People with mental health problems deserve the same quality of care as those with medical problems. 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 treatment.
Genetic testing 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.
Stress doesn’t damage the brain, but it can cause brain cells to shrink back. We look for treatments that strengthen brain cells and help them form new connections, allowing people to think clearer, feel better, and handle stress more effectively.
That process is called neuroprotection, and medication is not the only way for it to happen. Therapy and Lifestyle changes can strengthen the brain as well. Our center is involved in research in neuroprotection, and contributed a chapter to the first textbook on the subject.
Beyond Medication: TMS
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) uses magnetic fields to activate the parts of the brain involved in depression. It can work when antidepressants have not and is better tolerated than most medications.
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 Moreon 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 moreabout 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 menufor 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.”