Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist in Los Angeles and Glendale CA
At Psychiatry Unplugged, our specialists can help you recover with certain medications. Contact us today! We have convenient locations to serve you in Los Angeles CA and Glendale CA. For more information, call us or book an appointment online.
Medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is a type of treatment that involves using a certain kind of medication in combination with therapy and other support services to reduce or manage symptoms associated with mental disorders. Medications can help people manage symptoms and improve their quality of life, and they can also reduce the risk of relapse of symptoms. There are many different drugs that can be used to treat mental disorders but in clinical trials, medications have been shown to be most effective when combined with therapies and support services.
Typical class of medications include:
Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.
Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.
Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.
Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.
Stimulants – used to treat ADHD.
Did you know that studies show medication plus psychotherapy works the best for most mental disorders? Medications all by themselves are also more effective than therapy alone. Knowing this, we at Psychiatry Unplugged practice these best-practice standards. If you choose to work with a therapist, we suggest you do this first for 2-4 months. If you do not experience a 50% or greater improvement in your functioning, then speaking to a psychiatrist would be most helpful. Again, we find if you do just one or two aspects of the biopsychosocial model, you are wasting time. We do advocate starting with a psychiatric evaluation first. That way, a diagnosis can be made that helps focus your work with a therapist. If medication is not recommended, we’ll tell you then. We don’t push pills.