If you have questions, or wish to discuss an appointment, please call staff at: (414) 877-1071
  1. Tips for Enjoying the Holiday Season

    Tired Holiday Shoppers Some may call this “the most wonderful time of the year”, but we know that the holiday season can actually be some of the most stressful months of the year. The busy nature of the season can lead to depression and overwhelming stress. Take some time to prepare for the next several weeks so you can enjoy the holidays rather than simply survive.

    Pressure for Perfect Holidays

    Holidays receive special attention in the media. The holiday scenes pictured on TV set extremely high standards and put pressure on Americans to live up to extravagant standards. These ads and commercials remind us of the things we “need”. Many people also feel stress as they anticipate the gatherings with extended family members and friends. It can be difficult to imagine spending time with certain people who press our buttons or let us down.

    How do you deal with added pressure and spending more time with others?

    Turn off the TV. Spend less time watching TV to avoid the extra pressure. Reflect. Take time during the holidays to stop and reflect on the blessings you have and the many reasons you should be thankful. Start new traditions. It is a great time to pick new traditions to start with family and loved ones. Traditions can be simple and often start spontaneously when you aren’t stressing over detailed plans.

    Food and Alcohol in Excess

    Many holiday celebrations center around tables of food and trays of alcoholic drinks. The added temptations can be a trigger for old habits or a trap for potential eating problems. Making a plan to handle food and alcohol temptation will help you avoid regret associated with overeating or drinking a little too much. Make a plan. Whether you stock up your pantry with healthy snacks, replace your holiday recipes with healthier versions, or add extra workouts, pick a plan that will work best for you. Set your priorities. Listing your priorities will remind you that the central focus of celebrations is spending time with others rather than tasting every treat.

    Demanding Schedule

    The holiday season often sneaks up on us and catches us unprepared. This leaves us feeling like we can’t quite catch up with the parties, baking, entertaining, shopping, and cleaning that needs to be done. Changing your attitude will help you stay relaxed even in the face of a full calendar. Stick to a budget.  Set limits for spending for each responsibility you have. Creating a budget ahead of time will help you keep things in perspective and avoid spending too much money. Reach out for help. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family members for help. Most will be happy to help, and it may give you a chance to work together. Consider professional help. There is no shame in looking for help from professionals. If you feel consistently sad or anxious, consider talking to a doctor or mental health specialist. For more information, read a little about us or contact one of our locations.
  2. Group Therapy

    American Behavioral Clinics Group TherapyDuring group therapy, patients meet in a small group with others who may relate to their current condition. Depending on the size and nature of the groups, the setup of group therapy will vary. Typically, groups may have as many as 12 people or as little as 4 people. Groups meet under the supervision of a therapist who guides the sessions. Depending on the group’s needs, our therapists will guide the questions and discussions to bring out the most productive group session.

    Advantages of group therapy

    Group therapy paired will individual therapy produces better clinical outcomes.  Group therapy instills hope. By meeting with others who can relate, or who also face life struggles, patients see they are not alone. In a group setting, patients may share stories or offer information to encourage and support one another. The power of relating to one another and encouraging one another often enables patients to make life changes. In addition, patients may experience that their guilt, stress or pain is lessened in the company of others who can empathize or have been through similar situations. Those in the group experiencing progress or recovery will model new behaviors for other group members; those members, in turn, may be encouraged and find hope.

    Group Therapy – Building a Support System

    Group therapy builds a support system. Groups may form based on a variety of conditions. Some of our groups have formed to assist patients through relational struggles, psychological disorders, family problems, grief and loss, body issues, stress and anxiety and more. In group therapy, you can benefit from others even during sessions when you say very little.  By carefully listening to others many people find that they have important things in common with other group members. This often leads to learning more about yourself.  Group members may also bring up issues that will strike a chord that you may not have been aware of in your own life. An important benefit of group therapy is the opportunity to receive feedback from other group members in a supportive environment. Group therapy provides a safe place to learn more about yourself and others. Current Specialized Groups At American Behavioral Clinics
    • Adolescent Group
    • Bipolar Disorder Group
    • Fibromyalgia Group
    • Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention Group

    Ready to take the first step? Call (414) 281-1677 to schedule an appointment with a therapist.

