A psychologically-informed medication evaluation goes beyond simply making a diagnosis and offering a prescription.
Such evaluations employ a sophisticated understanding of your past experiences and unique psychology to help understand the role medications play in your life, what you hope to accomplish with them, and what they realistically can and cannot provide. This puts both the patient and the prescriber in a better position to make informed decisions about if medications might be helpful, what options might be a good fit, and specifically how those medications might be used to achieve your unique goals. We also go on to address how even the “right” medications could become psychologically and physiologically counterproductive in your particular circumstances.
Moreover, your relationship with the provider can have a larger biological impact on outcomes than the medications themselves. So, choosing a prescriber is not just about choosing someone who has a wealth of scientific knowledge, it is important to work with someone who takes a genuine interest in you as a person, seems to understand you and takes your concerns seriously, someone you feel you can trust, and someone whom you can develop a good working relationship with.
The art of weaving these factors into the art of prescribing is a unique discipline known as psychodynamic psychopharmacology. Dr. Collori is the only physician in the state of Hawaii trained in this discipline and was mentored by David Mintz, MD, the person that Mass. General has deemed the “world’s leading expert” at this time.
This method of evaluation is advantageous for anyone and may prevent situations of treatment resistance from arising. It can also be helpful in evaluating patients who have already struggled with repeated treatment failures or intolerable side effects.
Providers who refer patients for this service may request a detailed report of the evaluation that may help guide choices about future treatment.