Correct Use Of Medication Does Matter
Sometimes medication is an important part of treatment. If medication becomes necessary we appreciate the profound importance of accurate medical diagnosis before medical intervention.
We frequently do prescribe meds with difficulties such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Insomnia, and others. People are often referred directly to our psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Parker, directly by their primary care physicians, other medical specialists, friends, or associates, for a medication evaluation.
The Medication Team
Upon completion of his evaluation, Dr. Parker often refers patients to a therapist within our practice for continuing psychotherapy if he and they believe additional counseling is necessary and appropriate. At other times, our therapists may refer people to Dr. Parker for a medication evaluation if they perceive the use of medication as a necessary and useful as well – in combination with ongoing psychotherapy.
In all cases, when medication is warranted, our staff functions as a team. When permission is granted by the patient, patients are assured that their therapist and Dr. Parker communicate with each other to coordinate treatment. When Family Nurse Practitioners are involved in their care, appropriate communication also occurs between them, Dr. Parker, and the therapist, whenever permission is authorized by the patient.
More Than Meds
At PSA we offer far more than simple prescriptions and often meaningless, whimsical medication checks. We strongly believe that every medication should be checked in detail at every medication check, and that biomedical details [the way the body uses the medications] matter immensely. Far too many fail to grasp the important, absolutely essential, common-sense fact that medications must first pass through the body to get to the mind. Last time we checked the mind was indeed connected to the body.
Why not honor that fundamental biomedical connection from the very first visit to a psychiatrist? It’s good medicine.
We frequently see clients who have bounced around the mental health community for years, and quite often find that significant biomedical anomalies often interfere with the proper metabolism of those previous medication trials, making outcomes unpredictable. When we find problems with medications that don’t work after multiple trails we take the biomedical assessment further down the road, where the molecular and cellular physiologists live.
We provide comprehensive laboratory and neuroimaging assessments, and deplore the counterproductive dichotomy that exists between traditional medicine and functional medicine – especially when both have good science working in their respective corners.
Science, measurements, do matter – yes, even in psychiatry, as documented well in peer-reviewed journals. It takes considerably more effort, more training and more client participation, but the possibilities change when new laboratory data arrives at your doorstep. From immune system dysregulations, to hormones, to trace elements and toxic heavy metals, they all effect brain function and the rapidly growing field of neuroscience is loaded with references regarding these details.
At PSA we focus not only on the synaptic events, but presynaptic, extra synaptic, and even consider the vagaries of glial cell immune dysregulations. Often we augment traditional treatment strategies based upon good evidence in an effort to assist ordinary psych medications to do what they are expected to do. Said another way… if there are no neurotransmitters at the synapse, then the psych meds have little hope of accomplishing anything – as they are designed to only collect neurotransmitters, not to grow them on a cellular level.
The Medical Team
Our psychiatrist, Dr. Charles Parker, is a nationally recognized authority on psychotropic (psychiatric) medications. He has expertise developed from over 45 years experience in private practice and in using SPECT brain imaging techniques, as Co-founder and Chief Psychiatrist at the Amen Clinic in Reston, Virginia, near Washington, D.C. Under his supervision, our Family Nurse Practitioners help to manage our patients’ medications. His full CV can be downloaded here.
Dr Parker’s book, New ADHD Medication Rules – Brain Science & Common Sense is still a best seller at Amazon. For the last 10 years Dr Parker regularly posts updates at CorePsych.com on the latest biomedical challenges that often spell the difference between treatment success and treatment failure. More recently he posts interviews with nationally acclaimed researchers and practitioners here at CoreBrain Journal.
For more than 50 video tutorials on his work, here: http://corepsych.com/youtube
For a free PDF White Paper describing how to arrive at Predictable Solution for the 10 Biggest Problems with ADHD Medications click This Link.
ADHD Medication Rules Video Summary: 1.31 min