Michael T. Ingram, MD
One might believe being a psychiatrist means only prescribing medication and following up every few weeks. Let me assure you, this is not my philosophy. In fact, I consider medication only a small part of your recovery. It is unrealistic and frankly overly simplistic to believe that our brain, as complex as it is, can be “recovered” with medication alone. For some mental disorders, medication is essential to recovery. But for most mental disorders, true recovery does not come from a pill alone, if at all. I think of medication as one part of a comprehensive treatment plan. I believe dysfunction in the brain, and therefore the mind, must be approached holistically by thoroughly investigating the biomedical and psychosocial factors that contribute to your health and wellbeing.
Many medical conditions can worsen or be the cause of mental suffering. Thyroid disease, anemia, autoimmune disease, head injury/concussion, infection, substance abuse, sleep apnea, medications, and vitamin deficiencies are some common examples of medical factors that will need to be investigated.
Psychosocial factors that commonly influence our overall health include our relationships (both with others and with ourselves), our financial security, our housing stability, our jobs, our academic experiences, trauma/abuse, and loss (e.g., losing a loved one, a job, a friend, or a home).
Your First Visit
The first visit will include a thorough diagnostic evaluation, a discussion of your goals, and formulation of a comprehensive treatment plan that will include a combination of any of the following: Pharmacotherapy (medication), Psychotherapy, Diagnostic Labs, and/or Neuroimaging studies. We will work together to set up followup visits based on your preferences and needs. Regardless, you will have 24/7 direct access to me whenever you need it!