What do the medications do and how can they help me?
Most of the psychiatric or psychological conditions that Dr. Jesalva sees are due to a biological “imbalance” in the brain. There is growing evidence in the scientific literature that supports this. Psychotropic medications help to restore these “imbalances” so that the individual can lead productive lives again.
Will I get “addicted” to these medications?
Dr. Jesalva believes in using the safest medications, with the least side effects that will relieve the most symptoms. If properly used, medications are very helpful without the potential for addiction.
I’m afraid of the side effects that come with these medications. How will I know if they are permanent?
Before medications are prescribed, Dr. Jesalva will take the time to explain to each patient the alternatives to treatment, their pros and cons as well as the common side effects that can be expected with each medication. He understands that this may be an intimidating experience for those who are unfamiliar with this process so he emphasizes education and open communication as part of treatment.
How long do I have to stay on medications?
This is usually difficult to answer since it really depends on a case-by-case basis. Some factors that influence length of medication treatment include duration of time that you have been ill, presence of a family history of mental illness, the degree of stress that you are under, the number of coping skills that you can utilize during this stressful period of your life and amount of social support that you have.