Psychopharmacology Specialist

South Texas Mental Health Associates

Psychiatrists located in Corpus Christi, TX

Medications are often a critical part of treating and managing mental health disorders. The psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates are highly experienced in psychopharmacology and carefully prescribe mood stabilizers, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, and other drugs to help regulate brain chemistry and mood so you can focus on therapy and managing your disorder. If you’re concerned about the medications you’re taking or have questions, call or schedule an appointment online today.

Psychopharmacology Q & A

What is psychopharmacology?

Psychopharmacology is the study of medicinal treatments for mental health disorders. It is a complex and constantly changing field of study. The psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at South Texas Mental Health Associates have studied psychopharmacology extensively and frequently attend training and conferences where they learn about new medications and studies about how medications work with the body and reduce symptoms associated with mental health disorders. Some of the key aspects include:

  • Protein-binding, which controls how much of the medication is available to and used by your body
  • Half-life, which indicates how long the medication stays in your body
  • Interactions with other drugs
  • Study of how certain drugs interact with polymorphic genes — genes that vary between people

How do the physicians know what medications to prescribe?

The team at South Texas Mental Health Associates have spent years studying psychopharmacology. In addition to their study during medical school, they continued a deeper study in their additional years of training to become psychiatrists, giving them a comprehensive understanding of medications designed for mental health disorders.

Your doctor considers many factors when prescribing a medication, including your symptoms, lifestyle, body composition, and other medications you are taking. Even with their extensive knowledge of psychopharmacology, they may need to adjust your prescription or dosage to optimize the effects.  

What role do drugs play in mental health treatment?

The team at South Texas Mental Health Associates use their knowledge of psychopharmacology to regulate your brain chemistry and alleviate your symptoms.

For example, if you are living with depression, there are a variety of medications that reduce symptoms in different ways including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), selective serotonin and norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs), and many other options. Your doctor chose the medication they feel will best address your symptoms with the least disruptive side effects.

Ultimately, your psychiatrist uses medications to control your symptoms so you can make the most of therapy and rehabilitation and rejoin your life. Medication is typically used in conjunction with other treatments. For example, when your brain chemistry is causing an emotional roller coaster, you won’t be able to focus on the issues you’re uncovering and addressing in therapy.

If you have questions or concerns about your mental health or the medications you are currently taking, call or schedule an appointment online today.