Psychiatric Services




Maria Cristina Davila M.D.


Dr. Davila provides an overall picture of how well you or a loved one feels emotionally. She also evaluates how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning). She explores beyond any self-test you can find on the internet. You can expect Dr. Davila to ask some deep questions. Occasionally, her assessment includes genetic testing to determine your biochemical balance. She also provides individual and peer counseling to help guide your journey. The end result is a comprehensive guide to dealing with any mental health issues you could be experiencing.


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Mental Health Treatment


We all deal with aspects of mental health in one way or another. Life can have unexpected turns, and can impact the way we think, feel, and act. Sometimes we might be afraid to speak out, but that should never stop us from getting the help we need. Dr. Maria Cristina Davila will work with you to find an individual treatment plan that will meet yourmentally, physically, and spiritually needs.

At Awakenings KC, Dr. Maria Cristina Davila treats the following conditions:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)
Depression

Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act.[1] The causes of depression are complex in nature. Depression can be caused by one or any combination of the following:

  • Faulty mood regulation
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Stressful or traumatic events
  • Substance abuse

Symptoms 

  • Sadness
  • Anxiousness
  • Sense of Emptiness
  • Loss of Hope
  • Guilt
  • Irritability
  • Lack of Motivation

Treatment for depression varies from person to person. At Awakenings KC, we offer the following services to treat depression:

Anxiety

Anxiety disorders include disorders that share features of excessive fear and anxiety. Fear is a natural response to a real immediate threat, while anxiety is a natural response to the anticipation of future threats. Fear and anxiety are natural survival instincts that everyone has, but culminate into anxiety disorder when fear and anxiety become excessive. Anxiety disorders paralyze us from making decisions in our everyday lives. Anxiety disorders cannot be diagnosed when substances such as stimulants are in use. Side effects of the stimulants could be the cause of anxiety, so proper diagnosis requires a period of sobriety.

Causes include:

  • Genetics
  • Stress from work, social settings, financials, trauma, etc.
  • Existential panic
  • Substance Abuse
  • Excess Caffeine Use
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Poor Diet
  • Lack of Exercise
  • High heart rate

Symptoms

  • Panic Attacks
  • Muscle tension
  • Irritability
  • Racing thoughts
  • High heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Detachment from reality
  • Concentration problems
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath

Treatment for Anxiety Disorder

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a psychological disorder that occurs when a person has experienced or witnessed traumatic events. It is natural to feel afraid or anxious after a traumatic event as they are natural survival traits. However, PTSD occurs when the fear and anxiety become extreme for an extended period of time. PTSD then consumes the person’s life and interferes with relationships, work, relaxation, etc. Not all traumatic experiences have to be physically dangerous to induce PTSD such as car accidents or assault. PTSD can occur when a person unexpectedly loses a love one or experiences catastrophic events.

Symptoms

  • Panic attacks
  • Flashbacks or reliving the trauma over and over
  • Racing heartbeat and sweating
  • Bad dreams and difficulty speaking
  • Terrifying and crippling thoughts
  • Easily startled and always on edge
  • Loss of interest and distorted feelings of guilt

Treatment for those affected by PTSD differs from person to person based on experiences from different events. A combination of the following can be used to treat PTSD:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) can be understood by defining the words obsessive and compulsive. Obsessive refers to reoccurring and persistent thoughts or urges might be unwanted or intrusive. Compulsive refers to repetitive behaviors or thoughts that a person experiences in response to an obsession or to rules that the person believes need to be applied rigidly. The symptoms of OCD are common in many people, but OCD does not occur until these symptoms and behaviors become intrusive in a person’s professional and personal life.

Symptoms

  • Fear of contamination
  • Aggressive behavior towards others or self
  • Excessive cleaning
  • Constantly ordering and arranging objects in a detailed, precise manner

Treatments

  • Medication Management
    • Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRIs)
    • Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
  • Psychotherapy
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Intensive Outpatient Program Groups
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a brain disorder that causes patterns of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity and interferes with functioning and/or development. There are no certain causes for ADHD, but scientists suggest factors such as genes, low birth weight, brain injuries, etc. can lead to ADHD.

Symptoms

  • Failure to give attention to detail
  • Difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or activities
  • Zones out easily when spoken to
  • Often easily distracted
  • Lack of patience

Treatments

  • Medication Management
    • Amphetamines
    • Methylphenidate
  • Psychotherapy
    • Behavioral
    • Family
  • Education and Training
  • Hallucinations
  • Addictions
  • Bipolar Disorders (Manic Depression)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders (Schizophrenia)
  • Sleep Disorders (Insomnia)
  • Phobia Disorders

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Genetic Testing

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Genetic factors can account for up to 95% of drug-response variability and susceptibility. In other words, how a drug will—or won’t—work for a particular individual. Dr. Maria Cristina Davila’s genetic testing brings pharmacogenomics to everyone, identifying how a patient’s DNA and current medications may affect their response to drugs.


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Substance Abuse Treatment


We realize that substance abuse can happen to anyone, and take a compassionate approach to individualized treatment. When feeling lost in an addiction, it is important to have a support system . That should include friends, family, and a doctor to help you on the road to recovery. Here at Awakenings KC, you can rest easier knowing you have the help you need with Dr. Maria Cristina Davila. Our team is here every step of the way. Dr. Davila and the Awakenings KC staff work diligently to get you to a better place through the following practices:

  • Withdrawal Management
  • Detox Management
  • Medication Management
  • Liver Enzyme Testing
  • Substance Abuse Education
  • Coping Skills
  • 12 Step Therapy
  • Crisis Safety Planning
  • Family Sessions
  • Treatment Planning

Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is a pattern where use of a drug in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods which are harmful to themselves or others, and is a form of substance-related disorder. Widely differing definitions of drug abuse are used in public health, medical and criminal justice contexts.


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Vivitrol Shot

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Studies show that opioid-dependent and alcohol-dependent patients who participated in counseling and took VIVITROL® (naltrexone for extended-release injectable suspension) after detox had better results. VIVITROL® is a shot given on a monthly basis.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Maria Cristina Davila to discuss Vivitrol treatment today.


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Suboxone

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Opiate dependence is an extremely common problem in our society that is difficult to overcome without professional help. Buprenorphine, also known as Suboxone and Subutex, is a prescription medication indicated for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence, available only by prescription from a specially-certified Suboxone doctor.

Schedule your appointment today with Dr. Maria Cristina Davila to discuss suboxone treatment today.


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Located at 5300 West 94th Terrace Suite 200

Prairie Village, Kansas 66207

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