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Behavioral Health

Because care for the mind is as important as care for the body.

In our complex world it is not surprising that some of us have issues with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, addiction and other behavioral ills that can make our lives much more difficult. Finding someone to help us takes acknowledging that we need help. Once you make that first step, Northern Medical Group’s Behavioral Health Division is here to support you every step of the way.

Applying advanced qualifications with effective evidence-based treatments

Heading the Behavioral Health Division is Dr. Varinder S. Rathore, who was born and raised in the Hudson Valley. He is double board-certified in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Psychiatry. Dr. Rathore completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Albany Medical Center and his Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship at Albert Einstein Medical Center where he was an Assistant Professor. He brings to his patients years of experience diagnosing and treating a broad array of psychiatric conditions including Major Depression, Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Bipolar Disorder and ADD/ADHD.

Understanding that addiction and psychiatric disorders can devastate lives

For those who face the challenges of addiction, it is comforting to know that we can offer intensive Addiction Psychiatry using evidence-based treatments with medications and talk therapy to provide the patient with “wrap-around” treatment. For opioid addiction we are able to prescribe Suboxone medication-assisted therapy which can blunt intoxication from opiates like heroin, morphine and oxycodone and help people make the transition back from a life of addiction to a normal, safe life. These and other world-class treatments are available while patients remain living at home. Expert care for MICA (Mentally Ill-Chemical Abuse) patients is provided in a compassionate and caring approach.

Our practice welcomes people of any race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and can serve both adults and adolescents.

Behavioral Health

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Related Conditions


ADHD is a disorder characterized by chronic inattention with or without hyperactivity. Common symptoms include but are not limited to trouble focusing and meeting deadlines, impulsivity, forgetfulness, and avoidance of tasks that require long periods of mental concentration.


Addiction is a complex condition of behavioral impulse, often manifesting as substance abuse, or an ability to stop engaging in behavior despite consequences or harm.

Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol Abuse, often called Alcoholism or Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) in severe cases, is a pattern of excessive and sometimes uncontrollable consumption of alcoholic beverages. Over time, this abuse can lead to liver disease.


Anxiety is a chronic mental health disorder characterized by excessive worry or fear, and can lead to panic attacks, sleep deprivation, obsessive behavior, and intrusive thoughts if not treated promptly. Some examples of anxiety disorders are post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), postpartum anxiety (PPA), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness marked by extreme variances in mood, or chronic depressive episodes followed and/or preceded by periods of energized behavior.


Clinical depression is a mood disorder characterized by chronic periods of sadness, loss of interest in previously-enjoyed activities, energy loss, detachment, and concentration. Sufferers often report a significant impairment of daily life.

Dual Diagnosis/MICA

A dual diagnosis is the existence of both a mental illness and a substance use disorder (SUB). Diagnosing and treating both of these issues together often requires a more specific medical treatment plan.

Obsessive Compulsive (OCD)

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder that manifests as repetitive compulsive behaviors, thoughts, or actions, or some combination of both obsessions and compulsions. These behaviors or thoughts take up at least an hour each day, and may interfere with daily life.

Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)

Oppositional defiant disorder

Sexual Abuse

Sexual abuse, or molestation, is a violative sexual behavior forced on one person by another.

Sexual Addiction

Sexual addiction is a compulsive behavior characterized by an uncontrollable urge to engage in sexual activity regardless of whether it may cause the sufferer physical or mental harm. Compulsive sexual behaviors may result in damage to relationships, lead to obsessive thoughts or fantasies, or otherwise interfere with daily life.

Sleep or Insomnia

Insomnia is a form of chronic sleep deprivation often caused by stress, disruption of daily life, anxiety or depression, illness, chronic pain, or poor sleeping habits.

Suicidal Ideation

Suicidal ideation or thoughts are thoughts of or plans made to commit suicide, usually in response to a chronic mental health disorder or traumatic event.

Trauma and PTSD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a mental health condition which may arise following a frightening, stressful, or life-threatening event, particularly one which triggers a “fight or flight” response, and continues long-term after the event has ended.

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