The medical arena where moods, thoughts and behaviors play a major role in how one perceives, thinks and behaves as they interact with their environment. Typically genetics plays a role in psychiatric symptoms through physiologic responses that are other than optimal. Many medical problems also have psychiatric components due to hormonal imbalances, altered neurotransmitter activity, lesions and neurological problems.
After careful identification and diagnosis by a trained individual, typically there are specific medications that can help restore most hormonal, neurotransmitter and neurologic function to normal.
Dr. Russ has functioned as a trained psychiatrist, who became board certified in psychiatry and neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1981 in a wide range of medical capacities, including private practitioner, medical director, department head, executive director as a lead psychiatric emergency room doctor at LA County/USC Medical Center. These experiences have helped Dr. Russ finely hone is diagnostic and therapeutic skills.