Psychiatrist joins Canton-Potsdam Hospital
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 6:23 am

POTSDAM – Dr. Mariam H. Asar, a specialist in psychiatry, has joined Canton-Potsdam Hospital.

Asar will join the hospital’s Behavioral Health Services unit with outpatient psychiatric consultation services in the hospital’s 20 Cottage St. building. Asar plans to start late in October, pending receipt of her license to practice in New York State.

Asar’s practice will focus on the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders in adolescent and adult patients.

Asar received her medical degree from Dow Medical College of Karachi University, Pakistan. She completed a residency in pediatric care at Children’s Hospital of the Albany Medical Center, and a residency in adult psychiatry at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia. She is board certified in pediatrics, board eligible in psychiatry, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Her research interests include psychoanalysis, hypnosis, and cognitive behavioral therapy. Asar uses her rare spare time to lobby in support of the expansion of insurance coverage for children with psychiatric disorders.

Psychiatrists are general medicine physicians who have completed additional training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health diseases and conditions. These may range from clinical depression to schizophrenia, and can include learning disabilities, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and substance abuse diseases such as alcoholism. Psychiatrists use a variety of treatments for mental health disorders. These may include medication, behavior modification, group and individual counseling, or sometimes referral for surgery, depending on the type and stage of disease as well as the patient’s physical condition, family and community support services available to the patient, and other factors.

For more information, interested individuals may contact CPH Behavioral Health Services at 261-5405.