We approach each patient as another physician involved in their healthcare. Psychiatry is a medical specialty, just as cardiology and internal medicine are. As such, psychiatric diagnoses–from common ones like depression and anxiety disorders to those less prevalent like schizophrenia–require the same degree of attention as “medical” illnesses such as hypertension and diabetes do in diagnostic formulation and establishment of a treatment plan. After all, the brain is an organ, just as the heart and lungs are. There should be no shame associated with treating the brain, just as there isn’t with treating any other organ.
We care about the whole person. We treat marginalized people; we invest in our patients for the long term—not just for 34 treatments.
At Pasadena Neuropsychiatry, we believe psychiatry is as necessary for good health as any other medical specialty–it should not be categorized as an optional ‘add-on’ coverage and should be accessible to all who need it as was the intention of the federal mental health parity law of 2008. In addition to access, integration of care is another key component of our practice. With coordination of care with other treatment team members, such as primary care physicians and specialists, we strive to integrate psychiatry into a patient’s overall healthcare, with the goal of having a “continuum of care” as opposed to silos of care.
AN ACADEMIC HUB
As part of our commitment to integrated healthcare and advancing psychiatry as a medical practice, Pasadena Neuropsychiatry is now a learning facility. Third-year family medicine residents from PIH Downey Hospital will spend their four-week psychiatry/substance abuse clerkships at Pasadena Neuropsychiatry. They will have hands-on experience working with patients and expanding their knowledge of psychiatric conditions and effective treatments. We are confident that each resident in our program will have the opportunity to grow in their experience while providing excellent care to our patients.
ARTICLES & QUOTED MATERIALS
REDUCE THE STIGMA
It is important to reclaim ‘psychiatry’ and normalize it in the context of misused terms, from ‘mental illness’ to ‘behavioral health,’ with the latter suggesting volitional control over symptoms and diagnoses. The official name of the specialty, as certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties, is “Psychiatry,” a medical specialty, right there along with pediatrics and family medicine.
GOING BEYOND MEDICATIONS
While medications do have their place in psychiatry, they are not always the best treatment for certain people. Our interventional therapies, including BrainsWay dTMS™, are proven effective in treating conditions such as OCD and MMD. These FDA-approved TMS Pasadena interventions are noninvasive and often work when other treatment options fail, providing relief and addressing suicidal ideation.
This isn’t ‘my treatment plan.’ This is our treatment plan. The brain is indeed connected to the other organ systems in the body. The more patients understand about their health–from the role of genetics in disease risk to the mechanism of pharmacology with a given medication and the effectiveness of TMS Pasadena treatments, the stronger the partnership can become between a physician and a patient.
The best treatment for depression will depend on the patient’s history, along with the severity of the symptoms. In some cases, dTMS protocols such as SAINT TMS may be the best solution.