When one is feeling down, depressed, or is experiencing any sort of mental health crisis, the easiest thing to do is take a pill to make the symptoms go away. While sometimes useful, medication is not the holy grail of problem solving. In fact, there is nothing more important than a comprehensive approach to mental health – one that doesn’t stop at the pharmacy. If you are relying solely on psychopharmacology — medications you’ve been prescribed to treat mental health disorders – know that there are many more options to supplement your mental health treatment plan. Here are seven factors that can affect your mental health treatment plan, and why you shouldn’t rely on psychopharmacology alone.
1. Traditional Talk Therapy
Traditional talk therapy is solution focused, goal directed, and can accommodate families, couples and children. Working with a trained professional who can help you map out tactics and techniques to overcome difficult situations, you will be encouraged to share your feelings, experiences and concerns. Your mental health professional can also help you come to terms with past events that continue to impact your thought processes and behaviors. Through traditional talk therapy, you and your therapist will work together to figure out how you got to the point where you needed help and will develop strategies to ensure your progress.
2. Medication Assisted Therapy for Addiction
When your mental health – and general well-being – are affected by drugs, alcohol or dangerous behaviors, medication assisted therapy for addiction (MATA) can help by providing an avenue by which sobriety and recovery maintenance are combined with intensive psychotherapy. Techniques that often accompany the psychotherapy include secure text message support, webcam follow-ups and housecalls, as well as medication assisted treatment to help with withdrawal symptoms from alcohol and opiates.
3. Sex Therapy
When sexual dysfunction is impacting your mental health – and the well-being and health of your intimate relationships – sex therapy can help. Whether sexual dysfunction is brought on by health issues – to include Low Testosterone for men or menopause for women – or from deeply rooted memories or trauma, or you want to broaden your sexual repertoire, sex therapy can provide a safe space to discuss the impact your sex life has on you as a person and a couple. Combined with medical treatment, sex therapy can help you and the one you care about overcome the stigma that arises from lack of intimacy.
4. Integrated Care
Rather than relying on psychopharmacology alone, seeking an integrated approach to your overall health and wellness can help uncover any health problems that could be contributing to your mood or mental health disorder. For example, weight gain or exhaustion may be due to a thyroid issue; chronic pain could be the result of allergies or Lyme disease. Until you know for sure if any underlying health issues are affecting your mental health, then you may want to reconsider seeking psychopharmacology as a sole treatment and opt for a comprehensive history and physical exam in addition to a psychiatric evaluation.
5. Private Home Detox
The stigma associated with addiction is one of the primary reasons people avoid seeking treatment. Whether you are a civic leader, celebrity or a person in the public eye, the last thing you want is to be judged on a health condition you are trying to manage. Don’t go at it alone; private home detox programs like Metro Medical Direct’s Manhattan Home Detox offer patients the anonymity they desire with the treatment they deserve and is perfect for the high-end client seeking privacy and convenience. Plus, telehealth options allow for counseling and medical management through the convenience of a secure, HIPAA compliant online portal.
6. Psychiatry Performance Coach
As you become more successful, it’s essential to surround yourself with trusted advisors who can help you make the right decisions and ensure you maintain a resilient mindset that allows you to separate reality from false narratives that may be used to frighten you or cause you to change your behaviors. A nurse practitioner performance coach is trained in psychiatry and physical health and can help you get to the roots of your problems through physiological changes, behavioral modification, changing sleep patterns, and examining intimate connections – even spirituality.
7. Staying Healthy
It may sound trite, but your health and well-being feed off your mental wellness, and vice versa. By eating well and staying active, limiting “vices” such as smoking, excessive alcohol, recreational drugs and dangerous or risky behaviors, you can enhance your mental well being. Stick to honest relationships and be honest with yourself. Get enough sleep and don’t be afraid to say “no” if “yes” will somehow lead to shame, guilt or frustration. Your health and well-being are your keys to leading a healthy, happy and successful life. Seek help when you can and rely on your common sense when you should.
Metro Medical Direct: A Unique Approach to Total Wellness
At Metro Medical Direct, Dr. Raymond Zakhari, a triple board-certified nurse practitioner, offers primary medical care and psychiatric house calls, combined with private health management in Manhattan. Since 2009, we have prided ourselves and are known for our convenient, compassionate, confidential, and comprehensive care, whether in our office, via telehealth, or home visits. Want to learn more? Request an appointment online, via text message, through our secure patient portal or by calling us directly at (917) 484-2709.