our Approach

Neuropsychiatry involves treating the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms that occur in the context of psychiatric diseases (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, PTSD, substance use disorders, schizophrenia) and neurological diseases (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia) and brain injuries. Brain injuries can have multiple causes including trauma (traumatic brain injury), stroke, brain infection, hypoxia (loss of oxygen), cancer (effect of the tumor or of the tumor resection, toxin exposure (i.e. lead poisoning), and many others.

When the brain is injured, a variety of emotional, behavioral, and cognitive symptoms can occur. These symptoms include depression, anxiety, anger, aggression, impulsivity, and memory impairment. A person who was previously functioning normally may feel and behave much differently, causing significant distress and having an adverse effect on their lives. It is not uncommon for these problems to continue even years after the injury has occurred.

Ultimately, whether symptoms are the result of psychiatric or neurologic disorders, the root cause is brain dysfunction.The core of neuropsychiatric practice involves figuring out the cause of the person’s symptoms and figuring out why they are having problems functioning.

Treatment is multifaceted, holistic, and is based on diagnosis. For example, depression may be due genetics, vitamin deficiencies, psychologically traumatic experiences, injury to the frontal lobe, a hormonal disturbance caused by injury to the pituitary gland, or precipitated by loss of functionality in daily life. Depression will, for the most part, look the same regardless of cause. But treatment will certainly differ depending on the cause.

Another large area under the scope of our specialty is the diagnosis and management of dementia. Dementia essentially means a loss of cognition or memory. There are many different causes of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, Lewy Body disease, and frontotemporal pathology. They can happen in mid-life and late-life, and can be difficult to differentiate from one another. Each type of dementia has a different disease course and is treated differently, making diagnosis of utmost importance. Sophisticated brain imaging and genetic testing can help in the diagnostic process, and also assist in family planning for the children of those affected by these diseases.

We have recently started a cutting edge dementia treatment protocol which was founded by Dr. Dale Bredesen at UCLA. This program, MEND (Metabolic Enhancement for Neurodegeneration), involves reducing inflammation, reducing toxin exposure, improving nutritional status, and many other treatment modalities. Two scientific papers have been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, showing reversal of cognitive impairment in those who had confirmed cases of Alzheimer’s disease. This treatment protocol is extensive, and requires much effort from the patient and their family.

 



About our Clinic

Tampa Neuropsychiatry was founded by Dr. Faizi Ahmed in 2016. He is a board-certified psychiatrist and also fellowship-trained from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Currently, he holds a faculty position as Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences at the University of South Florida.

Dr. Ahmed treats psychiatric conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and also severe mental illnesses such as schizophrenia. He is also a specialist in dementia and brain injury, focusing on the emotional, behavioral, and cognitive problems that result from these disorders.

He is also using Dr. Dale Bredesen's dementia treatment protocol for cognitive impairment in Alzheimer's disease.

 

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Our Services

 

 

Evaluation and Treatment For The Following Conditions

 Depression - ADHD ( ADULT) - Anxiety - Bipolar Disorder - Dementia, including Alzheimer's - Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) - Acquired brain injuries, including traumatic brain in jury

 

We see patients 18 and older

 

Insurance We Accept

Aetna - Beacon Health - Cigna - Florida blue - PPO / HMO - Humana - Medicare - Mhnet - Tricare - United - Self-Pay

 

We Do require a Credit card on file for New Patient Appointments

 

FAQS About Deductibles

What is a Deductible and How Does It Affect Me?

An annual deductible is the dollar amount you must pay out of pocket during the year for medical expenses before your insurance coverage begins to pay.

For example, if the policy has a $500 deductible, you must pay the first $500 of medical expenses before the insurance company begins to pay for any services.

When does a deductible begin?

Most plan years begin January 1st, check with your insurance plan. 

When do I have to pay for services?

Any time you receive medical care, you are expected to pay in full for your services until your deductible is met. 

How will I know when my deductible has been met?

Call your insurance company at any time to check on how much of your deductible has been met; some insurance companies have this information available online. Every time you receive medical services, you will receive notification from your insurance company with how much they paid or did not pay.

I’ve never had to do this before at any other doctor’s office.

This may be a departure from what you have been used to but it is not uncommon in many medical practices, imaging centers, outpatient surgical centers require a credit card on file.

Why I’m being singled out? I always pay all my bills. 

All patients are required to keep a credit or debit card on file. This policy isn’t personal; we apply it equally to all of our patients; by doing it this way, the temptation to play favoritism is eliminated and it removes us from the uncomfortable situation of having to decide who has to follow the policy and who does not.

What about identity theft and privacy?

Under HIPAA, we are under strict rules and guidelines in terms of protecting patient privacy and the credit card is considered protected health information. Because of HIPAA rules, our medical office is far more secure than most retail establishments as it relates to identity theft.

I don’t have a credit card.

You are welcome to leave a HSA (Health Savings Account) or Flex Plan card on file or pay with cash or check for the visit in full. We understand there are legitimate reasons you might not have a card (declared bankruptcy, maxed out, or declared unworthy of credit). If this is the case, we will work out a payment plan with you. 

This is not the same as ‘signing a blank check’ 

What we are doing is nothing different than a hotel or rental car company does at each check-in. All credit card contracts give cardholders the right to challenge any charge against their account.

This is NOT the same as “balance billing” 

“Balance billing” is asking the patient to pay the difference between our normal fee and the insurance company’s normal payment. That’s a breach of our managed care contracts. 

What we charge to the patient’s credit card is the portion the insurance company determined is not covered by the company. For example if you have Medicare coverage, we charge $200, Medicare approves $100, and pays 80% of that. The other $20 is the patient’s responsibility, and is what we charge to the credit card – instead of sending out a statement for that amount.

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