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Psychopharmacology
Medication Management
Neurotransmitter
Testing
Lab Testing & Endocrinology
rEEG
Cognitive
Behavioral
Psychotherapies
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TREATMENT

The patientís wellbeing is the ultimate goal of the Newport Beach Wellbeing Institute and we relentlessly pursue it with various treatment options. We invite our patients to be active participants in their treatment plan and encourage them to let us know what degree of comfort they have related to the various treatment options. We believe that good teamwork between the patients and our staff significantly improves the outcome of the treatment.
When diagnosing our patients, we take the following into consideration:

  • Their diagnosis, development and prognosis with and without treatment

  • Life style changes and behavioral modifications that, with or without medication treatment, could improve the prognosis

  • Which medications are preferable to others and why, including potential side effects.


PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY/MEDICATION

Psychopharmacology is an exciting new science which studies how medications affect moods, thoughts, and feelings. Psychopharmacology focuses on characterizing drugs that affect thinking, feeling, and action. In addition, psychopharmacology places particular emphasis on those drugs that affect abnormalities in thought, affect, and behavior. Psychopharmacology is predominantly, but not exclusively, concerned with the classes of drugs that are of clinical significance in controlling four major categories of psychiatric disorder: anxiety, depression, mania, and schizophrenia. Psychiatric medications target the complex chemistry of neurons and neurotransmitters in the brain and central nervous system and help restore proper balance between them.

Psychiatric medications can help improve many of the most distressing symptoms of mental, emotional, and mood disorders. They can reduce the stress of living with chronic diseases and conditions, and they can improve the effectiveness of counseling and psychotherapy. Among their most beneficial effects are:

  • decreasing feelings of hopelessness, darkness, and apathy in depression

  • preventing relapse of depression

  • reducing cravings, anxiety, obsessions, compulsions, and phobias

  • preventing panic attacks

  • reducing hallucinations, delusions, inappropriate behaviors, and the voices that often accompany schizophrenia

  • calming impulsivity, hyperactivity, and mania

  • improving concentration, memory, and sleep

Selecting the right medication and the right dosage are complicated tasks, requiring that we take detailed medical histories from our patients and their families. We also must know about other medical conditions our patients may have, and about other medications they may be taking (including aspirin, alcohol, herbal supplements, and tobacco). We are also concerned about our patient's diet and daily life.

Psychiatric medications are most effective when we closely monitor our patients through a medication management program. Medication management works to ensure that symptoms improve and we adjust dosages or change prescriptions if side effects occur. There are several different types of medications available to treat the various mental disorders and these can be successfully used as part of an overall treatment plan to achieve long term change to the emotional well being of our clients.

Psychiatric medications generally are classified into categories that reflect the chemistry of how they work in the body (mechanisms of action) or the symptoms they help relieve. Many medications fall into more than one category. For example, the same medication might improve symptoms of both depression and anxiety. These are some major types of psychiatric medications:

  • antidepressant medications, which include tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

  • antianxiety medications (tranquilizers), which include barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and the atypical anxiolytic buspirone

  • antimanic medications (mood stabilizers)

  • anticonvulsant medications

  • antipsychotic medications (neuroleptics)

  • stimulants


NEUROTRANSMITTER TESTING

Many of todays most common health concerns are directly related to brain chemical (neurotransmitter) imbalances. The most frequently encountered neurotransmitter related symptoms are depression, appetite control, compulsive behaviors, fibromyalgia, pain, lowered ability to focus, sleep problems, anxiety, and neuro-endocrine problems.

New sophisticated equipment and tests are now available to evaluate neurotransmitter imbalances and laboratory analysis can now provide precise information on brain neurotransmitter deficiencies or overloads, as well as detect hormonal and nutrient imbalances, which influence neurotransmitter production. Individuals require individual solutions. Testing helps to determine exactly which neurotransmitter levels are out of balance and helps to determine which therapies are needed for an individualized treatment plan. It also helps in monitoring the effectiveness of an individual's treatment.


LAB TESTING & ENDOCRINOLGY

Laboratory tests are an essential part of the practice of modern medicine and can help determine a variety of contributing factors for mental and physical health issues. Laboratory testing is useful in supporting the diagnosis of psychiatric illnesses including alcohol & substance dependence, anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders, eating disorders, mood disorders and psychosis.

