Medication Treatment Philosophy And Choices
There are a large range of medications, from which to choose, for treating mental health problems. These include, antidepressants, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medications, antipsychotics and medications for severe agitation and disorganized feelings, attention enhancing medications, medications to slow cognitive decline, medications to help promote sleep, improve sexual functioning, and others.
I have always taken a conservative approach to prescribing medication, and reserve this option only for conditions where the potential benefits of treatment clearly outweigh risks, and side effects. Some symptoms are so disabling, and persistent that they would pose serious negative consequences to patients, and their families, if left untreated. Likewise, psychotherapy often becomes more effective after severe behavioral, and emotional symptoms are relieved first with medication treatment.
As we continue to learn more about the ongoing safety, and proven effectiveness of currently approved medications, I also help patients and families to become informed about newer, safer, and more effective treatments. I will closely monitor your progress on your currently prescribed medications, and advise you about the need to continue, reduce, or stop medications.