Medications


Medications   

Orange County, CA Medication Management
South Coast Psychiatry

Many of the illnesses we treat at South Coast Psychiatry are biologically based, and can be treated using a combination of both biological and psychological interventions.

Medications can be an integral part of addressing the biological component of some illnesses, which can then make it easier for the psychological interventions (eg. therapy) to have a positive effect in a patient's life.

While many patients can be helped with therapy alone, medications can be an important adjunct in helping people deal with their issues and move forward with their lives.

Our psychiatrists are trained in the latest psychopharmacological interventions, and use medications conservatively to help patients.

At South Coast Psychiatry, our doctors see patients both for medication management alone (as a consultant to other therapists who are treating the patient), as well as for combined therapy and medication management. If medications are indicated, your psychiatrist will review with you the rationale for recommending medications, as well as indications, anticipated benefits, side effects, alternatives, drug interactions, time course and other relevant information of any medication they prescribe.

Our doctors encourage their patients to ask questions about any medication(s) that may be prescribed to them in the course of treatment, and to look toward well-validated sources for additional information (see below for examples).


Important links for patients who are prescribed medications:

For additional information on particular medications that may be recommended to you, please visit:

http://www.webmd.com/drugs/index-drugs.aspx


For information specifically pertaining to Antidepressants:

http://www.webmd.com/depression/guide/depression-medication-options

For information about Antipsychotics/Mood stabilizers:

http://www.webmd.com/schizophrenia/guide/scizophrenia-medications

http://www.webmd.com/bipolar-disorder/guide/bipolar-disorder-medications


For information about medications used to treat Anxiety Disorders, OCD, and PTSD:

http://www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/medications-used-treat-mental-disorders-know-options


For information about medications used to treat ADHD:

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