People might have things backwards. Did you know, almost half of potential clients have tried some sort of drug, pill, pharmacological intervention, pharmacology, chemical treatment, or other type of medication prior to attempting psychotherapy? Despite the best person to talk to will always be your doctor about medication management, you should always keep in mind that medications typically are not permanent solutions. Some diagnosis's such as persons with bipolar or psychosis-based illnesses typically do best with a combination of chemical intervention AND psychotherapy, however most other types of pathology typically believe that a single pill may be the answer that they are looking for. In some cases, some medications are more likely to keep things the way they are due to pharmacological numbing or the sedating effects of a lot of these medications. That's right, whether it be an illicit substance like heroin or a prescribed opioid medication, they typically suppress your central nervous system and hence make you less alert and potentially absorbent of new material and usually come with a slew of side effects. Pills often lead to more pills due to unpleasant side effects. These more popular side effects include insomnia, gastric reflex, and drowsiness. So while you might choose an antidepressant for your depression, you take a proton pump inhibitor for you acid reflex now, and powerful sedative to get you through the night. Remember that psychotherapy generally LEADS TO PERMANENT CHANGE. There are many reasons why people choose the medication avenue first however:
Legitimate: They can get their pill from a provider that they already know such as their primary doctor
Trust is huge when making any change in your life. It's understandable that you trust the doctor you have been seeing for years.
Illegitimate: At parties, they get to roll their eyes when gossiping about other people that have seen a therapist
Therapists have a bum reputation. Typically these stereotypes come from individuals who have never seen a therapist.
Legitimate: The patient decides they don't have time before their relationship or job suffers
Time is critical for some. Therapists get that. Also remember most practices can make an intake appointment within 24-72 hours.
Illegitimate: Client telling themselves they cannot afford therapy
Deductibles are high for some along with co-insurance. Some therapists will work with you on special rates like Change Talk LLC.
Legitimate: I can't take time off from work right now
Not many practitioners have late appointments like Change Talk. We can see some clients up until 8pm during the week.
Illegitimate: Thinking talk therapy get's people nowhere
Before jumping to that conclusion, find out those answers for yourself and read some of those articles that support our work.
If after several weeks of treatment you and your therapist decide that medication management would be beneficial to your treatment such as through stabilizing your unpleasant symptoms or pain management, we typically then will refer you to some of the most systemic professionals around Connecticut. Yes, we speak to these guys and gals on a regular basis and share notes with each other. Remember it's important to do your homework, not all therapists are created equal! Not to mention we screen our prescribers and meet with them regularly to make sure our referral is based off of knowledge and understanding of our clients being completely satisfied by their treatment through us and our partners.