Robert Blaik, DO, MPH, PhD
Physician / Board Certified Psychiatrist
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
American Medical Association
("DO with MD Boards")
Former Medical Faculty
Walter Reed Army Medical Center
(Major, U.S. Army Medical Corps)
& Dartmouth Medical School
Maine General Psychiatry, LLC is an Outpatient Medical Psychiatry Practice located in Portland, Maine and offers Evaluation, Psychotherapy, Medication, Addiction and Dual Diagnosis Services to people of all ages – children, adolescents, college-age, adult and geriatric. Such Services are offered for Developmental, Emotional, Addiction, Dual Diagnosis, and Cognitive (including degenerative) Problems in multiple Client Settings and in multiple Areas of Concern (see listing at right side of screen).
The philosophy of Maine General Psychiatry is that problems should be addressed, first, psychosocially, and that medication should be reserved, whenever possible, for situations in which “talking therapies” and environmental changes are insufficient. This is especially the case with children and adolescents.
This Practice is based upon the following six (6) ethical principles:
- Confidentiality: This Practice follows strict Federal and State HIPPA laws. No information is released to anyone without written “Informed Consent” from the Client, unless the individual is of imminent threat to life of self or others.
- Integrity: Dr. Blaik says “All of what he means” and “Means all of what he says.” The Client is free at any time to (hopefully, respectfully) approach Dr. Blaik when he/she/they feel that this is not occurring and to expect that his/her/their “head will not be bitten off.” Dr. Blaik promises responsibility and accountability not arrogance.
- Therapeutic Alliance: All treatment decisions involve communication between Dr. Blaik and client. More specifically, for any given clinical problem, Dr. Blaik recommends various treatment alternatives and explains the risks and benefits of each. The individual/couple/family considers, questions (and receives answers to questions) and, within such treatment alternatives, makes his/her/their decision.
- Compassion: When individuals are “Hurting” – at times to the point of despair and hopelessness – they deserve respect and empathy (putting oneself in someone else’s shoes) without being judged or criticized, while still being required to be responsible and accountable.
- Psychoeducation: People are not emotionally ill because they want to be, but rather because they don’t know how to be any other way (combination of genetics, interpersonal factors, and upbringing). They need to be exposed to practical and effective ways of coping with stress and loss, involving psychosocial and/or medication intervention(s).
- Integrated Treatment (“One-Stop Shopping”): All Clients who receive medication(s), whether for Substance Abuse and/or Primary Mood/Anxiety Disorders, will also receive “Talking Therapy.” (Dr. Blaik is one of the 10% of psychiatrists in the United States who still does Talking Therapy.) This avoids the situation of “split-treatment,” with two or three different Providers, which is always better for the Client.
Dr. Blaik has just received diplomate re-certification from the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Problem Areas of Concern
- Acting Out Problems (Oppositional/Defiant)
- Insomnia/Sleep Disorders
- ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
- Learning Disorders
- Dual Diagnosis
- Loss & Bereavement
- Anxiety (Generalized)
- Marital Problems
- OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Cognitive Loss
- PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder)
- Sexual Problems
- Developmental Delays
- Social Phobia
- Eating Disorders (Anorexia/Bulemia)