Hi, Jim Wallace here. How can I help you?
I’ve practiced old fashioned psychiatry with a modern twist in Augusta, Georgia, since 1985, getting to know my patients very well. An excellent, therapeutic doctor-patient relationship is the foundation of all psychiatric treatments.
To help my patients as much as possible, I’ve used both talk therapy and medications, and I’ll continue to do so. My approach to the practice of medicine is 100% patient-centered. It’s all about finding out what works best for each individual.
Everybody is unique!
For many people medications are not the best answer. That’s why I’m excited to have introduced to Augusta a high tech, highly effective treatment modality called rTMS, or repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy. A non-drug psychiatric treatment, TMS was approved by the FDA because it’s effective and safe, but patients love it because it’s easy on their bodies, and often works much more rapidly than medicines.
I will continue to provide a wide range of psychiatric services to my patients. That includes what I think is the best of new treatments for brain diseases such as depression – TMS – an effective treatment without any of the systemic side effects which are so common with medications. I also order newly available high tech lab testing to determine which medicines are most likely to work for my patients, and to help minimize medication side effects.
Having both magnetic stimulation therapy and high tech lab testing available in my office increases my ability to help my patients become free of the ravages which are produced by psychiatric brain diseases, and I’m glad to be able to offer these services to Augusta.
It’s mandatory that psychiatry push the limits as we adopt new brain treatment technologies, but we must not abandon the minds or the souls of our patients as we do so. There is no substitute for a carefully constructed trusting relationship. Hippocrates had it right.
Finding the right treatment means finding what’s exactly right – effective, safe, and as free of side effects as possible – for each individual person. Some patients need only talk therapy. A few primarily need the right medications. Many need both. Some need TMS. There is no universally effective psychiatric treatment.
In seeking to help treatment resistant patients, I prescribe ketamine and low dose naltrexone (LDN) when my evaluation shows these medications are indicated.
I don’t take hopeless cases, but I hardly ever run across anyone I can’t help if they truly want to be helped, and will follow my advice. Many of my patients suffer from very complex problems, and have not been able to find help elsewhere.
I love practicing psychiatry, and am incredibly lucky to have such wonderful patients. I hope to be able to continue to practice my version of old fashioned psychiatry for many more years.
You’ll find more information about depression and other psychiatric illnesses, brain chemicals, stumbling blocks to happiness, psychiatric treatments, and all sorts of things here, and also when you visit my other professional website, TMS Augusta.
Your comments are appreciated, but reviewed very infrequently. The only good way of getting in touch with me is by telephone.
I wish I could offer help and advice to everyone who posts a comment and asks for my assistance, but I can’t do so. I need to actually evaluate each individual, and each situation. Doing so requires an appointment and a doctor-patient relationship.
Thanks for visiting.