Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Dr. Allen Menkin - behavioral pediatrics

After returning from the Army, Dr. Allen Menkin resumed his residency and was allowed to start a program that drew on Hematology, Psychiatry and Pediatric Neurology. He started in the NYC public school system to develop in the field of behavioral medicine and learning disabilities. After completing his residency and pediatric internship at NYU/Bellevue hospital he went on to found Plaza Family Care Inc.

Menkin trained to both diagnose and treat neurological and mental health disorders. This means that he worked  with children who had disorders or problems that ranged from mildly disrupting to life-threatening. Often children, adolescents and their families are affected by the behavioral problems and they can lead to problems with development in many areas, from pediatric chronic illnesses to other disabling conditions. He has even worked with children that have behavioral disorders that include oppositional-defiant disorder, depression, conduct problems and anxiety disorders, as well as, Tourette syndrome, tics and other habit disorders.

As a developmental-behavioral pediatrician, Menkin has advanced specialty training in the behavioral, emotional, physical and social development of children. He worked with a team of qualified professional at Plaza Family Care to provide an in-depth perspective. Furthermore, a developmental pediatrician can suggest additional testing or other therapists or specialists that may help.

Dr. Allen Menkin believes that this results in a comprehensive evaluation with a plan of treatment that will allow children to make progress and clarify complex issues. The bottom line is that a pediatric specialist can be very beneficial for children who are struggling in almost any area.

Monday, 17 October 2016

Dr. Allen Menkin - Medical economics

Dr. Allen Menkin has a bachelor's degree from Drew University and a MS from Rutgers the State University. He then went on to obtain his MD from The Bowman Gray/Wake Forest University School of Medicine and his postgraduate training at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center. All of his schooling and experience has taught him a lot about medical or health economics, which has allowed him to become familiar with issues like effectiveness, efficiency, value and behavior in the healthcare industry.

As a health economist, Menkin studies the functioning of healthcare systems and health-affecting behaviors such as childhood violence. He was there to respond to the devastation caused by the Columbine High School shooting and many other shootings that ensued. Menkin wanted to help prevent more childhood violence and started the foundation called Stand Up For Children.

In health care, uncertainty is always present and impacts the health of patients. Plus, there is a knowledge gap that exists between the doctors and patients that creates a situation that puts the physician at an advantage. Menkin is hoping to bridge this gap with different health care initiatives and programs. He works with families to provide wellness and nutrition programs that predate current public health interests.

Dr. Allen Menkin believes that medical economics are important, especially in the healthcare industry where many externalities arise, from infectious diseases to pediatric care. That’s why he provides 24/7 physician availability at Plaza Family Care, for both adults and children for nearly a half century in Warren County.

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Successful People with Bipolar Disorder - Dr. Allen Menkin Agrees It Shouldn’t Hold You Back

Roughly 5.7 million people in the United States have bipolar disorder. Many of them go undiagnosed for years. With manic highs and extremely depressed lows, leading a normal life can be difficult. However, with appropriate treatment  it can be done.  Dr. Allen Menkin, who specialized in mental and behavioral disorders, has shown through his work that mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, and there is help if you seek it. Many people do, including a few you may recognize.

There are quite a few celebrities that have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. They certainly had their struggles at some point, but they decided to seek help. Take, for example, Demi Lovato. She felt extremely depressed at times and didn’t know how to handle what she was going through. She ended up dealing with it in harmful ways, landing her in rehab. Once she was diagnosed as bipolar, she was able to start treatment and leads an incredible life in control of her body.

Jean-Claude Van Damme was a similar case. He was diagnosed as rapid cycling bipolar and was able to be treated. Another example is Carrie Fischer who was diagnosed hypomanic. She refused to believe her doctor for some time, and she felt that it was entirely her decision whether or not to take her medication. Until she had a child. This changed her whole perspective, and now she faithfully takes her medication to keep her disorder balanced.

While there is no cure, the treatment for bipolar disorder can help people be in control of their brain and body by balancing the chemicals that lead to the manic and depressive states. While there is much more to it, as Dr. Allen Menkin could attest, it may be comforting to some to know that they are not alone. There are celebrities just like them!