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Medicine 2017-08-24T23:34:25+00:00

Careful Assessment

People with mental health problems deserve the same quality of care as those with medical conditions. Our center has worked with research teams at Harvard, Duke, and UNC-Chapel Hill to develop tests that predict how people will respond to medications, and we’ll use that type of careful assessment to help you find the best fit in treatment.

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is the newest addition to our diagnostic tools. It can help identify better options when people don’t respond well to antidepressants. We began using genetic testing in 2013 and are encouraged by the rapid growth in research in this area.

Brain protection

Stress doesn’t damage the brain, but it can cause brain cells to shrink back. We give priority to treatments that help those cells to strengthen and form new connections so that people can think clearer, feel better, and handle stress more effectively.

Medicine is not the only thing that protects the brain. Healthy diets and aerobic exercise bring similar changes. The brain science behind those changes is called neuroprotection. Our medical director, Chris Aiken, contributed a chapter to the first textbook on that subject.

Medicine Options

People with mood disorders can expect a full recovery. Sometimes it takes the right mix of medications and lifestyle changes to bring that about.

Antidepressants are just one of the many treatment options for depression.  Read more about dopamine treatments, augmentation agents, and natural and lifestyle options in our treatment menu.

Depression is the most common face of bipolar disorder (unfortunately the manic ups are actually very rare). In the 1990’s there was only one effective option for bipolar depression: lithium. While that remains a very good choice for many people, we’re happy to see that over 20 treatments are now available. Read More on our treatment menu.

Anxiety is a complicated area where most medications that improve anxiety can also make it worse. Careful diagnosis is needed to find the right treatment. Read more about the full range of options for anxiety on our treatment menu.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) makes people worry about things being just right and doubt themselves endlessly. It is usually treated with antidepressants and behavior therapy, but there are many new options to explore in our OCD Treatment Menu.

We work with people to address the underlying cause of their sleep problems so they don’t get stuck on sleep medicines for life. Our treatment menu for insomnia includes medications, natural treatments, behavior therapies, and devices that help ease the brain into sleep.

Our full menu has options for ADHD, eating disorders, addictions, memory problems, psychosis as well as depression, bipolar, anxiety, and sleep.

“Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds.”

Andrew Solomon • The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

“Denouncing these medicines makes as much sense as denouncing the immorality of motor oil. Without them, sooner or later the bipolar brain will go bang.”

David Lovelace • Scattershot: My Bipolar Family

“There is no harm in taking medication as it is utilizing the wisdom God gives to doctors. But it is also your responsibility to build faith for healing while using medication.”

Paul Silway • Pastor

“Being bipolar can be an all-consuming challenge, requiring a lot of stamina and even more courage, so if you’re living with this illness and functioning at all, it’s something to be proud of, not ashamed of. They should issue medals along with the steady stream of medication.”

Carrie Fisher • Actor and Author