At New Directions Counseling Services, we believe that, while there is not a “magic pill” that can eliminate emotional struggles, there are times that psychiatric medication can play an important role in helping to alleviate emotional pain and related symptoms. In fact, psychiatric medication can be essential in providing a jump start on the path towards recovering your psychological well being. The following question can help you to decide whether or not a psychiatric evaluation is needed:
Are you or someone close to you experiencing one or more of the following?
- Severe Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Obsessive thinking or compulsive behaviors
- Irritability and/or agitation
- Angry outbursts
- Mania (abnormally elevated mood and energy level)
- Suicidal thinking
- Psychosis (loss of contact with reality; delusions or hallucinations)
- ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
- Sleep disturbance
- An Eating Disorder
If you answered yes, then it is very likely that an evaluation with one of our psychiatric staff would be a positive step towards reducing your suffering or the suffering of your loved one. Our psychiatric staff is available to provide psychiatric services to children, teens and adults.
What can I expect if I schedule an appointment? When you meet with our psychiatrist, you can expect the following:
- A thorough diagnostic evaluation to specify the nature of your symptoms
- An emphasis on treating you- or your loved one- personally, as an individual who is suffering and not just as a group of symptoms or a disorder
- An emphasis on helping you or your loved one to understand the nature of the difficulties you are having
- Prescription of psychiatric medications in a strategic, compassionate manner that includes explanation of the likely course of treatment and of possible side effects of the medications being prescribed
- Encouragement and support in making positive changes in your life including coordination of care with your therapist at New Directions.
Psychiatric medication can be an integral part of care when you are struggling with painful symptoms. Some people are able to benefit fairly quickly, and only need medication for a period of 6 to 12 months. Others may need the long term support of psychiatric medications. Every situation, just like every person, is different and our psychiatrist takes the time necessary to determine the optimal treatment for what you or your loved one is going through.