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We begin with a one hour evaluation. Sometimes, medication alone can make a dramatic difference in the treatment of mood and cognitive disorders.

The most challenging aspect of using and managing psychiatric medications is that there are currently no blood tests which can be reliably used either to diagnose the need for medication or to decide which, if any, medication to choose. Your discussions with your physician and their clinical observations about you become the basis for choosing medication or psychotherapy.

Understand your choices

If your doctor recommends medication, the initial stages of treatment may require several trials of different medications in order to choose a treatment which is effective and causes no side effects.

Many of these medications can cause harmless, but annoying, side effects (dry-mouth, constipation, stomach upset, diarrhea or mild headache), which often subside after a few weeks. Regularly scheduled 20 to 30 minute follow-up visits with your doctor ensure that you have the best response with the least problems on your medication.

Will psychotherapy be helpful?

Psychotherapy can be either an alternative or adjunct to medication. If you and your doctor decide that psychotherapy might be helpful, our office will find you a psychotherapist who accepts your insurance as payment in full (a co-payment may be required).

FOR THOSE IMPACTED BY THE CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES

The Community Psychiatry team is dedicated to supporting you. Currently, all Community Psychiatry offices are open and we are available to provide mental health services via telemedicine and in-office visits. Our Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners can be reached after normal business hours, daily from 5:00pm to 9:00pm PST and weekends from 8:00am to 9:00pm PST, at 888-288-1611. Our answering service is available to direct and relay calls 24/7.