually debated and revised; please keep this in mind while reading these articles.
Working with people to accept their diagnosis and then recover is as much a joy for me as it is for them and their loved ones. Acknowledgement, acceptance and education are the first steps in the healing process.
I have learned that many patients have a genuine interest in learning about mental illness. This education provides them valuable insight into what might be troubling them. This education also plays a very substantial role in the recovery process as well. I have posted information on the definitions, causes, treatments, and prognoses of mental illness for this very reason. My practice includes the treatment of those who are between the ages of 21 to 61 years old and suffering from but not limited to the following conditions:
If you are seeking an experienced Phoenix psychiatrist or would like to find a Scottsdale psychiatrist, I would be honored to help you take the first step towards a life of peace, joy, and purpose. My psychiatric practice also reaches out to East Phoenix, Tempe, Gilbert, and Mesa as well. Please contact me to set an appointment for an initial evaluation. You will find my telephone number and e-mail address in the contact section; please read my policy on insurance before contacting me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Congratulations again, I am excited that you have begun a life of wellness and hope to walk the path of recovery with you and I hope you find this website to be a great encouraging psychiatric and mental health resource.
Marie Gronley, MD