  3. American Behavioral Clinics Pharmacy Services Opening November 26, 2012!

    At American Behavioral Clinics, SC, we are continue to listen to our patients needs and provide innovative services to the Milwaukee community. That’s why we have partnered with Genoa Healthcare to provide a full service pharmacy at the American Behavioral Clinics Bluemound Clinic across from the Milwaukee County Zoo. This is a full service pharmacy that is dedicated to serving all the pharmaceutical needs of all American Behavioral Clinics patients and locations. Our Genoa pharmacy is able to fulfill all of American Behavioral Clinics patients’ medication needs on-site to ensure that they’re provided with the best possible behavioral health services around.American Behavioral Clinics Pharmacy   Our Pharmacy Provides These Services:
    • Convenient, on-site fulfillment
    • Expert consultation
    • Prior authorization assistance
    • After hour on-call service
    • Rx Delivery via mail (or courier coming soon)
    • Prescription transfers
    • Refill call program
    • Refill reminder calls
    • Refill delivery service
    We are very excited to Partner with Genoa HealthCare to provide a full service pharmacy for our patients.

    Opening November 26th, 2012

    Hours and Contact Information: Mon-Thurs 8:30-5:30, Fri 8:30-3 (Closed from 12:30-1 for lunch) Phone: (414) 244-9844 Fax: (414) 877-1104

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  4. The Doctor-Patient Relationship

    The Doctor-Patient Relationship

    A successful doctor-patient relationship starts with good communication and a partnership where both work toward the best outcome. With preparation, you can become an active partner in your health, making sure that you leave each appointment well informed and satisfied with the care received. Below are some tips you can use to prepare and participate fully during each doctor’s appointment. These research-based suggestions also apply to other healthcare professionals, including counselors, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare providers.

    Before the Visit

    Gather your information and identify key goals for your visit. It may help to make lists that cover important details: your goals for the visit, your symptoms and current medications.

    Make Lists

    Your Goals
    Are you going to the doctor to solve a problem? If so, be prepared to explain that to your physician. If you’re trying to make sure you’re up to date on screenings, immunizations or other health preventative procedures, be sure to outline those concerns. You’ll want to clearly convey this to the receptionist when making the appointment so that he/she can recommend more appointment time, if needed.
    Your Symptoms
    When describing your symptoms, try to anticipate the types of questions a doctor might ask to better prepare. For example, below are questions a doctor might ask:
    • How would you describe the symptom?
    • When did you start to feel this?
    • How long does it last?
    • What seems to bring it on?
    • Have there been any changes in your life that might have something to do with your symptom?
    • What have you tried to do, and has it helped?
    • Has anyone else in your family experienced this problem?
    For recurrent symptoms, you may want to consider keeping a journal noting to record the frequency of the condition, your diet and other factors occurring that might be affecting you.

    Don’t Be Afraid to Discuss Sensitive Issues

    Be prepared to be absolutely honest with the doctor about your lifestyle, including mental health, diet, sexual history, alcohol intake, smoking history, supplements taken, and other care received. Although it may be awkward at first, just remember that the doctor is collecting all of the information needed to help you become healthier. By discussing difficult issues, you’ll learn more about your health and your doctor will obtain the information he or she needs to help recommend the best treatment. If you feel you can’t talk with your doctor or your doctor doesn’t take your concerns seriously, don’t be afraid to seek out another one.

    Your Medications

    Make a list of all the medications you take. Your doctor may even ask you to bring them with you. Be sure to list all your prescription drugs. Write down any over-the-counter medicines, herbs, or supplements you take. Write down medicines you’ve stopped taking and the reason you or your doctor stopped them. For each drug, note:
    • The name of the drug
    • How often you take it
    • When you take the drug
    • The strength of the drug
    • What the drug is for
    • The last time you took it

    During the Visit

    Start the conversation by asking your doctor when the best time would be to discuss your concerns and indicate that you have prepared a list of symptoms and goals you’d like to review with him/her. This will enable your doctor to determine how much time he or she will need to spend on each issue and whether a separate appointment is needed to discuss all of your concerns. During the visit, it’s also important to ask questions until you feel you completely understand the information and terms your doctor is discussing. Some questions you might consider asking are: When tests, treatments, or other procedures are recommended:
    • What happens during this procedure and why is it necessary?
    • How long will it last?
    • Are there risks with this procedure?
    • How much will it cost and will my insurance cover it?
    • Are there any other treatment options available?
    When a diagnosis is made:
    • How is this condition treated or managed and how long will it last?
    • What long-term effects will the condition/illness/diagnosis have on me?
    When medications are prescribed:
    • When should I take this medicine and should it be taken with food or milk?
    • What potential side effects could there be?
    • Will it interact with other medications?
    • What if I miss a dose?
    • Is there a less-expensive, generic brand of the same drug available?
    When discussing your concerns, it may be helpful to repeat back what you heard and ask, “Is that correct?” This will help establish that you are correctly interpreting information and will clarify any confusion you might have with terms or instructions.

