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Psychiatry Services at EMH

EMH offers an interdisciplinary model of care, which includes a collaborative team approach with other EMH providers, such a clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists, and the staff at our partner facilities. EMH psychiatrists utilize neuropsychological evaluations and clinical psychology reports to formulate a comprehensive plan of care.

When is psychiatry needed?”

Psychiatrists prescribe a variety of treatments – including, but not limited to, various forms of psychotherapy, medications, and psychosocial interventions, depending on the needs of each patient.

With regard to psychotropic medication, psychiatrists utilize them in much the same way that internists and other doctors might use medication(s) to treat high blood pressure or diabetes. Specifically, and after evaluating a patient, a psychiatrist may determine that psychotropic medication can assist in the remediation of mental health symptoms, e.g., depression, anxiety, irritability, psychosis. The process of finding the medication(s) that is/are effective may require weeks or months and the trial(s) of a single medications and/or combinations of medications. Our aim is to collaborate with you to identify an effective treatment approach that is tailored to you.

EMH psychiatry uses treatment approaches that adhere to gradual dose reduction (GDR) guidelines, which means we aim to reduce the dose of each medication and/or the number of medications that a patient takes. Patients who take medications over a longer duration of time will need to meet periodically with their psychiatrist to monitor the effectiveness of the medication and to determine if they are experiencing any potential side effects. Medication treatment approaches, which may be offered in combination with psychotherapy, can include:

  • Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders
  • Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder
  • Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep
  • Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia
  • Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder
  • Stimulants – used to treat ADHD

How does it work?

Mental health disorders are real, common, and often treatable. According to Mental Health America, it is estimated that approximately 1 in 5 American adults (nearly 44 million people) and 13-20% of children living in the United States will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in a given year.

For adults, the following are signs that your loved one may want to speak to a medical or mental health professional.

  • Confused thinking
  • Prolonged depression (sadness or irritability)
  • Feelings of extreme highs and lows
  • Excessive fears, worries and anxieties
  • Social withdrawal
  • Dramatic changes in eating or sleeping habits
  • Strong feelings of anger
  • Delusions or hallucinations
  • Growing inability to cope with daily problems and activities
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Denial of obvious problems
  • Numerous unexplained physical ailments
  • Substance abuse

For inquiries about EMH’s psychiatry services, please call our team at (310) 273-4843 ext.102 or write us at