Dr. Hugh Starks, MD

Child & Adolescent PsychiatryMaleAge 71

Dr. Starks
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

Regional Mental Health Center

1441 E 84th Pl Merrillville, IN 46410

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(219) 769-4005

Dr. Hugh Starks, MD is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist in Merrillville, IN. Dr. Starks has more experience with Psychotic Disorders than other specialists in his area. He is affiliated with Spencer Municipal Hospital. He is accepting new patients and has indicated that he accepts telehealth appointments. Be sure to call ahead with Dr. Starks to book an appointment.

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Frequently Treated by Dr. Starks

Based on treatment records, we have identified the following as areas of care that Dr. Starks treats more often than their peers. If you are unsure whether Dr. Starks treats other conditions, please contact the office at (219) 769-4005.

Psychotic Disorders

Psychotic disorders specialists diagnose and treat conditions that cause severe mental symptoms and disconnection from reality, such as schizophrenia, delusional disorder, and substance-induced psychosis.Compare with other Psychotic Disorders specialists.

Dr. Starks is experienced in the area of Psychotic Disorders. See the graph below to learn more about his experience.

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Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenia
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Dr. Starks' conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcohol-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Combination Drug Dependence
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Delusional Disorder
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Factitious Disorders
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Homicidal Ideation
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Amphetamine or Related Acting Sympathomimetic Abuse
  • Nondependent Antidepressant Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Personality Disorders
  • Phobia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychogenic Disorders (incl. Psychogenic Pain)
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Speech, Language and Learning Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tobacco Use Disorder

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Dr. Starks accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Choice Plus POS II
Anthem
National (BlueCard) PPO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO
Blue Preferred Plus POS
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield
HealthyBlue 2.0
HealthyBlue Advantage
Cigna
Cigna PPO
LocalPlus
Open Access Plus
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO

Dr. Starks' Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Starks

1.6

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This man is a complete narcissist & has no business being a psychiatrist. I was under his care at the Norfolk Regional Center several years ago & he took great joy in mentally & emotionally abusing me & his other patients- particularly the younger females. He's sadistic, cruel & has no empathy. I was even warned by nursing staff to beware & tread lightly. I was supposed to be a patient at that facility for 6-8 weeks and he kept me there for over 2 years, just because he could. He would intentionally antagonize me & keep me from visiting my children just to get a negative reaction, all the while smirking about it. He would then use that as an excuse to keep me there longer. In my personal opinion he is a monster. He in no way should be treating anyone, especially children. They will come out far worse for it! Avoid this quack at all costs!
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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HarleyDiva67 – Feb 20, 2021
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he's a storyteller not a doctor .. and definetly not a psychiatrist
What went well
  • Office environment
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Alex D Jacobsen – May 19, 2020
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Best psychiatrist around this area in my opinion cares about his patients listens and doesn't act like he's above us or that he's more of a human than we are a tree doesn't equal to him I would recommend him to anyone
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
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Dec 27, 2019
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Bounces you from one med to the next but never listens just switched your meds
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Dec 03, 2019
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He treats his psychology practice as his hobby of philosophy. I found out more about him being "the best psychiatrist " there is, about his vacations, his rental homes, his tenants who he talked to on his cell phone while in session with me and gave them free rent for Jan of 2019. He withheld my medication for 24 hours putting me in withdrawals. He acted like I knew nothing. Never asked about my mental health. Asked odd questions that had nothing to do with me or my mental health. Rude
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Cherokee, IA – Nov 16, 2018
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Rude and condescending
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 24, 2018
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I would never recommend this man to anyone. He is rude and arrogant.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
What could be improved
  • Long wait times
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Spencer, IA – Apr 27, 2016
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Dr. Hugh Starks, MD is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist in Merrillville, IN. Dr. Starks has more experience with Psychotic Disorders than other...Read more

Specialties

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Dr. Hugh Starks, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Hugh Starks, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Starks frequently treats Psychotic Disorders. See all practice areas where Dr. Starks specializes.

Where is Dr. Hugh Starks, MD's office located?

Dr. Starks' office is located at 1441 E 84th Pl, Merrillville, IN 46410. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

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Locations

Regional Mental Health Center

Regional Mental Health Center1441 E 84th Pl Merrillville, IN 46410
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Affiliated Hospitals

Dr. Starks is affiliated with the following hospital. Select the hospital below to learn more.

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Spencer Municipal Hospital

Spencer, IA

81% Patient Experience Rating, 12% higher than the national average