Mark Vakkur, M.D., P.C.

I am a board-certified psychiatrist based in Atlanta, Georgia offering a wide array of treatment services, from medication management to psychotherapy with clients of all ages.
My primary areas of specialty are ADD/ADHD, PTSD, depression, and anxiety, but I treat all psychiatric disorders.

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*** Please note that I will no longer be accepting insurance with 3 exceptions: Medicare; Tricare; and Medicaid (existing patients only).
For complete details, please read this important practice policy update.

160 Clairemont Ave.
Suite 445
Decatur, GA 30030

Fax: 877-512-4854 * confidential efax number; no cover sheet necessary. *


Privacy Practices Notice: the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act requires that I provide you with a statement of my policies to protect your privacy.
Release of Information Form: complete this form if you want to authorize someone else, such as your primary care physician, to release information to me or use this form if you want to authorize me to speak with or release medical records to a third party. Without a signed release of information form on file, I cannot communicate anything about your care to a non-guardian third person, including scheduling times or administrative details.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy log: use this worksheet to help work through automatic negative thoughts.

Client and Patient Links  

Frequently asked questions about:

See below or click here for a more frequently updated page.

Free on-line depression screening tool.
: major depression and bipolar disorder (manic depression).

from a talk I gave for the Skyland Trail family program.

Additional Topics (also check out my alphabetical Psychiatric Topic Index)
Child Psychiatry
Human Behavior Tutorial:  an online tutorial I put together for the Emory School of Medicine Human Behavior course.
Medication information: is an excellent site where you can look up information by medication or condition, including links to professional monographs, articles, side effects, clinical trials, and much more.
Avoid websites put together by individuals sharing their horror stories since anecdotes are notoriously unreliable and needlessly frightening. Imagine if you never drove a car but went to a website put together by people who shared their worst experiences surviving car accidents. You would never drive even though most of us arrive safely at our destinations every time we get behind the wheel.
Please note that on principle, I take no money or gifts from pharmaceutical companies or their representatives.
Medscape  for (relatively) unbiased, research-based medical information. Also check out or National Institute of Mental Health.
For information and resources on addiction and recovery, visit or the American Society of Addiction Medicine who promote drug abuse prevention and treatment.

Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
Trauma in Children

How do I ...

Get More Sleep?
Get More Exercise?
Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet?
Get Organized (Simplify My Life)?
Swallow pills (for kids and their parents)?
Save Money?
Get a discount on your medications: check out before buying medication, especially if paying out of pocket. You will get a listing, sorted by price, of how much a given prescription will cost to be filled at all pharmacies near you.
Also, consider calling 1-800-444-4106: Together Rx Access
or order them from Canada.



Problems with insurance?

Call the Georgia Office of Commissioner of Insurance Consumer Services Division 404 656 2070


Concerned About Healthcare in America?

Get involved:

NAMI Georgia: National Alliance for the Mentally Ill : a great educational and advocacy resource.

- Visit Families USA: "a national nonprofit, non-partisan organization dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable health care for all Americans. Working at the national, state, and community levels, we have earned a national reputation as an effective voice for health care consumers for over 20 years." Sign up, get involved! It's your healthcare system.

- Visit the Carter Center's web site; they are doing some excellent work advocating for, among other things, parity in mental health coverage.

- Call, write, or email your elected officials to let them know where you stand. Be brief but persistent. They tally responses from constituents. They work for YOU!