FAQs

FAQs About Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience

What type of care does Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience offer?

Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience offers comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, patient specific treatment plans, and medication management for adults (age 21 and above) with the following conditions:

  • Addiction: Alcohol Dependence
  • Addiction: Nicotine Dependence
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorders
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Panic Disorders
  • Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorders
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder or Manic-Depressive Disorders
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Delusional Disorders
  • Substance Induced Mood or Anxiety Disorders
  • Psychiatric Medication Management in Pregnancy
  • Postpartum Depressive Disorders
  • Women’s Mental Health
  • Schizophrenia

Do physicians at Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience treat addiction to narcotics, heroin, or pain medication?

No. Physicians at Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience do not offer services for addiction to narcotics, heroin and pain medication. We do not prescribe Suboxone or Methadone.

Does Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience offer psychiatric services for adolescents?

Unfortunately, Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience does not offer psychiatric services for children or adolescents. We only offer services for adults (age 21 and above).

Where is Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience located?

Our office is located at 120 E. Ogden Avenue in Hinsdale, IL on the south side of the street. We are just west of York road in the red brick building next to Dunkin Donuts. Our office is conveniently located on the first floor in suite 106 to the left of the elevator.

What is Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience hours of operation?

Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience is open Monday through Friday from 10 A.M. to 6 P.M. The office is closed from 1 -2  P.M. for lunch.

What Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience cancellation policy?

We kindly request you to give us a 24 hour notice for cancelling your appointment. No shows and appointments cancelled within 24 hours will be charged.

What should you do in case of an emergency?

If you are experiencing a medical or psychiatric emergency, please call 911 immediately or go to the hospital nearest to you.

What should you do if you are feeling suicidal?

If you are experiencing a crisis, please call 911 immediately, go to the hospital nearest to you, or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). For more information on the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, please visit their website at: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

Do Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience accept Walk-ins?

Unfortunately we do not accept walk-ins. All appointments are scheduled. Please call us to check for availability.

Is there free parking at Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience?

Yes, parking is free.  There is parking available at the front and back of the building as well as on the sides of the building.

Is Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately the front door does not have an automated entrance. However, if you need assistance with any doors, please ask a friend or family member to accompany you to your appointment.

Is my insurance accepted at Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience?

Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience is contracted with:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna
  • Coventry
  • Health Link
  • Humana
  • Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • PHCS
  • Preferred Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Health Care

Please contact the number at the back of your insurance card to verify that Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience is contracted with your insurance provider.  Also, we will request your insurance information (member ID, group number, etc.) prior to your appointment to verify that behavioral health is part of your coverage.

What if I do not have insurance but like to meet a consultant?

You still can get care at Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience. We accept self-pay patients. For self pay patients, we offer a 30% discount. The rate after the discount for an initial consultation is $180 (orig. $235) and for follow-ups $90 (orig. $168). We strongly encourage doing your own research and comparing our fee schedule to others in order to make an informed choice.   

Each patient’s treatment plan is customized and the physician can prepare a specific schedule as well as include the corresponding fees for each visit. Payment for each visit is due prior to seeing the doctor.

FAQs on Privacy and Confidentiality

What is HIPAA?

HIPAA means Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act that was passed by Congress in 1996.

HIPAA ensures health consumers has the following protection

  • Consumers can transfer or continue health insurance coverage when they change or lose jobs
  • Protection from health care fraud
  • HIPAA has set standards for securing health record and billing process

Does Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience Psychiatric Neuroscience Center meets HIPAA standards?

At Adroita Center for Clinical Psychiatric Neuroscience, we use ONC (Office of the National Coordinator), a certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) keeping system that meets the HIPAA Standards. You can access our patient portal through a secure HIPAA compliant website that is as simple and secure as online banking.

What does “Confidentiality” mean?

Maintaining confidentiality means that a physician may not disclose any medical information revealed by a patient without an authorized consent from the patient. A breach of confidentiality is considered when a disclosure is made to a third party, without patient consent or court order.

What is Informed Consent?

Informed consent is a process of communication between a patient and physician that results in the patient’s authorization or agreement to undergo a specific medical intervention. In psychiatry, the physician should discuss the following each time a medication changes, new medication is prescribed, or new type of treatment is given:

  • Explain the patient’s diagnosis.
  • The nature and purpose of a proposed treatment.
  • Explain the risks and benefits of a proposed treatment vs. alternative treatment vs. no treatment

FAQS about Mental Health Provider

What is a Medical License for a Physician?

Just graduating medical school or completing required training does not directly guarantee a license to a physician. Every physician must have a medical license to practice medicine in their state. Medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to practice medicine and each state has their own requirement. Verification of the status can be done by contacting the designated licensing board.

Who is a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are physicians with a physician of medicine (M.D.) degree or osteopathic (D.O.) degree who is specialized in the field of psychiatry. Psychiatrists are licensed as physicians to practice medicine by their respective states.

In the US, a psychiatrist is required to complete four years of special training in psychiatry and are well trained to manage mental health illnesses. Psychiatrists can prescribe medications. After four years of training or residency, some psychiatrists continue to pursue further training in sub-specialties of psychiatry such as addiction psychiatry, child psychiatry, and forensic psychiatry.

What is Psychopharmacology?

Psychopharmacology is the study of the use of medications in treating mental health illness or behavioral disorders. A person who specializes in clinical psychopharmacology is referred to as a clinical psychopharmacologist. Clinical psychopharmacologists have better understanding on certain scientific principles pertaining to what the body does to medication (pharmacokinetics) and what medication does to the body (pharmacodynamics).

What is the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists attend and graduate medical school and complete a four-year residency-training program. Psychologists do not attend medical school, they have a master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in psychology OR doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in clinical, educational, counseling, or research psychology. All states require license to practice clinical psychology. A psychologist can only provide psychological testing, evaluations and psychotherapy. They cannot prescribe medications.

Can a Primary Care Physician treat Mental Health Illness?

Yes. Primary care physicians are physicians with a doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree or osteopathic (D.O.) degree who is specialized in the internal medicine (general medicine). Even though by training they have limited exposure in the management of mental health problems, primary care physicians have the capacity to manage psychiatric illness and can prescribe psychiatric medication.

What is an American board certification? What is its significance?

In the United States, the medical specialty certification is a voluntary process. Certification involves a rigorous process of testing and peer evaluation to demonstrate a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice.

The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. (ABPN) is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to serving the public interest and the professions of psychiatry and neurology by promoting excellence in practice through certification processes.

Can the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology issue more than one certificate?

Yes. Both psychiatry as well as neurology have various subspecialty training. In Psychiatry, the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc. issues the following subspecialty certification:

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Brain Injury Medicine
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry,
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine,
  • Pain Medicine,
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Sleep Medicine.

Can a physician’s American Board Certification expire?

Yes, a physician’s board certification can expire. Medicine is a very dynamic field, so new treatments and advances in science progress constantly. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology conduct exams every 10 years to keep physicians well prepared to meet the changes in science.

Verification of the board status can be done by contacting ABPN or American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) or going to www.certificationmatters.org.

Is Dr. Pandian Board Certified?

Yes, Dr. Pandian is double board certified in the specialty of psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. He is also certified by the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology as an Advanced Clinical Psychopharmacologist.