Achieve Medical Center is pleased to be able to offer comprehensive psychiatric treatment for a wide array of mental health diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, specific phobias, ADHD, and many others. Treatment starts with a comprehensive diagnostic examination to evaluate the presenting problem with attention to its physical, genetic, developmental, emotional, cognitive, and social components. At Achieve Medical Center we recognize that each patient has his or her own unique individual set of circumstances, and we utilize all of the diagnostic tools at our disposal in order to compile a complete and accurate diagnosis evaluation. These tools may include:
- Detailed diagnostic interview(s) with the patient and parent/significant other
- Review of medical history including medications, medical illnesses, and a comprehensive medical assessment when indicated (ie. lab work, EKG, EEG, MRI, etc.)
- Review of previous testing, evaluations, school/IEDP reports, medical and psychiatric records
- Pharmacogenomic testing for drug sensitivities, when indicated
- Coordination with primary care physicians, pediatricians, and therapists. All coordination conducted with full written consent
- Collaborative information from teachers, school, psychologist, and therapists
- Review, explanation, and discussion of all diagnoses
A Comprehensive Treatment Plan
Every individual is unique and has specific needs, challenges, and strengths that affect their diagnosis and treatment. Once a working diagnosis is established, a fully individualized and comprehensive treatment plan is established in collaboration with the patient or his/her family. The team members at Achieve Medical Center are specially trained in their area of expertise to integrate all relevant forms of therapy into our customized treatment plan which is designed in collaboration with the patient, their primary care physician, family, school and other medical providers.
We Closely Monitor
The treatment plan may involve a combination of individual psychotherapy, medication management, yoga, nutrition consult, working with a personal trainer, family meetings, group therapy, marital therapy, or play therapy for children as agreed on by the patient or his/her family member. In cases where medications are indicated, a psychopharmacology discussion is started between the prescriber and the patient. Clinical psychopharmacology refers to the study of drug-induced changes in behaviors, emotions, mood, and thinking. Psychopharmacological treatment may involve the use of one or more medications to treat the presenting symptoms.
A Combination of Treatment
All the potential risks, benefits, and alternative therapy options are explored before the initiation of a psychopharmacological treatment program. The physician will closely monitor a patient’s progress with scheduled regular follow-up appointments. In addition, lab testing may be performed for further optimization of psychopharmacological treatment. Psychopharmacology therapy is reevaluated and analyzed over time. This ensures a treatment plan can help a patient cope with depression symptoms. Ongoing psychopharmacological therapy evaluation and analysis also allows the physician to help a patient gradually reduce their reliance on medication if possible. Once a physician and patient agree that the no longer requires medication for depression, the patient is removed from a psychopharmacological treatment program. At this time, individual or group therapy may be used in combination with medication or used after medication is removed from this program.