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What Is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a medical specialty focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.

These include medication (psychopharmacology) and other treatments such as talk therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and others.

How are Medications Prescribed?

There is much thought that goes into medication selection for a patient. The psychiatrist will consider multiple factors including your history, medical background, prior responses to medication, potential side effects, and “good” effects that a particular medication could provide, based on your presentation and symptoms. Lighhouse Health Group takes a particular interest in psychopharmacology and stays very current on both classic and emerging research regarding medications. 

Following an evaluation, we recommend a pharmacologic (medication-based) treatment for you based on your discussion. The options for treatment will be discussed, as will the potential for positive effects, and potential side effects. The process is collaborative – both you and the doctor will explore options that could be best for you, and a treatment plan will be discussed so that you feel comfortable with the process.


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