Treating ADHD, Anxiety, Addiction, Depression, Dementia Insomnia, PTSD, OCD, and other Mental Health Issues
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We are Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists (PNS) and our experience enables us to offer effective outpatient, individualized, psychiatry care. Our psychiatrist team provides psychiatric treatments for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors, from multiple offices located throughout Orange County (Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach, Orange, and coming soon to Mission Viejo) - We do accept patients from the entire United States, as well. Our psychiatrists treat a number of mental health disorders, including anxiety, stress, PTSD, bipolar, schizophrenia, dementia, depression, ADD ADHD, alcohol and chemical dependency, and more. Our Psychiatry practice was founded on the principles of treating patients with care, compassion, and understanding.
Alejandro Alva, MD, is the founder, chief medical officer, and CEO of Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists (PNS) - he has been practicing Psychiatry for more than 20 years.
Dr. Alva earned his bachelor’s degree from California State University, Fullerton, and completed medical school at Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara School of Medicine in Mexico. He then returned to California, where he completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California, Irvine.
PNS offers Psychiatrists who speak in English, Spanish, and Gujarati. As well as female psychiatrist, male psychiatrist, senior psychiatrist, and child psychiatrist options.
Dr. Alva's pioneering vision of PNS integrates the latest advances in neuropsychiatry, psychiatry, psychoanalysis, psychology, scientific research, social and behavioral therapies, neurochemistry, psychopharmacology as well as non-pharmacological modalities, such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) with the purpose of treating mental illness including chemical/alcohol dependence. We create and use technology - but, we will always care for you as an individual. We are one of the few mental health practices to offer an option for a male and female psychiatrist, as well as a multicultural team.
We are a preferred NeuroStar Transcranial magnetic stimulation TMS provider.
PNS is proud to have participated in the development of a great majority of treatments available to patients today. The practice’s health care professionals include top-trained psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and physician’s assistants with expertise in treating adults, children, adolescents, and seniors. The clinical team takes a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to care. Our psychiatry group is committed to making treatment accessible and is in-network with most insurance carriers. As neuropsychiatrists we look at both the psychiatric and the neurological disorders and how diseases within the nervous system may effect mental disorders. PNS is lead by award winning psychiatrist Dr. Alva.
Our psychiatrist team enhances the well-being of persons with mental, neuropsychiatric disorders, and chemical dependence through optimal clinical care via residential care, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs and outpatient services. If a more intense approach is needed, we have an ample net of inpatient referrals. PNS treats people who suffer from a wide array of cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and chemical dependence/alcohol disorders. As Orange County's leading psychiatrist practice we strive to deliver the highest standard of mental health care available to patients anywhere.
As a psychiatrist, it is an honor and a privilege to serve the communities of Orange County. We have purposefully put together a team, who's passion is to care with a purpose. Our goal is to listen to your big picture, but also to see the unspoken details. Our promise to you is to demonstrate:
We are committed to being the Best Psychiatrist Practice in Orange County. Our team of Psychiatry professionals see patients for a variety of reasons, many reasons include:
Give us a call and find out why we develop long-term psychiatry relationships with our clients and why the patient experience at PNS is second to none.
As your Orange County psychiatrist and neuropsychiatrist our promise is to be there for you every step of your journey. We know the psychiatrist services we provide are integral to your well being. We want to help you grow from your struggles, heal from your pain, and move forward, in life, to where you want to be. - That is our goal.
Everyday our psychiatry team works to provide you with a soothing and safe experience. At PNS we not only use the latest technology, we create it. Dr. Alva actively participates in numerous psychiatry clinical trials, develops protocols, and collaborates with leading medical companies to create treatment programs, which are second to none.
Our team of psychiatrists regularly collects data to measure the patient experience, we ask how we can better serve you, and we exceed expectations. Our commitment to you is to deliver not only the best psychiatry care, but actually demonstrate that we care about you, as a person.
Please feel free to call us and see how we can help!
Anxiety, depression, and fear are the most common and uncomfortable emotions we, as humans, experience. In fact, we all deal with these emotions at some point in our lives (on average a major life event happens every 3 years). We utilize a program of counseling and treatment, we work with you to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy.
Children are most affected by attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, many adults deal with ADHD, as well. The most common symptoms of ADHD are inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement, which is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (these are reactions which may occur in the moment without thought). We will work with you to alleviate the anxiety of ADD and ADHD.
Because Not All Wounds Are Visible...it's not just a phrase that is convenient to say, but it describes the experience and symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. We treat anxiety, fear, and hopelessness, which are just a few of the emotions, which can linger past a traumatic events. We can help you overcome PTSD symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
PTSD Treatment may be available with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS Orange County).
Adult mental health problems range from quick bursts of uncontrollable anger and debilitating anxiety to the coping and living with of depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. The team at Pacific Neuropsychiatric Specialists has extensive experience in adult psychiatry, offering comprehensive medical and therapeutic care for the full scope of mental health disorders. We are here to help!
As many as 40 million Americans face Anxiety on a continual basis. We live in a broken world, the changes we face everyday can be daunting for anyone. Realize you are not alone and your mental health may just be a reaction to the varied situations you face on a daily basis. Sometimes anxiety lasts a lifetime other times it may come and go due to life events. Our goal is to remove or minimize the symptoms and restore your quality of life.
