All of the above may be symptoms of anxiety. The only way to really know if you suffer from an anxiety disorder is to meet with a mental health provider. In your initial meeting, your provider will ask questions to help determine if you do suffer from anxiety or depression and then work with you to formulate a plan to help make your life better by reducing your symptoms if needed.
All of the above may be symptoms of depression. Again, the only way to really know if you suffer from depression is to meet with a mental health provider. Questions asked in the initial meeting will help your provider to determine whether you do have depression and then you can work together to formulate a plan to help with those feelings or symptoms.
No, unless you explicitly give your written consent to have us provide them with your information. What is discussed in therapy is confidential and private.
By law it is illegal for your provider or anyone else at PAC to disclose any information about you without your written consent except under a few, very specific circumstances (for ex: in cases of imminent risk of suicide).
This includes not disclosing information to partners, spouses, or parents (for individuals over 15 years of age) no matter who is paying for treatment.
Confidentiality and the limits to confidentiality will be explained to you in detail before you begin treatment so you can feel confident the information you discuss will be private.
You have the right to:
When it comes to your health information, you have certain rights.
This section explains your rights and some of our responsibilities to help you.
Get an electronic or paper copy of your medical record
Request confidential communications
Ask us to limit what we use or share
Get a list of those with whom we’ve shared information
Get a copy of this privacy notice
You can ask for a paper copy of this notice at any time, even if you have agreed to receive the notice electronically. We will provide you with a paper copy promptly.
Choose someone to act for you
File a complaint if you feel your rights are violated
You have some choices in the way that we use and share information as we:
For certain health information, you can tell us your choices about what we share.
If you have a clear preference for how we share your information in the situations described below, talk to us. Tell us what you want us to do, and we will follow your instructions.
In these cases, you have both the right and choice to tell us to:
If you are not able to tell us your preference, for example if you are unconscious, we may go ahead and share your information if we believe it is in your best interest. We may also share your information when needed to lessen a serious and imminent threat to health or safety.
In these cases we never share your information unless you give us written permission:
We may use and share your information as we:
How do we typically use or share your health information?
We typically use or share your health information in the following ways.
We can use your health information and share it with other professionals who are treating you.
Example: A doctor treating you for an injury asks another doctor about your overall health condition.
Run our organization
We can use and share your health information to run our practice, improve your care, and contact you when necessary.
Example: We use health information about you to manage your treatment and services.
Bill for your services
We can use and share your health information to bill and get payment from health plans or other entities.
Example: We give information about you to your health insurance plan so it will pay for your services.
We are allowed or required to share your information in other ways – usually in ways that contribute to the public good, such as public health and research. We have to meet many conditions in the law before we can share your information for these purposes. For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/index.html.
Help with public health and safety issues
We can share health information about you for certain situations such as:
We can use or share your information for health research.
Comply with the law
We will share information about you if state or federal laws require it, including with the Department of Health and Human Services if it wants to see that we’re complying with federal privacy law.
Respond to organ and tissue donation requests
We can share health information about you with organ procurement organizations.
Work with a medical examiner or funeral director
We can share health information with a coroner, medical examiner, or funeral director when an individual dies.
Address workers’ compensation, law enforcement, and other government requests
We can use or share health information about you:
Respond to lawsuits and legal actions
We can share health information about you in response to a court or administrative order, or in response to a subpoena.
For more information see: www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/understanding/consumers/noticepp.html.
We can change the terms of this notice, and the changes will apply to all information we have about you. The new notice will be available upon request, in our office, and on our web site. This notice is effective 11/28/2015.
Please call or email us today. We look forward to setting up your consultation
Portland Anxiety Clinic is here to support you during the CDC recommended social distancing period. We want to ensure you and your family are safe during this time while still having access to needed psychotherapeutic services. Portland Anxiety Clinic is proud to continue to offer our Intensive Outpatient Programming (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP) virtually.