Members who come to our clinic for treatment are sometimes referred for a specialized medication evaluation for certain conditions such as severe depression or anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, as well as others. Medications, combined with other therapeutic skills, can often make a substantial improvement in the quality of life.
Quite simply, psychotherapeutic medications can help make other kinds of treatment more effective. Someone who is too depressed to talk or has trouble focusing, for instance, can't get much benefit from psychotherapy or counseling; but often, the right medication will improve symptoms so that the person can respond better. Research has revealed a great deal more about the workings of the brain and how psycho-therapeutic medications can help relieve disorders such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and bipolar disorder. In fact, the right medication can make a truly substantial difference and improvement in your quality of life!
Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without clearing up the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling symptoms. Similar to many of the drugs used in medicine, they correct or compensate for some potential imbalance in the body. Psychotherapeutic medications do not cure mental illness, but they do lessen its burden. In many cases, these medications can help a person get on with life despite some continuing mental pain and difficulty coping with problems.
The exceptional psychiatrists who work in our department are committed to working with you to implement the right medication and course of treatment. They also work closely with your therapist or case manager to make sure that all of the various components of your treatment plan are working harmoniously. Our nursing staff is similarly available to help address questions you may have about your prescriptions, or any of your treatment concerns.