Do I really need treatment? I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you've faced, there's nothing wrong with seeking out extra support when you need it. Medication help stabilizes unsettling anxiety and depression which can in turn lead to successful goal achievements in therapy. Therapy is for people who have enough self-awareness to realize they need a helping hand, and that is something to be admired. You are taking responsibility by accepting where you're at in life and making a commitment to change the situation by seeking treatment. Therapists can provide a fresh perspective on a difficult problem or point you in the direction of a solution. The benefits you obtain from therapy depend on how well you use the process and put into practice what you learn. Treatment with medication and therapy provides long-lasting benefits and support, treating the depression and anxiety symptoms and giving you the tools you need to avoid triggers, re-direct damaging patterns, and overcome whatever challenges you face.
What about medication vs. psychotherapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. In addition to treating the symptoms with the medication, therapy can addresses the cause of our distress and the behavior patterns that curb our progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with Dr. Rao you can determine what's best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and therapy is the right course of action.
Do you take insurance, and how does that work?
To determine if you have mental health coverage through your insurance carrier, the first thing you should do is call them. Check your coverage carefully and make sure you understand their answers. Some helpful questions you can ask them:
- What are my mental health benefits?
- How many therapy sessions does my plan cover?
- How much does my insurance pay for an out-of-network provider?
- Is approval required from my primary care physician?
- What type of medicines are covered by your insurance?
Confidentiality is one of the most important components between a patient and psychiatrist. Successful treatment requires a high degree of trust with highly sensitive subject matter that is usually not discussed anywhere but in the psychiatrist's office. An “Informed Consent” can be signed by the patient to discuss the clinical matter with the interested party. You may want your psychiatrist to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team (your Physician, therapist ), but by law your psychiatrist cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission. However, state law and professional ethics require psychiatrist to maintain confidentiality except for the following situations:
* Suspected past or present abuse or neglect of children, adults, and elders to the authorities, including Child Protection and law enforcement, based on information provided by the patient or collateral sources.
* If the psychiatrist has reason to suspect the patient is seriously in danger of harming him/herself or has threated to harm another person.