Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Turner Center for the Arts Celebrates 50 Years of the Presenter Series


With an office in Manhattan, psychiatrist Dr. Susan Turner offers individualized consulting for a wide range of psychological disorders and provides holistic care that incorporates traditional biological therapies and lifestyle changes. Active in contributing to Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Susan Turner also supports the Annette Howell Turner Center for the Arts in Valdosta, Georgia, which her family helped establish and fund.

In 2017, the Center is commemorating the Presenter Series’ 50th anniversary, which recognizes Lowndes/Valdosta Arts Commission Inc.’s longstanding efforts to bring major theater productions to the Valdosta community. Starting with 1967 events at the Mathis City Auditorium, the South Georgia organization presented a variety of musical acts and touring Broadway shows, including Fiddler on the Roof and Chicago.

For the 2017-18 season, the Turner Center for the Arts is organizing three highly regarded productions, including the original musical Amazing Grace and 50 Years of Rock & Roll by Neil Berg. Also being performed is A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, a comedy that received several Tony Awards, including 2014’s Best Musical recognition.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Connections Between Bipolar Disorder and Diabetes

Psychiatrist Susan Turner

As a privately practicing psychiatrist, Dr. Susan Turner maintains a sub-specialization in the treatment of co-morbid bipolar disorder and diabetes. Dr. Susan Turner understands the many interactions involved in the two conditions and is committed to creating effective treatment plans for each individual patient.

Compared to the average individual, patients with bipolar disorder are three times as likely to develop diabetes. Research has revealed that this dramatic increase stems largely from the fact that 54 to 68 percent of patients with bipolar disorder are obese or overweight. Obesity stands out as a contributing cause of metabolic syndrome, which raises a patient's risk of high blood glucose levels and in turn can lead to this development of diabetes.

Scientists have attributed this connection largely to the use of medications often prescribed to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder. Antipsychotic and anti-epileptic medications are particularly likely to lead to weight gain, especially if the patient takes an antipsychotic alongside a mood-stabilizing pharmaceutical.

Data has also revealed that patients with both bipolar disorder and diabetes respond less effectively to treatment for either disorder. These patients tend to struggle with more severe presentations of their mental illness and are more likely to experience cognitive changes, including psychosocial challenges and abnormal energy metabolism in the brain.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

APA’s Annual Meeting Attracts Psychiatrists from around the Globe


A New York-based psychiatrist with over 14 years of experience, Dr. Susan Turner treats patients as the owner of a private practice in New York City’s Flatiron District. Throughout her career, Dr. Susan Turner has maintained membership in the American Psychiatric Association

For nearly 175 years, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) has been holding an annual meeting as part of its efforts to educate the psychiatric community about the latest developments in the field. Today, the APA Annual Meeting brings together mental health professionals from throughout the United States and over 50 countries for five days of learning and networking activities. 

The next APA Annual Meeting will be held May 5-9, 2018, in New York City. In early December 2017, member registration will open for the event, which will feature a range of sessions focused on the cutting-edge science and therapies that are shaping psychiatry today. 

Attendees will have the opportunity to earn continuing medical education credits as they learn from world-renowned experts and discuss psychiatric trends with their peers. The 2018 APA Annual Meeting will also include an exhibit hall featuring the latest products and services for mental health professionals.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Children's Day Unit Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute

Dr. Susan Turner

Psychiatrist Dr. Susan Turner recently served as associate medical director at Columbia Psychiatric Associates. A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Susan Turner previously served as chief resident at New York State Psychiatric Institute.


New York State Psychiatric Institute has several different clinics to serve the needs of patients, including clinics that focus on children and adolescents. The program known as Children’s Day Unit provides outpatient services in the form of a day hospital for young people between the ages of 13 and 18 who need consistent and intense outpatient care. Some of the issues addressed include social phobias and refusal to attend school. 

Participants in the program continue their education by attending classes and earning school credits with the assistance of the New York City Board of Education. After discharge, they also have access to additional services, such as art therapy, individual and group counseling, and help with school placement.

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