At Foundations, it is our treatment philosophy that sets us apart from other mental health providers. We believe in the power of the individual to improve themselves. Yes, medications help many symptoms that you or loved ones may be suffering with. However, at Foundations, we focus not only on helping with symptoms, but also healing the mind. With depressive/anxious symptoms subsiding, your own internal power can make tremendous differences in your life. Let the staff at Foundations help you find your strength and a new and better path for your life!
HEALING YOUR HEART AND MIND ON A FOUNDATION OF CARE.
Accepting. Compassionate. Thoughtful.
“I don't know what I'd do without you. I feel so much better.”
— Paula B.
Depression is a disorder characterized by persistent low moods, lack of interest and loss of enjoyment in everyday activities, neurovegetative disturbance, and reduced energy. Depression often results in varying levels of increased social and work dysfunction. Depression disorders are common in people of all ages and are classified by the duration, severity and level of impact to a person’s functional impairment.
Anxiety is a normal part of life for almost everyone. However, if you have chronic anxiety or situational nervousness that is not appropriate to your current circumstances you may have an anxiety disorder. Anxiety Disorders affect more Americans than any other mental health disorder, and can cause emotional and physical symptoms. Thankfully they are usually effectively treated with medicine and therapy.
Bipolar Disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, is a mental health disorder that causes shifts in mood, energy, activity levels and your ability to function in day-to-day tasks. Bipolar Disorder can vary greatly in the severity of symptoms and is characterized by sudden changes in mood, or long periods of intense emotion. Proper diagnosis and treatment helps people with Bipolar Disorder live healthy, happy and productive lives.
Addiction is the habitual compulsion to engage in activities, or indulge in substances despite the devastating consequences on the individuals physical, emotional, mental and financial well being. Addiction offers a false refuge from the individuals pain and suffering and leads people down a self destructive and often deadly path. With proper recognition and treatment of the underlying issues many people turn their lives around and lead happy, healthy lives.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
Most people who go through traumatic events may have temporary difficulty adjusting and coping, but with time and good self-care, they usually get better. If the symptoms get worse, last for months or even years, and interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of persistent problems, such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. Some people never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms, but they can learn strategies to be successful.
"All healing is first a healing of the heart"
- Carl Townsend
DR. MICHAEL A. ANDERSON
"You are the expert on what is happening to you." This has been Dr. Anderson's belief for over 20 years as a board-certified psychiatrist. While in medical school in South Carolina and later in residency in Ohio, he began a life-long pursuit of helping each person "become a better version of themselves."
Using a combination of psychotherapy and medication when indicated, he has helped thousands of people enrich their lives. Recognizing the enormous hurdle of reaching out for help, he strives to make each person comfortable and feel "heard" from their very first appointment. His enthusiasm and empathetic personal style connects him to his patients, while his medical expertise helps him tailor specific care for each patient's needs.
Dr. Anderson is passionate about each person's mental health and explains his thought process so that they know he is actively listening and developing a personal care plan for them. He has worked in a variety of settings including both inpatient psychiatry and outpatient, and in medical research as well as has having numerous published articles in leading journals addressing topics such as ADHD, domestic violence, and military injury prevention.
Dr. Anderson's military background in both the Army as a soldier and later on as an Air Force psychiatrist also brings much needed expertise in helping with people with PTSD which is so prevalent today.
When not in the office, Dr. Anderson enjoys spending family time, fishing, growing bonsai trees and riding his motorcycle in Corpus Christi.