“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible” – Christopher ReeveHaving depression is not a choice.  Suffering is.Everyone has fears of failing. But some let it stand in the way of success.You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible” – Christopher Reeve
Having depression is not a choice. Suffering is.
Everyone has fears of failing. But some let it stand in the way of success.
You cannot change what you don’t acknowledge

Irvine Psychiatrist

Can Tang, MD, MPH

Welcome and thank you for visiting Dr. Tang’s psychiatry website. He is a board certified psychiatrist in Irvine, Orange County, specializing in psychiatric treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.  He is a compassionate psychiatrist who will help you explore areas in your life that are unsatisfying and work with you to find practical ways to manage life’s struggles.   Living in Orange County can be stressful, Dr. Tang is dedicated to providing the best psychiatric treatment.  He is highly trained in the assessment and treatment of depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety.  If you are not sure whether you need psychiatric treatment or that you may be taking too much medication, his caring approach in explaining these issues will give you confidence in your decision.

Training in Psychiatry

Dr. Tang’s four years of formal psychiatric training in adult psychiatry was at the University of California, Irvine Residency Program.  In terms of his psychiatric treatment experience, he has treated patients  in a variety of psychiatric settings: 1) psychiatric inpatient hospitals, 2) long-term psychiatric care facilities, 3) outpatient clinics, 4) VA clinic, 5) County clinics, and 4) psychiatric urgent care facilities.  Having a diverse experience gives him a thorough understanding in choosing medications that are effective in psychiatric treatment.

Philosophy in Psychiatry

Dr. Tang believes the best approach is to be conservative when using psychiatric medications and to take the  least amount that will alleviate symptoms.  He is a psychopharmacologist who will help you choose the best medication for your situation.   Many of his patients are fearful that psychiatric medications will “mello me out” or take away their creativity.   Dr. Tang creates a comprehenisve care plan to address side effects.  He participates in advance psychopharmacology lectures and conferences in order to keep his patients informed of the best psychiatric treatment. He considers himself a person-oriented psychiatrist, not simply just problem or symptom-oriented. In his care patients are not rushed.  He always makes time to answer questions and address any concerns. He believes in being non-judgmental and open-minded.

Board Certified Psychiatrist

Dr. Tang is a board certified psychiatrist. According to the American Board of Medical Specialties:  “Medical specialty certification in the United States is a voluntary process. While medical licensure sets the minimum competency requirements to diagnose and treat patients, it is not specialty specific. Board certification—and the Gold Star—demonstrate a physician’s exceptional expertise in a particular specialty and/or subspecialty of medical practice. The Gold Star signals a board certified physician’s commitment and expertise in consistently achieving superior clinical outcomes in a responsive, patient-focused setting. Patients, physicians, healthcare providers, insurers and quality organizations look for the Gold Star as the best measure of a physician’s knowledge, experience and skills to provide quality healthcare within a given specialty.”

Insurance/ Fees

Dr. Tang is not on any insurance plan panel, including Medicare/Medical. Many of his patients have a PPO and can receive some insurance reimbursement.   Patients pay upfront and he provides a “superbill” which patients submit to the insurance company for reimbursement consideration. Many of his patients get reimbursed 30-60% of the office visits. Please check with your insurance company to see what their policy is on reimbursement.  By not participating on insurance panels, Dr. Tang is able to focus on quality care.  Dr. Tang is not a provider of any insurance plans because he believes they often interfere with patient care issues.  They may also share your personal psychiatric information.


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Can Tang, MD, MPH,
Board Certified Psychiatrist

9070 Irvine Center Drive, #105
Irvine, CA 92618

tel: (949)363-3325

Can Tang, MD, MPH, Board Certified Psychiatrist