Dr. Steven Meek, MD
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Health & Wellness Include a Balance of Your Mental and Psychological Health
Mental health can be really complicated. Biological, sociological and psychological factors all play a key role in living a better life. Allure Health uses an integrated care system to collaborate with your primary care doctor in order to account for all of your risk factors and find the best treatment plan possible.
ADD, OCD, depression, sleep disorders, trauma, personality disorders, and all other mental health conditions are approached with the same level of empathy, and you will receive a treatment plan that gives recommendations on lifestyle improvements, counseling, and medications depending on your circumstances. Get back to feeling your best – no matter the severity.
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.
People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” Or they may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.
Psychiatrists use a variety of treatments – including various forms of psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions and other treatments (such as electroconvulsive therapy or ECT), depending on the needs of each patient.
Class of Medications that are common in Psychiatry
- 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.
We offer outpatient Ketamine Infusions!
How Ketamine Helps with Depression:
- Anhedonia (reduced interest in activities and pleasure)
Interestingly, studies from Yale research labs showed that the drug ketamine, which was widely used as anesthesia during surgeries, triggers glutamate production, which, in a complex, cascading series of events, prompts the brain to form new neural connections. This makes the brain more adaptable and able to create new pathways and gives patients the opportunity to develop more positive thoughts and behaviors. This was an effect that had not been seen before, even with traditional antidepressants.
There was a significant improvement in depression, anxiety, and the severity of illness after 2 weeks and 1 month of the last dose of ketamine. Significant improvement at 1 st h of the first dose was seen in depression and anxiety and not for illness severity.
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