    Follow Up Appointments

    Note that chronic conditions should be managed in doctor visits over the length of the condition. It is important to follow up as instructed. In other circumstances, you will need to follow up in a way agreed upon by both you and your doctor. Remember, you have a right and a responsibility to ask as many questions as needed to make sure you understand your condition and treatment.

    Write Down Instructions

    Be sure to ask the doctor to write down any instructions concerning medication or treatment. Also, ask for materials about your condition, which can help further educate you about your treatment. It’s also a good practice for you to write down details during your visit. Many times, it is very helpful to bring family members, care-givers, and/or other advocates to the actual appointment.

    After the Visit

    Be consistent in following the doctor’s orders and take steps to maintain good health.
    • Fill your prescriptions consistently — Make sure you use your pharmacist as a resource. The pharmacist can clarify your doctor’s instructions and may offer additional information. Don’t be afraid to ask about your medication.
    • Take drugs as directed — For your medications to work, you should take them at the same time every day. Make it a habit.
    • Exercise — You’ve got to exercise to keep your body healthy. When you exercise you will:
      • Help your heart pump better
      • Get more energy
      • Look and feel your best
      • Reduce stress
      • Increase self-esteem
      Be sure to discuss with your doctor the appropriate fitness program for you before you get started.
    • Eat healthy — If you don’t have dietary restrictions, you don’t have to give up fried chicken or ice cream completely. Just be smart about how often and how much you eat. Try using the “80/20” rule. Eat healthy foods 80 percent of the time. Then you can indulge – in moderation – 20 percent of the time.
    Most importantly be sure to discuss your daily diet with your doctor to make sure you understand the foods that you may need to avoid, due to existing conditions.   Source: LifeSynch. a Humana company
  5. Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP)

    American Behavioral Clinics Intensive Outpatient Programs (IOP’s) provide a level of outpatient treatment that is more intensive than traditional weekly outpatient visits. IOP’s are small-group mental health programs meeting three or more hours several times a week. Each patient meets with his or her own doctor to develop an individualized treatment plan. While participating in the IOP patients meet with doctors, therapists and other mental health professionals applying evidence based treatment approaches.
    Traci Ellershaw, LCSW

    “Sometimes life’s problems or mental health issues become more intense. More intense problems or issues require more intensive treatment…”
    -Traci Ellershaw, LCSW

    The American Behavioral Clinics Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) is the right level of treatment for patients that are not progressing in traditional weekly outpatient treatment: but do not need to a higher level of care, like hospitalization. The American Behavioral Clinics IOP provides patient’s access to psychiatrists, therapists and other mental health professionals on a weekly & daily basis. The American Behavioral Clinics Intensive Outpatient Programs are often alternatives to hospitalization. This program allows patients to remain at home and often maintain a regular work or school schedule while engaging in a very intensive and comprehensive treatment program. American Behavioral Clinics have IOP’s for Mental Health and Substance Abuse issues. Participating patients will receive a minimum of 9+ hours of psychiatric services, medication management, group therapy, individual therapy, psychoeducation, case management, and mentoring services per week. TREATMENT GOALS The primary goal is to promote and support long-term recovery through the development of an on going plan for well-being. For More Information Please Call: The American Behavioral Clinics Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) at: (414) 982-3740
  6. Dr. James Winston Voted TOP PSYCHIATRIST in Milwaukee Magazine

    Every four years, Milwaukee Magazine, one of our city’s most popular publications, has doctors and nurses in the area complete a survey to identify Milwaukee’s TOP DOCTORS! So, when you are looking for a doctor or specialist in the Milwaukee area and want to know who has the top notch reputation of not only of patients but other doctors and nurses  – Milwaukee Magazines TOP DOCTORS issue is the place to start!  Dr. Winston said, “there is no greater honor than to be recognized by yours peers for doing good work…” Milwaukee Magazine publishes their TOP DOCTORS issue only every four years.  For the past 12-years, Dr. James Winston, MD the founder of American Behavioral Clinics has appeared in every issue! Dr. James Winston, MD has been practicing for over 30-years and is board certified in psychiatry & neurology. Dr. Winston is a Wisconsin native and a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Medical School.
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    James Winston, MD

    To schedule an appointment with Dr. Winston, to merely congratulate him or schedule an appointment with any of the providers at American Behavioral Clinic’s five locations, please call us at: 414-877-1071.
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