Mental health is fundamental to overall health and a primary influencer of quality of life. Throughout the lifespan, developmental and situational influences will inevitably strain an individual’s overall coping skills. Sometimes, struggles during a particularly challenging situation or developmental stage may uncover or trigger a diagnosable mental health condition. Many individuals will benefit from professional mental health help at some point in their life. Over the last two decades, both society and science have greatly evolved in the area of mental health treatment. Unwarranted stigmas have been removed as a barrier to seeking the proven treatments that can significantly improve quality of life. Efficacious and highly targeted medications and treatment modalities are available to enhance coping skills, preserve cherished relationships and enable individuals to realize their true potential.
Committed to Helping Individuals and Families Transform Their Lives
At Pandora’s House Psychiatry, we believe mental and emotional wellbeing are critical key elements that affect all outcomes in life. We’re not alone in this thinking. In his report, Mental Health: Culture, Race and Ethnicity, former U.S. Surgeon General, David Satcher, stated, “mental health is fundamental to overall health and productivity. It is the basis for successful contributions to family, community, and society. Throughout the lifespan, mental health is the wellspring of thinking and communication skills, learning, resilience, and self-esteem.” Today, more than ever, we realize the importance of supporting strong mental health and the benefits that can come from quality psychiatric care.
What You Can Expect From Psychiatric Care
Psychiatrists are medical doctors specialized in the treatment of mental health. They evaluate and treat physical and mental symptoms. Importantly, psychiatric treatment often includes the careful and strategic integration of other practicing professionals. These might include behavioral therapists, psychologists, internal medicine practitioners, and a varied list of specialized support providers. A psychiatrist is licensed to prescribe medication and is specially trained in psychopharmacology, the study of the use of medicines to treat mental disorders, including the evaluation of how drugs affect mood, thinking, sensations and behavior. Many times medication serves to support the patient as they transition through cognitive and/or behavioral therapy.
A psychiatric engagement will always begin with a thorough evaluation of the patient’s mental health and, where necessary, an official diagnosis, which can be critical to receiving appropriate care and insurance coverage. Individual treatment is highly situation-dependent and expertly designed for effective outputs. The psychiatrist remains in regular contact with the patient, closely monitoring the treatment plan, making any necessary adjustments as needed.
The menu on the right outlines some of the conditions we address at Pandora’s House Psychiatry, though this list is not exhaustive.
Our Goal is to Empower the Patient
At Pandora’s House Psychiatry, our goal is to empower our patients to work towards recovery and an improved quality of life. We get there together in a warm, safe and supporting atmosphere. Whether we are working on proposed lifestyle changes, the prescriptive management of a long-term mental health condition, a situation-dependent challenge or season of life, or a pre-or post-hospitalization transition, you can count on us to be a compassionate, informed partner in your journey to health. And, because we appreciate the fact that comprehensive care is often critical to successful psychiatric treatment, we fully vet all of our outside referrals. This way, we can confidently send our patients to adjunct care providers that mirror our ideals.
The Path to Better Mental Health
Effective psychiatric care can transition someone from simply surviving, to thriving. It can enhance relationships. It can save relationships. It can save lives. At Pandora’s House Psychiatry, our treatment plans are individualized to suit each patient’s needs. We integrate standard clinical treatments with medication management, therapeutic treatment referrals and close follow-up care. If you, or someone you love, is in need of psychiatric care, contact us today.
Anxiety can be debilitating. Clinical anxiety requiring treatment is when your normal set of anxieties and fears have become overwhelming.
Talk therapy or medication can alleviate anxieties that are impeding your personal growth and confidence. Short term therapy solutions include breaking down and analyzing these stresses to help you function comfortably in your personal and professional life. Long term therapy solutions create resilience through acceptance of your anxieties and strategies for combatting their affects.
Different anxiety disorders have their own distinct sets of symptoms. This means that each type of anxiety disorder also has its own treatment plan. But there are common types of treatment that are used.
- Psychotherapy – including cognitive behavioral therapy
- Medications – including anti-anxiety medications and antidepressants
- Complementary health approaches – including stress and relaxation techniques
Depression is a serious mental health condition that requires understanding and treatment.
Our depression treatment focuses not only on recovery from the current symptoms, but also look toward the future.
We can talk about whether you might benefit from therapy or a combination of talk therapy and medication.
Bipolar disorder causes dramatic highs and lows in a person’s mood, energy, and ability to think clearly. Bipolar Disorders are often misdiagnosed or diagnosed much later than the first presentation of symptoms and can be extremely debilitating.
Contact us for an iniital consultation to discuss possible symptoms and solutions.
Bipolar disorders we focus on include Bipolar I, Bipolar II, and Cyclothymic Disorder.
We provide treatment and strategies for managing symptoms of neurodevelopmental disorders.
Neurodevelopmental disorders we focus on include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Specific Learning Disorder, Motor Disorder, and Tourette’s Disorders.
Food becomes a detriment to individuals who develop forms of unhealthy interaction with what they eat. Only around ten percent of the nearly twenty-four million people who suffer from some type of eating disorder actually seek help.
Let us help you heal and overcome what can develop into a life threatening disease. Eating Disorders we focus on include Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder.
Disruptive and conduct disorders involve severe and longer-lasting behaviors than typical, short-lived episodes of defiance and disruption most of us experience.
Those suffering from these kinds of disorders might behave hyper aggressively in situations incongruous with their reaction and emotional levels.
These kind of mental health conditions focus outwardly and directly affect other people. Treatment involves focusing on thoughts, feelings, and reactionary behaviors. For children, treatment involves working with the parents on their own reactions to challenging behaviors.
We focus on oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, kleptomania, and pyromania.
These kind of disorders can cause people to lose touch with reality, often in the form of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior.
Although these disorders can cause frightening symptoms, they can be treated. Medication and customized therapy can help diminish symptoms.
We can help address and overcome the challenges presented by these types of disorders.
Somatic symptom and related disorders are characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms, such as pain or fatigue, that cause major emotional distress and problems functioning.
With people who have a somatic symptom or related disorder, medical tests often do not explain the person’s symptoms. Symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses and may last several years. Those who have a somatoform disorder are not faking their symptoms as the pain they feel is real; however, these symptoms are realted to pyschological factors rather than physical.
Treatment of substance abuse disorders including Suboxone treatment for opioid dependence.
Pharmacogenomic test that analyzes clinically genetic variations in your DNA which may inform the provider about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications.