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Dr. Michael Reed

Dr. Michael Reed is a psychiatrist in Nashville, Tennessee who has taken on an innovative approach toward treating psychiatric patients suffering from long term depression and other mental illnesses. Dr. Reed is well versed on the connection between a host of mental illnesses that have a similar root cause as their common denominator – inflammation of the brain. This knowledge helps him mold his treatments to finds ways that are more beneficial to his patients and their well being.

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Unlike many other psychiatrists, Dr. Reed routinely performs laboratory testing on his patients identify problems ranging from vitamin D3 or B12 deficiencies, anemia, thyroid abnormalities, diabetes, to DNA mutations.

picture of dr reedDNA analysis allows for examination of the genetic blueprint of the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) enzyme which is crucial in the body’s ability to properly use folate. Abnormalities in this enzyme are present in the majority of patients that he treats. Such mutations are linked to psychiatric disorders and several other common conditions and can be easily treated once identified. Dr. Reed has learned throughout his many years of experience that refractory psychiatric symptoms are most often multifactorial in nature.

Relieving the suffering of a person experiencing psychiatric problems requires a lot more than just trying another medicine. To finally achieve a healthy mental state, all one’s “ducks” have to be “put in a row,” meaning that the many different problems which are detected through laboratory analysis and clinical evaluation need to be simultaneously addressed and resolved. Dr. Reed is masterfully skilled in the art of psychopharmacology. But, to better treat his patients, he also can provide a variety of approaches beyond the more traditional medication venue.

For cases of refractory depression (depression which has not remitted despite multiple trials of different medications), Michael often employs Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). TMS is an advanced treatment option that Dr. Reed utilizes when trials of medication and psychotherapy have failed to make a depressed person better. TMS helps by using magnetic currents to stimulate parts of the brain that are known to be functioning improperly in patients suffering from depression. Brainwaves are basically realigned back to their original healthy state as if a “reset” button has been pushed. The outcome has been astounding with nearly 90% of patients treated achieving marked and sustained improvement.

Solid grounding and training in psychotherapeutic skills further differentiates Dr. Michael Reed from others in his field. Psychotherapy, ranging from CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) to insight oriented therapy, is the cornerstone of the care he provides. Whether it be through catharsis, analyzing defense mechanisms, or identifying recurring patterns of behavior, every patient benefits from the long therapy sessions which Dr. Reed routinely provides. Dr. Michael Reed attended the University of Tennessee, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Zoology with a special emphasis on Ethology, the study of the instinctual behavior of animals in the wild.

Michael was also a charter member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society at The James Quillen College of Medicine. He then completed his psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was the recipient of the Marc H. Hollender Award for outstanding performance by a resident. Upon completing his training at Vanderbilt, Dr. Michael Reed joined other graduates from the Vanderbilt program and created Associated Psychiatrists of Nashville, an outpatient private practice that serves the communities of middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky. Through the eyes of his patients, Dr. Reed has long had an “insider’s perspective” of the ever evolving Music City area. Tens of thousands of clinical hours since, experience has provided him with the wisdom necessary to untangle complexities of all sorts. He welcomes yours.

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