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Welcome to SolsticeCT.com, the private practice website of Vatsal G. Thakkar, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist practicing in Westport, CT and an Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. Please click on a category below for more information.

Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
com-med-eval“Being an excellent psychiatrist means being an excellent physician and diagnostician. Throughout my career, I have diagnosed patients with thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, hydrocephalus (excess water pressure in the brain), sleep disorders like apnea and narcolepsy, and other conditions which can masquerade as psychiatric disorders. Every new patient that I see gets screened for many of these medical conditions to get a clear picture of what may be causing their psychiatric symptoms. When needed, additional tests or specialist referrals are ordered.”

Clinical Expertise
med-expGreater than 10,000 hours of experience in each of the following areas: Depression & Anxiety disorders, Adult ADHD, and Sleep Disorders.

“Having worked in clinical research on depression and ADHD helps you learn everything about a condition from the inside out—you learn how to treat it, how not to treat it, what types of therapy or supplements work for it and which don’t. In addition, since 2008 I have developed a subspecialty in sleep disorders–what started as a clinical interest grew to having referred over 100 patients for sleep studies with very relevant clinical results. My experience in screening patients for sleep dysfunction and sleep disorders, a greatly overlooked area in medicine and psychiatry, resulted in a front page op-Ed in the New York Times, “Diagnosing the Wrong Deficit

Genetic Testing
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—“For nearly a century, the practice of psychiatry was akin to hiking up a mountain in the dark.  Now we have a digital compass.”

The heart of psychiatry is solely through interview and observation, but this is changing with personalized medicine. A simple mouth swab used to collect a DNA sample can analyze over a dozen genes that provides a risk profile for psychiatric symptoms as well as likelihood of response to medications or supplements.  This testing is usually reserved for select patients with a history of unsuccessful treatment and insurance covers most of the cost.  For more information, please visit www.genomind.com. To see a presentation by Dr. Thakkar on genetic testing in psychiatry, please watch this Prezi.

Treatment Team Approach
treat-team-app“We cannot practice medicine in a vacuum. Top-quality treatment means that health care providers must communicate with each other to develop a 360-degree view of the patient. Regular communication with therapists, psychologists, internists and other specialists is essential to practice good psychiatry and I consult with other clinicians on a regular basis.”