Clinical psychopharmacology refers to the study of drug-induced changes in behaviors, emotions, mood, and thinking. Psychopharmacological treatment may involve the use of one or more medications to treat the symptoms of depression.
What Is Psychopharmacology?
Psychopharmacology involves the analysis of different medications used to treat depression and other mental health disorders.
To understand the psychopharmacology of depression, a psychopharmacologist reviews what the body does to depression medication, and what this medication does to the body. With a review of the psychopharmacology of depression, a psychopharmacologist can understand how to help a patient get the best results from depression medication.
Psychopharmacology impact factor is also an important consideration. Since a psychopharmacologist wants to identify a safe, effective medication that can help a patient manage their depression symptoms, an in-depth approach to understand the full impact of psychopharmacology therapy is crucial. This approach requires a collaborative process that involves a psychopharmacologist and a patient, and the patient’s parents, primary care physician, and others.
How Is Psychopharmacology Treatment Initiated?
A psychopharmacologist meets with those involved in a patient’s treatment of depression. Potential risks, benefits, and alternative therapy options are explored before the initiation of a psychopharmacological treatment program.
The psychopharmacologist closely monitors a patient’s progress. Regular follow-up appointments are scheduled, and a patient’s vital signs are tracked. In addition, lab testing may be performed for further optimization of psychopharmacological treatment.
Psychopharmacology therapy is reevaluated and analyzed over time. This ensures a treatment plan can help a patient cope with depression symptoms. Ongoing psychopharmacological therapy evaluation and analysis also allows a psychopharmacologist to help a patient gradually reduce their reliance on depression medication.
Once a psychopharmacologist believes a patient no longer requires medication for depression, the patient is removed from a psychopharmacological treatment program. At this time, individual or group therapy may be used in combination with medication or used after medication is removed from this program.
At Achieve Medical Center, Dr. Shashita Inamdar provides psychopharmacological treatment. Dr. Inamdar has over 20 years of clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of various psychiatric disorders, and she can help a patient develop and initiate a psychopharmacological treatment plan. To learn more or to schedule a psychopharmacological treatment consultation, please contact us online, or call us today at (858) 427-5060.