Vivienne M. Hayne, MD

Vivienne M.Hayne, MD.

Dr. Hayne focuses on treating mood and anxiety disorders, ADHD and eating disorders. Her practice encompasses concerns relating to many different developmental and medical issues, with attention to how those issues can affect a person and the person’s relationships and families. Dr. Hayne is committed to helping address how symptoms affect a person’s function in daily life and how to help a person make healthy and positive choices.

Dr. Hayne has a special interest in the adoption community. She also welcomes individuals with questions about the health and well being of their children or fam members, such as may arise with an individual who is caring for a child or elderly relative with major medical or psychiatric issues.

Many individuals request a consultation with a psychiatrist after having tried various medications prescribed by another practitioner. Many other patients are referred for consultation by a therapist or friend. Where prior medication treatments have not been fully successful, or in any case where an individual has reservations about appropriate medication choices, Dr. Hayne can order genomic testing to help match medication with a particular individual’s metabolism and ability to process medication in the way suck medication is intended.

Obtaining an initial consultation is often a matter undertaken reluctantly. Dr. Hayne hopes you will feel welcome to address any concern of importance to you. Dr. Hayne welcomes individuals across a broad age spectrum, from concerns affecting teens (especially in cases of suspected eating disorders) to later life issues.

Her initial consultation is generally an hour long. In cases of individuals under 18, a meeting with a parent will also be scheduled. If a person wishes outside support at the first meeting, a family member, friend, or therapist is welcome to attend along with the patient. She would discuss with you her initial impressions and work with you to make a plan for future treatment if desired. As part of the consultation process, Dr. Hayne often recommends a medical examination by a practitioner of your choice, often with accompanying laboratory work up.  She may also recommend diagnostic testing by a consulting professional, especially in cases of previously untreated attention issues. You are encouraged to bring with you any medications you are currently taking, as well as any previous lab work or testing you feel may be helpful.

Further treatment may take the form of medication prescribed by Dr. Hayne, although the use of medication will be a topic for discussion and is not a given. In an appropriate case where you are interested, a course of psychotherapy may be recommended, and Dr. Hayne could refer you to a therapist. Other interventions might include genomic testing as discussed above, referral to another medical specialist (for example, an endocrinologist in cases of a suspected thyroid disorder), referral to a physical therapist, or referral to community resources such as a grief group.

Dr. Hayne was educated and trained at Tulane (BA 1975, JD 1978, MD 1993, Psychiatry Residency 1997) and is board certified in adult psychiatry. A member of the Louisiana Psychiatric Medical Association and the American Psychiatric Association, she has lectured and supervised students at Tulane’s medical school and law school. She also provides psychiatric services for residents of Eden House, which brokers wrap-around services for women who are victims of human trafficking, supervises and lectures Eden House interns and has lectured members of the federal bar on interviewing victims of trauma.