My name is Dr. Michael DiBiase, but most people call me Dr. Mike or Dr. D. I represent Psych and Seizures.
I am a PGY4 Resident Psychiatrist, which means I am in my final year of training before becoming a board certified psychiatrist. In addition, I am a trained psychologist, having worked for two years at the Epilepsy Foundation of Long Island. While there, I exclusively evaluated and counseled individuals with seizure disorders. I have presented research at both the Psychiatric Society of Virginia as well as the American Psychiatric Association.
These are my credentials.
But, most distinctive to this blog, I have epilepsy.
Most people who say, “I understand,” in reality, cannot.
I can confidently say, I understand.
I understand what it is like to not be able to drive, to have a seizure in public, and to be labeled as “that person who has seizures.” If you are looking for a platform to discuss these issues, anxiety, or depression, you have found the right place.
My career goal is to provide a psychiatric outpatient practice geared specifically towards people with seizure disorders. I believe that I offer a unique skill set, as well as perspective, that others are unable to provide. Living with epilepsy since the age of 9 has given me tremendous insight into its accompanying baggage.
The goal of Psych and Seizures is three-fold:
1. Raise awareness of the significantly higher rate of mental illness in those with seizure disorders.
2. Provide a combination of medical insight and personal experience as a way to address everyday issues and improve quality of life.
3. Bring together a community of like-minded individuals to share ideas about issues that we are presented with as a result of our seizure disorders. The more varied the community, the better.