Psychiatrists and neurologists today do not always have the time or access to the latest research to keep up with the developments in the field of psychiatric medication. At the same time doctors are flooded with marketing material from pharmaceutical reps. As a result clients don't get the best pharmacological treatment and end up with a combination of drugs that interact in ways that actually make their mental health condition much worse. In addition, many psychiatric drugs actually cause a withdrawal phenomenon that can be debilitating if even a single dose is missed.
I will analyze your medication regimen and help you understand in detail how your psychiatric medications influence, mood, attention, sleep, perception and dependence/addiction. I will help you understand their biological mechanism of action and how they induce lasting changes in brain activity. I will make recommendations to optimize your medication regimen and if possible eliminate or titrate them if they are making your mental health worse. All discussion are completely confidential.
Training & Qualifications
I am a Neurophysiologist/Neuropharmacologist with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. As an Assistant Professor at UTSW medical center Psychiatry Department I taught Neuropharmacology to Psychiatry and Neurology MD residents. As a Tenured Professor my research specialized in memory and attentional systems and how they are influenced by dopamine neurotransmission. I was awarded an NIH career award and ~ $2M in NIH funded research on mechanisms of addiction, the role of circadian rhythms on bipolar disorder, and depression resilience and plasticity in the prefrontal cortex. I am a Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenge Explorations Awardee. I received a Young Investigator award from National Association for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD). 45 publications in top journals Cell, Science, Nature Neuroscience.
Availability & Preferences
Flexible. Email me your question to initiate the conversation. Emergencies OK.