In Psychiatry there are Psychiatrists who are physicians trained in psychiatry. They diagnose and prescribe medication; they rarely do counseling. There are Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners who are trained nurses at the master’s degree level who can also diagnose and prescribe at mid-level, meaning they practice independently under the supervision of a psychiatrist. There are Psychologists who are also physicians who can diagnose but do not prescribe medication and provide counseling and psychotherapy.
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Research shows that mental illnesses are common in the United States, affecting tens of millions of people each year.
Estimates suggest that only half of people with mental illnesses receive treatment.
Possible consequences of mental illnesses include suicide and disability.
Mental illnesses are common in the United States. Nearly one in five U.S. adults live with a mental illness (46.6 million in 2017).
Mental illnesses include many different conditions that vary in degree of severity, ranging from mild to moderate to severe.
At Mentisano, we understand the stresses and chaos mental illness can cause in your life. We will complete a very comprehensive evaluation to determine whether you are suffering from mental illness and whether medication is appropriate.
Mental health and well-being affect our daily lives. Psychotropic medications can be an important part of the tools available to help keep us well.
There are five major classes of legal psychotropic medications:
Because of some of the side effects with these medications, special monitoring is required by healthcare providers.
Should you be prescribed medications you will be asked to return for more visits until you are stabilized. Controlled substances such as stimulants and sedatives must be renewed every month.
THE 8 DIMENSIONS OF WELLNESS
At your first visit to Mentisano, you will be asked to fill out the 8 Dimensions of Wellness Assessment, along with other forms, which determines in what areas of your life you are satisfied and what areas require work.
You will then meet with our Health Coordinator; together you will create a plan to address your areas of dissatisfaction. You will be provided with specific community resources identified by Mentisano as being useful to your long-term satisfaction goals
You will also meet with a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who is qualified to evaluate your mental health and prescribe medication if necessary.
Our team is committed to working with you until your goals are met and your three-legged stool is strong and upright. See The 8 Dimensions of Wellness Model below.