Have you been diagnosed with anxiety or depression? Did a primary care provider prescribe a psychotropic medication to treat your symptoms? The frequency of primary care physicians prescribing inappropriately led the American Psychological Association to say, “Psychotropic drugs are valuable tools in treating many mental health disorders, but inappropriate prescribing can cause serious harm.”
If your prescription was written by a primary care physician, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with an Associated Behavioral Health Care (ABHC) psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner. We’ll ensure you actually need medication, and if you do, that the best meds for your situation are the ones you are using.
Finding the right medication for anxiety or depression or any mental health issue can often be a difficult and stressful process. Because individual responses to these drugs are so varied and unpredictable, making the right choice often takes time and patience. That’s why meeting with one of our specialists in mental health disorders could make a difference in your quality of life.
Is Medication Necessary?
This is another question our psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners look at. Clinical studies show that antidepressants are barely more effective than placebos, especially for mild depression.
Often other treatment plans for depression such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and light therapy are equally effective, if not more effective, at treating depression and anxiety.
CBT may also be an effective treatment for some individuals with ‘anxiety disorder.’ There are many herbal remedies as well, which may help manage mild anxiety.
For others, lifestyle changes produce remission of symptoms. Inclusion of omega-3 rich foods, exercise and meditation prove helpful.
We’ll explore your options carefully, so you gain a comprehensive perspective. Our goal is to ensure the information you have allows you to make the best informed decision possible.
We offer the following:
- Day and evening appointments
- Female/Male clinicians
- Preferred provider for most insurances
- Multiple payment options
- Four locations
*Please have your insurance card and credit card available to confirm the appointment.