At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, we view medication as an important adjunct to therapy and other healing interventions, not as a “cure” in itself. Some people have biologically-based conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, which may require them to be on medication on an ongoing basis. Others go through periods or situations in their lives where taking medication for a time can help them cope. Medication can provide relief from overwhelming symptoms of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, and other mental illnesses and emotional challenges. It can also provide a “bridge” to help clients engage in psychotherapy more effectively.
We view the decision to take medication as a personal one and we encourage you to talk with your therapist about whether a psychiatric consultation could be helpful. Psychiatrists have more expertise in the effects, side-effects, and interactions of psychiatric medications than do general practitioners, and your therapist can help you to find a psychiatrist who is qualified to offer recommendations for your unique situation.
For more information about medication and working with a psychiatrist, please reach out via our contact page.