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Dr. Karen L. Abrams

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Dr. Karen Abrams is a Main Line Today “Top Doc” who is Board Certified in Family Medicine specializing in mental and behavioral health issues. Some of her areas of clinical expertise and interest include depression and anxiety disorders, ADD and ADHD, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD),  sleep problems, menstrual mood issues, phobias and life stressors. With seventeen years of clinical experience  in a private office and at the Devereux Foundation, Dr. Abrams is uniquely qualified and dedicated to helping adults and adolescents improve their health conditions through counseling and prescription management.

Dr. Abrams can see you within a week and provide a clear direction on the first visit. Many medical doctors do not have the time, inclination, or expertise to deal with mental and behavioral health issues. This is where Dr. Abrams can help, by providing more focused, extended attention to address your needs. She will work in conjunction with a therapist, primary care physician, or specialist if requested.

Unlike most physical ailments, mental and behavioral conditions often have no clear-cut solutions and involve very personalized treatment based on each individual’s specific needs and background. A variety of complex factors can contribute to a mental or behavioral health problem, and helping to cure or manage it properly requires careful observation and evaluation of a patient’s symptoms, medical and emotional history, and life circumstances in order to identify the root causes.

Fortunately, most issues are highly treatable. Advances in research have furthered our understanding of human psychology greatly in recent decades, and new ideas and approaches are being developed all the time. Medications have become more and more sophisticated to target specific elements of the brain’s chemistry in order to treat different types of mental and behavioral disorders with a minimum of side effects. Proven therapeutic treatments as well as newer experimental methods can be used to address the complicated psychological factors involved in a patient’s condition. If your daily living is being significantly affected by depression, anxiety, or another mental or behavioral health disorder, it’s important that you see a qualified professional as soon as possible. Don’t let fear or embarrassment stand in the way of your achieving a better quality of life.

Board certified in Family Medicine since 1996, Dr. Abrams is on the medical staff of the Main Line Health Hospitals and is affiliated with the Devereux Foundation. She is also a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Pennsylvania Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Abrams was voted by her peers as a “Top Doc” from Main Line Today Magazine in December 2010. She currently participates with Highmark and IBC insurance plans. If you have Keystone HMO, you will need to ask your primary care doctor for a referral. For those without insurance coverage or those that desire true privacy, Dr. Abrams  will see patients on a fee-for-service basis.

 

Mental Health Classifications

A phobia is an anxiety disorder that is defined as an excessive, persistent, irrational fear of a thing or situation.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety disorder in which someone has repeated, unwanted thoughts or ideas (obsessions) and feels

Insomnia is trouble falling asleep and/or staying asleep. More women than men are affected by insomnia. This common sleep disorder

Most people would say they have been depressed at one time or another. We all have periods where we feel

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a condition in which a person has significant problems with not being able

Anxiety is a general term that is used to describe a range of anxiety disorders. Anxiety is worry, fear, unease,