IIAT Philosophy on Medication and Mental Health
Medications play a pivotal role in helping address mental health concerns. Studies show that when appropriately prescribed and combined with therapy, medication helps significantly improve outcomes.
IIAT has a board certified psychiatrist in the practice. Dr. Anand offers advice about and prescribes medications for various mental health conditions ranging from anxiety to anger problems, as well as problem drinking.
Dr. Anand is part of the team at IIAT that collaborates in order to best meet your needs. This includes talking with you and your therapist to ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to what medications you are being prescribed and why.
Given recent media publicity about prescription drug abuse along with increasing concerns about unsafe prescribing practices, our philosophy at IIAT will always be to ensure that you are prescribed the appropriate medications and that your response is carefully monitored on a regular basis. You will receive a full hour evaluation and a half hour medication management appointment.
Medications for Anxiety and Depression
Anxiety and Depressive Disorders can respond well to several medications. The most commonly prescribed are the SSRIs, SNRIs, and serotonin antagonists. Collectively, these classes of medications have provided symptomatic relief to millions for conditions such as panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and social anxiety disorder. The eventual choice of medication will always be the result of a careful discussion between you and Dr. Anand, in order to ensure the most favorable response. Everyone’s genetic make-up is different, so a medication that works well for one person may not work well for another.
When medications are prescribed appropriately, many people report significant improvements in symptoms such as worrying, depressed mood, restlessness, fatigue, as well as motivation/interest and zest for life. With the help of our prescribing psychiatrist, you can mutually decide how long you will need to remain on your medication.
Next are the benzodiazepines. These medications are only recommended for very short-term relief of extreme anxiety, never as a long-term treatment option. They require a specially written prescription because they are known to be addictive and have been overused and sometimes abused. Research indicates that many people have been inappropriately continued on these medications for years, and that they are now likely both physically as well as psychologically dependent on them. Unfortunately, they do nothing to improve the long-term outcome of chronic anxiety.
IIAT’s philosophy is to avoid prescribing benzodiazepines altogether. We believe in using the appropriate, non- addictive medications that have proven themselves for long-term treatment. If you happen to be on a benzodiazepine, Dr. Anand can work with you to slowly taper you off such a medication and find other options that are more appropriate for you in the long run.