Endocrinology is the study of hormones. Your mood, thoughts, and behavior can be affected by your immune, endocrine, and nervous systems. Treatment focuses on correcting the biochemical imbalances to get the brain and body's chemistry back in balance. A variety of testing is available including, but not limited to, complete blood testing, glucose testing, hormone testing, adrenal stress tests, amino acid profiles, thyroid panels and vitamin analysis.


rEEG

Referenced-EEGģ, is a patented process using biomarkers which predict the effectiveness of drugs based on the unique electrical signature of each person's brain. Some call it "personalized medicine". rEEG technology allows a physician to assess the presence of individual neurophysiologic abnormalities and to guide subsequent psychiatric treatment and determine which central nervous system medications will be effective for a particular patient.


COGNITIVE

Emphasizes the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. CBT stresses the fact that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. Cognitive therapy probes for problematic thinking styles and attitudes that often contribute to unpleasant feelings and self-defeating behaviors. The therapy aims to help the patient recognize and reassess his patterns of negative thoughts and replace them with positive thoughts that more closely reflect reality. Cognitive procedures for handling depression involve both verbal and behavioral exercises.


BEHAVIORAL

Behavior therapy is an approach that focuses on identifying, monitoring, and altering a personís behavior in ways that decrease distress or life problems and increase psychological, social, and occupational functioning. In behavior therapy, there is a strong emphasis on defining problems in terms of actual, observable behaviors and on working collaboratively with a patient to help them understand the factors that influence his or her actions.


PSYCHOTHERAPIES

Psychotherapies encompass the full spectrum of therapies for children, adolescents and adults. Psychotherapy is a form of psychiatric treatment that involves therapeutic conversations and interactions between a therapist and an individual, a child or family. It can help people and families understand and resolve problems, modify behavior, and make positive changes in their lives. There are several types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques and interventions. A combination of different psychotherapy approaches may be helpful and a combination of medication with psychotherapy may be very effective. With psychotherapy, the patient will find themselves suddenly feeling clearer, saner, more hopeful, more decisive, more energetic, and their symptoms will clear up. Psychotherapy is not a quick fix or an easy answer. It is a complex and rich process that, over time, can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve a child, adolescent, or adult's functioning and quality of life.

Different types of psychotherapy:

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) helps improve a patientís moods, anxiety and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. CBT therapists teach patients that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can influence behavior. During CBT, a patient learns to identify harmful thought patterns. The therapist then helps the patient replace this thinking with thoughts that result in more appropriate feelings and behaviors. Research shows that CBT can be effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can be used to treat patients who have chronic suicidal feelings/thoughts, engage in intentionally self-harmful beaviors or have Borderline Personality Disorder. DBT emphasizes taking responsibility for one's problems and helps the person examine how they deal with conflict and intense negative emotions.

Family Therapy focuses on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. Family therapy sessions can include the child or adolescent along with parents, siblings, and grandparents. Couples therapy is a specific type of family therapy that focuses on a couple's communication and interactions (e.g. parents having marital problems).

Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy where there are multiple patients led by one or more therapists. It uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to increase understanding of mental illness and/or improve social skills. There are many different types of group therapy (e.g. psychodynamic, social skills, substance abuse, multi-family, parent support, etc.).

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a brief treatment specifically developed and tested for depression, but also used to treat a variety of other clinical conditions. IPT therapists focus on how interpersonal events affect an individual's emotional state. Individal difficutlies are framed in interpersonal terms, and then problematic relationships are addressed

Play Therapy involves the use of toys, blocks, dolls, puppets, drawings and games to help the child recognize, identify, and verbalize feelings. The doctor observes how the child uses play materials and identifies themes or patterns to understand the child's problems. Through a combination of talk and play the child has an opportunity to better understand and manage their conflicts, feelings, and behavior.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy emphasizes understanding the issues that motivate and influence a patients behavior, thoughts, and feelings. It can help identify typical behavior patterns, defenses, and responses to inner conflicts and struggles. Psychoanalysis is a specialized, more intensive form of psychodynamic psychotherapy which usually involved several sessions per week. Psychodynamic psychotherapies are based on the assumption that a patientís behavior and feelings will improve once the inner struggles are brought to light.