Psychiatry and Medication
Chemical imbalance describes the concept that mental illnesses result from deficiencies in certain brain chemicals called neurotransmitters—such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine—that are thought to play a role in regulating a person’s mood. When this natural chemical balance is askew, psychiatric medications are often used to restore it.
In addition to counseling and session-based therapy, we offer options for medically treating addiction and mental health disorders in adults, children, and adolescents.
We currently have staff available to screen, assess, and relieve the following:
- Addictions (opiate addiction using suboxone)
- Mood disorders
- ADD and ADHD
- Axis II disorders
- Other mental health conditions
Our psychopharmacology team work as an integral part of a multi-faceted team, which means your collaborative treatment can also include an individual therapist, a DBT– or addiction-recovery-focused group, a couples/family therapist, a program, and/or involvement in community activities inside or outside of our organization.
SEEING A NURSE OR DOCTOR
It can be overwhelming to consider taking medication to treat a mental health issue. We’ve compiled this starter list of questions that we encourage you to take to your first appointment and discuss with your practitioner. Our doctors and nurses are here to help and will answer these and any other questions you may have.
- How long after beginning medication will I start to feel better?
- What are the most common side effects of medications for depression and anxiety?
- Will the medication change my personality or make me feel numb?
- Can medication make me feel worse?
- Are these medications addictive?
- Will these medications interact with other medications I’m taking?
- Will I need to take medication for the rest of my life?
- What happens if I stop my medication?
- Are the medications expensive?