When a person struggles with mental health issues or mental health disorders, it can sometimes be difficult to understand where to seek help and treatment, but an experienced psychopharmacologist in Lowell can provide a holistic approach to managing mental illnesses.

Psychiatry and other counseling services are often the best first step a person can take in order to have better control over their mental health conditions and improve the quality of their life.

It can be used to treat a wide range of mental health disorders, including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorders, substance abuse issues, bipolar disorder, depression, and many other issues.

Psychiatry is often required when the patient—both children and adults—needs treatment that involves medication as well.

At Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health, our board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Ronald Lee, is capable of providing prescription medication and can offer medication management because of his expertise and deep knowledge of the human brain, chemicals, and side effects of medications.

What Does a Psychopharmacologist Do?

A psychopharmacologist is a medical doctor who specializes in mental health disorders and other mental health conditions. A professional who has spent years in education to understand how the brain and chemicals work together.

Therefore, psychiatrists can provide a type of therapy alongside medication management because they know how medications affect the body and mind and can help adjust prescriptions in case the side effects outweigh improvement to patients' lives.

Psychiatrists will often look at the behavioral patterns or changes in their patients to come up with medication choices and diagnoses.

Psychiatrists offer treatment for all types of mental health disorders and mental health conditions, such as more complex issues like depression anxiety disorders, and mood disorders like bipolar disorder. Treatment can look different for each person as it will depend on the family history, personal circumstances, and unique neurology of each patient.

Types of Psychology Services

It is often suggested to combine visiting a psychiatrist with other types of psychology services, such as seeing psychologists,  trying psychodynamic therapy, or psychotherapy.

Having a multi-pronged approach to your mental health treatment can end up being more effective as a holistic approach.

There is also a better chance that other underlying issues can be addressed, for example, anger management or grief counseling as these issues could be worsening a diagnosed mental illness.

Mental Health Disorders

Mental illness is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Many adults in the United States suffer from a mental illness or other condition that requires treatment. 

Some of the most common conditions are:

  • Anxiety disorders - anxiety can have a big impact on patients' lives and many patients have concerns about how anxiety affects their physical health as well. Anxiety and stress can be treated in adults and children by psychiatrists alongside helpful behavioral therapy as well.
  • Depression - depression, as well as combined anxiety disorders, can be debilitating and make life very difficult to live. Patients of all ages can be affected by depression and there may be underlying factors that require additional help, such as grief counseling which can be accompanied by psychodynamic therapy.
  • Substance abuse - many adults and adolescents in the United States struggle with substance abuse and addiction. Psychiatrists and psychologists can help with the treatment plan and also give counseling for family members and children of the patients since substance abuse affects everyone involved.

Even if you think that your mental health struggle is mild, it could be creating stress and anxiety that affect your life and relationship with family members. It is important to seek a mental health evaluation and diagnosis so that proper treatment from a therapist or psychiatrist, like Dr. Lee can be provided.

Mental Health Professionals

Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health's board-certified psychiatrist like Dr. Lee is qualified to provide mental health services. Psychiatrists are able to give a patient a diagnosis for their mental health challenges, prescribe medication, and offer therapy services as well.

Mental health professionals like Dr. Lee have their patients' well-being and mental wellness as the first priority.  New patients can be confident that their treatment will be provided with care, respect, and dedication.

Additional mental health and clinical psychology counseling services can be sought at the referral of your primary care physicians. This holistic approach can come with huge benefits for those suffering from disorders such as bipolar disorder, depression anxiety, and overwhelming stress or anxiety.

How to Get Started

Adults who want to improve their day-to-day life by seeking therapy or visiting a psychiatrist have access to excellent services available throughout Massachusetts and New England, including North Chelmsford and Lowell. Telepsychiatry is a great option for those who prefer a video visit instead of going to a doctor or hospital in person.

Telepsychiatrists are American board-certified and their counseling and psychotherapy services are just as effective. For new clients, an initial appointment will focus on family history and medical wellbeing so that the psychiatrist can understand what treatment options and medication may be the best choice.

Following upcoming appointments allow for close medication management and a further diagnosis if needed.

Dr. Lee provides psychiatry services with an emphasis on patient well-being and a dedication to helping each of them through medication and individual therapy. There are also psychiatrists in Massachusetts who may practice family or child psychotherapy and psychiatry.

It is always a good idea to check with your insurance provider about what services or portion of costs can be covered by them. To learn more about our telepsychiatry services, you may contact us at 617-841-3620 at Luminous Vitality Behavioral Health today!

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