Bipolar Disorder or Manic Depression is very common. It may be associated with mood swings ranging from deep depression to manic highs. Bipolar may be caused by genetics, the environment, or altered brain structure or chemistry. If you are facing challenges of bursts of energy followed by no energy, changes in sleep, changes in motivation, or if you are losing touch with reality, then please give us a call. Bipolar is more common then you may think and it can be addressed. We know managing these symptoms without the proper help can be overwhelming. Psychiatrists may prescribe medication and treatments for both the manic and depressive episodes associated with bipolar disorder.
Interpreting reality abnormally may be a sign of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior, which may impair daily functioning. Often Schizophrenia may become debilitating.
Often those with schizophrenia may require treatment, which lasts a lifetime. Not treating schizophrenia early may make getting symptoms harder to control and complications may develop.
Schizoaffective disorder is a mental health condition, which is marked by a varied combination of schizophrenia symptoms, (such as hallucinations or delusions), and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.
There are two types of schizoaffective disorder — you may experience symptoms of schizophrenia, as well.
Dementia symptoms often affect memory, thinking and social abilities. The symptoms of dementia may be severe enough interfere with your daily life. Science believes dementia may not be a specific disease, rather a combination of several different mental health disorders.
Memory loss alone doesn't mean you have dementia.
Sometimes through medication and treatment dementia symptoms may be reversible.
We all metabolize medications differently, sometimes the right dose for one person may not be the right dose for another. In fact, slow metabolizers may not require as much of a medication as a fast metabolizer. We may perform medication management if the right drug interaction is not giving us the anticipated result. Sometimes you may need a different version of the same medication.
Alcohol or chemical dependency is the abuse of alcohol or chemicals despite negative consequences. Both alcohol and chemical abuse are toxic to not only your body, but your mind, as well. Often we see disastrous effects in a person's health and personal life. On the physical side prolonged abuse can cause organ failure and death... on the mental side we see families ripped apart, wounded relationships, and other forms of abuse.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation. Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure, which uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to improve symptoms of PTSD, Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health disorders. TMS may be used in conjunction with medication, therapy, and sometimes when other treatments haven't been effective.
When working with children an adolescent psychiatrist diagnosis and treats disorders of thinking, feeling and/or behavior affecting children, adolescents, and their families. Our child psychiatrists have been specially trained to work on a level, which is understandable to children. Specifically, our mental health team has advanced medical education, additional professional ethics, and a higher level of medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common psychiatry mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought).
Nearly 20% of all children under the age of 12 have tried or used illicit drugs and almost 10% have misused a prescription medication. Another 6% have used alcohol to the point where their body developed a dependency. As psychiatrists, we work with young children everyday who have experienced abuse, often they are coping with stress or trauma. This is an age where it is especially important to show we care, we understand, we come alongside the child and work on corrective behaviour.
While depression, anxiety, anger, and PTSD may be the most common mental health issues we work treat. Those life issues do not even scratch the surface of challenges we all face on a daily basis. Your life could be great, but sooner or later a traumatic experience may unexpectedly come and you may need to overcome symptoms with therapy.
We hope when you chose an Orange County Psychiatry provider you chose PNS, not because we have a convenient location near you, but because we make you feel like you have our undivided attention and can feel how much we care for you as an individual.
Please contact us with questions or requests for an appointment.
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3151 Airway Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Fax: (714) 708-2588
Serving: Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Newport Coast, Santa Ana, Irvine, Fountain Valley
705 West La Veta Avenue
Orange, CA 92868
Fax: (714) 202-5555
Serving: Orange, Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Placentia, Anaheim Hills, Tustin, Brea, Villa Park
3400 West Ball Rd
Anaheim, CA 92804
Fax: (714) 708-2588
Serving: Anaheim, Garden Grove, Buena Park, Westminster, Midway City, La Habra, La Mirada
18682 Beach Boulevard
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Fax: (714) 916-0000
Serving: Huntington Beach, Seal Beach, La Palma, Stanton, Cypress, Los Alamitos, Rossmoor
24681 La Plaza
Dana Point, CA 92629
Fax: (714) 916-0000
Serving: Dana Point, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano
Mission Viejo, CA
Fax: (714) 916-0000
Serving: Mission Viejo, Rancho Santa Margarita, Laguna Hills, Laguna Woods, Laguna Niguel, Laguna Beach, Lake Forest, Las Flores
Psychiatrist treating: Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Depression, PTSD, Insomnia, Bipolar, Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, Addiction, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Neuropsychiatry Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Body Dysmorphic Disorder, Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder, Factitious Disorders, Hypochondria, Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Kleptomania, Normal Stress, Adjustment Disorder, Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders.
Neuropsychiatrist treating: Seizures, ADHD Disorders, Cognitive Deficit Disorders, Palsies, Uncontrolled Anger, Migraine Headaches, Addictions, Eating Disorders, Depression, Anxiety, Mania, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Visual Hallucination, Auditory Hallucination, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Eating Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) .
Psychiatrist treating: Child Anxiety, ADHD, Autism, Addiction, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Tourette Syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Developmental Disabilities, Language Disorders, Learning Disorders, Underage Drinking, Substance Abuse.
We work with various treatments and therapies - depending on the needs (and wants) of the patient. Therapies may include brain stimulation therapies, psychological treatments, integrated care, meditation, medications, psychotherapies, therapy, counseling, and other forms of psychiatric treatments.
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