PCPA Blog

Disclaimer: The posts on this blog are for informational purposes only and do not replace direct care from your mental health care provider. Contact your mental health care provider for specific questions or concerns about your own mental health. All posts are copyrighted, and the views expressed on this blog are representative of the opinions of Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates (PCPA) as an organization.

Agoraphobia After Quarantine

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, people with agoraphobia may notice that their symptoms worsen unexpectedly. Though some people with agoraphobia feel relief as the rest of the world stays at home more, others may feel significantly more anxious.

Why Choose an Online Therapist with an In-Person Location

Telehealth can trace its roots back to the invention of the telephone. At that point, people could call their doctors to get some medical advice. In recent decades, communication technology has advanced significantly, and telehealth has become more prominent as a result.

How Teletherapy Revolutionized Behavioral Health

Technology has fundamentally changed the way people shop, eat, and interact with one another. Perhaps it is no surprise that smartphones and widespread access to the internet have also revolutionized behavioral healthcare. Teletherapy is just one of the recent technological advancements in behavioral health, but it has the capacity to completely change the mental health industry for the better.

What to Expect in Your First Telepsych Appointment

The term “telepsych” refers to behavioral health services that patients access virtually. In general, there are two types of telepsych services: teletherapy and telepsychiatry. Some patients may only use one or the other, while some people use both types of telepsych.

How to Cope with Depression While Social Distancing

As the world faces a pandemic with the novel coronavirus COVID-19, municipalities everywhere are implementing social distancing guidelines and laws. In order to stop the spread of this virus, people are staying away from anyone who doesn’t live in the same home. While this is the socially responsible and safe thing to do, these social distancing measures can take a serious toll on your mental health.

"How Do I Know if I Have an Anxiety Problem?"

People often present to us wondering whether they may have an anxiety problem. Often they find themselves bogged down in their personal or professional lives with stress. Family members or loved ones may encourage them to seek help with anxiety.

Decoding the Data on Anti-Depressant Discontinuation

What percent of people coming off antidepressants really get a discontinuation syndrome? This question is hard to answer accurately.

Antidepressants: Balancing Trade-offs

In February, The Lancet-- a British medical journal-- published the largest study on antidepressants ever: Comparative Efficacy And Acceptability Of 21 Antidepressant Drugs For The Acute Treatment Of Adults With Major Depressive Disorder: A Systemative Review And Network Meta-Analysis. What did it find?

MONEY & MEDS

A recent investigation by Clinical Psychiatry News discovered that a month’s supply of Abilify costs $750 at CVS and $13.75 at HealthWarehouse. The narcolepsy medication Provigil costs $724 at Walmart and $35 at Costco. Insurance companies, pharmacies, and middlemen negotiate complicated deals among themselves that can lead to dramatic variation in medication costs. But a little bit of work navigating this system can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars on expensive medications.

Beef & Bipolar: New Data Suggests Surprising Link

In 2007, scientists at John Hopkins started asking inpatients at local psychiatric hospitals about their diets, to determine whether there were any links between specific foods and psychiatric disorders. After ten years of work, they found primarily a single, striking effect: people who eat dry cured meats (like beef jerky) were much more likely to develop bipolar mania.

To Supplement or Not to Supplement

Most modern antidepressants act on serotonin, one of the neurotransmitters in the brain. While depression is much more complicated than a simple "serotonin imbalance", increasing serotonin certainly seems to help in many cases of depression.

Genetic Testing for Antidepressants: Voices of Skepticism

Dozens of studies - usually conducted by the manufacturers - purport that they work. And countless excellent psychiatrists - again usually working for the manufacturers - have given their endorsements. But much of the field remains skeptical.

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