What do they think is necessary to overcome those challenges?
Some patients are opposed to medications and I certainly understand that – we may talk about talk therapy or other treatment modalities, some symptoms are so severe and the patient is requesting a medication – to calm the waters down before they can engage in therapy.
We sometimes prescribe medications to calm the waters down until they can engage in different treatment modalities such as talk therapy.
The first step is getting to know our patient – that requires us to do a full psychiatric interview.
If the problems persists and they’re too uncomfortable, we talk about other things – such as maybe trying a diff class of medication or a diff medication within the same class.