Medication

Psychiatric Services

We practice evidence-based medicine and use medication as part of an approach to symptom control.

 

Our doctors use a conservative, evidence-based approach to medication management to supply long-term relief for patients suffering from a variety of mental health concerns, such as: ADHD, depression, bipolar disorder and anxiety.

Our doctors believe that psychotropic medication can be profoundly beneficial, and that the best outcomes are usually achieved by using medication to reduce distressing symptoms while helping individuals adapt to the unique challenges in their daily lives. Our team has developed a balanced and practical approach to medication management aimed at minimizing the dosage and number of medications necessary to achieve the desired outcome. Decisions about medication should be made after a careful and collaborative discussion between you and your prescribing provider. Prescription medications can be helpful as a stand-alone treatment, or in combination with other clinical interventions.

Our team believes that, in some cases, non-pharmacological interventions can work with medication to perfect outcome. Some of the approaches our team may recommend combining with medication are:

  • Psychotherapy, sometimes referred to as “talk therapy,” has been shown to be helpful for a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, stress, trauma recovery, substance abuse, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and ADHD. Psychotherapy may involve specific modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).
  • Behavioral medicine. This is an interdisciplinary approach to wellness that may include: psychotherapy, biofeedback, or TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy.

Everyone responds to treatment in their own unique way. In the case of psychiatric medication, recent scientific discoveries have led to a new understanding of how a person’s genes impact how their body and mind respond to medication. Pharmacogenetic analyses allow our psychiatrists to tailor treatment of the individual patient, an approach that has been shown to yield faster improvement with fewer side effects.