With multiple forms of mental illness treatment, it is essential to seek a professional opinion on which method will be most effective for the patient. We can help you receive the mental health care you need to begin the path toward a healthier lifestyle by combining several methods into one treatment plan. Psychopharmacology is the study of how medications can help with mental and mood disorders by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain.
Psychopharmacology-based treatment is available at Wholehealth PLLC in Houston and the surrounding area. Our mental health professionals and psychiatrist prescribe medications as part of an integrated plan designed for each patient. We develop the right treatment plan based on each patient's medical history, symptoms, and needs.
With the right help, it is possible to alleviate many symptoms of mental disorders. Effective treatment can pave the way to the full, functional life you deserve. Call us at 832-831-3183 to make an appointment.
How Psychopharmacology Works
Most psychopharmacological compounds work by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain and affecting their quantity or rate of entry into the system. Regulating certain types of neurotransmitters can be an effective way to manage mood and focus. There are several commonly prescribed types of psychiatric medications:
- Mood stabilizers: These medications are typically used to regulate mood swings, which can be a symptom of bipolar disorder and other conditions. Lithium is a common mood stabilizer that can also help to treat depression. A professional may also prescribe anticonvulsants as mood stabilizers.
- Anti-Anxiety medicines: Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for generalized anxiety disorder. Some types of anxiety respond better to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. Patients may also take beta-blockers to help with physical symptoms of anxiety, such as trembling.
- Antipsychotics: These medications manage symptoms of psychosis, which is a symptom involving loss of touch with reality. It can occur as a result of extremely severe depression, schizophrenia, or other conditions. It is common to combine antipsychotics with other medications.
Medications can take some time to take effect. The National Alliance on Mental Illness notes, patients often need to try various dosages and combinations before they arrive at an optimal regimen. It is important to discuss side effects and other concerns with one's healthcare provider.
Psychopharmacology in Mental Health Treatment
Psychopharmacology is typically most effective when combined with psychotherapy or other treatment options. Psychiatric medication is not an instant fix for all symptoms. Its role is to create the right chemical balance that helps the brain and nervous system function optimally.
Psychotherapy can help people modify behavior and thought patterns that arise from mental disorders and disrupt function and wellbeing. However, many mental disorders involve chemical processes in the nervous system. A mental disorder can make it difficult or even impossible to complete the coping techniques one learns in therapy sessions.
In these cases, medication can help patients to handle their condition by helping to deal with or diminish the symptoms. However, the type of medication we recommend, and the dosage will vary per patient.
Using Medication in Mental Health Treatment
Medication plays a vital role in regulating brain chemistry that affects mood, impulse control, focus, and other functions. It is often necessary to enable the patient to function and handle their feelings more effectively. Psychopharmacology addresses the chemical causes of mental dysregulation. Mental disorders tend to be complex conditions that often do not have a single cause.
For instance, an article published by Harvard Medical School delves into the various roots of depression. These roots can include brain chemistry, genetic makeup, environment, and sometimes unrelated conditions like heart disease. Thus, psychopharmacology addresses a crucial aspect while we will recommend other possible treatment options.
Call Us Today
We can perform an evaluation and prescribe the right medication and dosage as part of a comprehensive mental health treatment plan. Psychopharmacology can give you the help you need to begin the path toward healing. Call us at 832-831-3183 to schedule a visit.
Frequently Asked Questions
What happens if the medication that was helping me stops working?
For a variety of reasons, formerly effective psychopharmacological medicine can become less effective. It is essential to schedule regular appointments with us so you can bring up any changes in your condition. We can then consider altering the type of medication or dosage to the patient's needs.
Are there any activities I should avoid when taking psychopharmacological medication?
The answer depends on the type of medication you are taking. Other relevant factors include medical history, additional medicines, and lifestyle. We can offer detailed information about potential side effects for a specific medication with you before prescribing it.
Is it okay to stop taking my psychopharmacology prescription if I no longer have symptoms?
An effective treatment plan can lead to substantial improvements in wellbeing. However, in many cases, symptoms return when a patient stops taking medications. Call and speak with us during an appointment about stopping medication use in a treatment plan. We will need to evaluate your health, considering the effects it may have on your condition.
Is it safe to keep taking my medicine during pregnancy?
Some psychopharmacological compounds can be harmful during pregnancy. In many cases, a doctor can come up with alternative methods of managing mental illness safely during this time. It is crucial to speak with us before taking any steps.
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