How are medications developed?

You may have heard many different names for the same antidepressant. This can be confusing. All medications have a generic name. This is the scientific name assigned to the medication in the laboratory. Pharmaceutical companies also select a trade name for their new...

How do we know which treatments work?

Psychiatrists, along with other physicians, try to practice evidence-based medicine- to use the treatments supported by the best scientific research. The most convincing studies are double- blind and placebo-controlled. A placebo is a “fake” treatment, such as a pill...

Are psychiatric medications safe for children and teenagers?

No treatment is 100% safe and 100% free of side-effects. Even a sugar pill can be harmful to a person with Diabetes Mellitus. Counseling can bring up anxious, sad, or angry feelings that had been buried below the surface. The goal of treatment is to provide benefits...

How does a psychiatrist diagnose a psychiatric condition?

The most important part of a psychiatric evaluation is the interview with the patient. An adult patient can expect to spend approximately 45 to 90 minutes with the psychiatrist during the initial evaluation. Usually the patient fills out paperwork before the meeting....