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Psychopharmacology is the study of the use of medications in treating mental health disorders.

Along with psychotherapy (talk therapy), medicines help reduce symptoms and improve wellbeing. Types of medications prescribed for mental health disorders include one or a combination of the following:

  • Anti-anxiety medicines: the most common, called benzodiazepines, help reduce panic attacks, or extreme worry or fear
  • Antidepressants: certain classes affect different neurotransmitters in the brain, such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine
  • Anti-psychotics: help relieve symptoms of psychosis, or false interpretations of reality, such as hallucinations or delusions
  • Mood stabilizers: even out mood by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain
  • Stimulants: increase energy, attention, and alertness
Because mental illness treatment usually involves medication, the science of psychopharmacology helps us understand how a drug stays in the body, the length of time it impacts you, how it changes depending on a person’s genetic make-up, and how it interacts with other drugs.

 

Why Choose UHealth?

Psychiatrists with extensive neuropsychopharmacology expertise. Our psychiatrists have extensive and continuous training in neuroscience, mental health disorders, and psychopharmacology. You can rest assured your doctor will make the most informed decision to ensure you get the safest, most effective drug therapy for your specific condition.

Active clinical research into psychoactive drugs for mental illness. We have cutting-edge research labs dedicated to studying the safety and effectiveness of medicines for a variety of mental health conditions, including bipolar disorder, substance use disorders, and schizophrenia. We’re also looking at how age, gender, and co-exiting conditions, such as dementia and HIV/AIDS, may affect medicine therapy for mental illness.

Specialized care for women, kids, older adults, and patients with medical illness. We offer special psychiatry services related to women’s reproductive health, children and adolescents, older adults, and patients with complex medical illness, like cancer. You get expert care from providers who understand the biological effects mental health medicines have in all ages and stages.

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Who is a Candidate?


 

Children, adolescents, adults, and older adults can benefit from medicines designed to reduce the symptoms of mental health disorders. Medicines can help people with:

 

What to Expect


For the most effective treatment, medication is prescribed along with psychotherapy, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT).

Medicine side effects vary, but the most common include:

  • Changes in weight
  • Digestive issues
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Problems with sexual function
  • Rash
  • Trouble sleeping
It can take time to find the right medication at the right dose for your specific condition. Some conditions, such as schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders, have a higher risk for relapse. This means you may have to try a variety of combination therapies until you and your psychiatrist agree on the best treatment plan.

 

Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.

  • Aetna WC
  • Aetna Affiliates/Signature Adm (ASA)
  • Aetna Behavioral Health
  • Aetna Elect Choice (EPO)
  • Aetna Florida Healthy Kids
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicaid HMO
  • Aetna Medicare HMO
  • Aetna Medicare PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 1
  • Aetna UM Employee HMO 2
  • Aetna UM Employee POS HRA
  • Aetna/Coventry Institutes of Excellence (IOE)
  • Amerigroup Florida Healthy Kids
  • Amerigroup Medicaid HMO
  • Argus Vision
  • AvMed Choice
  • AvMed HMO/POS
  • AvMed MDC and JHS Groups
  • AvMed Medicare HMO
  • AXIS
  • BCBS Blue Options Network Blue PPO
  • BCBS BlueCare HealthOptions HMO
  • BCBS BlueChoice PPC/PPO
  • BCBS Miami Dade Blue PPO Limited Benefits Plan
  • BCBS of Florida (All products except "SELECT" Plans)
  • BCBS of Florida (Commercial plans exclude HIX Select)
  • BCBS Traditional PHS/PPO
  • Beacon Health (ValueOption)
  • Beech Street PPO
  • Broward Health Medical Center
  • CarePlus Medicare HMO
  • Catholic Hospice
  • CCP/CMS Title XIX (Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/CMS Title XXI (Non Medicaid Enrolled in South Florida)
  • CCP/MMA (Broward County residents)
  • Charlotte County Sheriffs Office PPO
  • Cigna Affiliates
  • Cigna Behavioral Health
  • Cigna Dental HMO/PPO
  • Cigna EPO
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Life Source (Intracorp is part of Cigna Lifesource)
  • Cigna MDCPS Jackson Sr. High
  • Cigna POS
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Shared Administration
  • Clear Health Alliance SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Concordia Behavioral Health
  • CorVel WC
  • Coventry First Health WC
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) HMO/POS
  • Coventry Health Care of Florida (HIP) PPO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) HMO
  • Coventry Health Plan of Florida (Foundation) POS
  • Coventry National PPO
  • Coventry Summit Medicare HMO
  • Coventry Vista Medicare HMO
  • Coventry First Health PPO
  • Delta Dental PPO
  • DentaQuest (ADI)
  • DIKLA
  • Dimension WC
  • Dimension Plus PPO
  • EHN PPO
  • EQUIAN (Health Systems International)
  • Europe Assistance/Global Corporate Solutions (Care Management Network)
  • eyeQuest
  • FCCI WC
  • Florida Healthcare Plan (Affiliate of BCBSFL)
  • Florida PACE (FPC)
  • Freedom Health Medicaid HMO
  • Freedom Health Medicare HMO
  • Gallagher Bassett WC (MDCPS & FCSRMC)
  • Global Excel Mgt PPO
  • Great West (Cigna) HMO/POS
  • Guardian Life PPO
  • HAA Preferred Partners
  • Health First Health HMO/POS
  • Health First Health Medicare HMO
  • Health First Health PPO
  • Health Net Veterans Choice HMO
  • Heritage Summit Healthcare WC
  • Humana Behavioral Health (LifeSynch)
  • Humana Dental/CompBenefits/OHS
  • Humana EPO
  • Humana HMO
  • Humana Medicaid HMO
  • Humana Medicare HMO
  • Humana National Transplant
  • Humana PPO
  • Humana Premier
  • iCare Health Solutions
  • Interlink Health Services
  • International Kids Fund (IKF)
  • League Medical Concepts Federal Inmates
  • Life Trac
  • Magellan Behavioral Health
  • Magellan Complete Care SNP Medicaid HMO
  • MDAbroad
  • Medica Medicare HMO
  • Medical Development In't (MDI)-Federal Inmates
  • Medicus
  • Metlife Dental PPO
  • MHNet Behavioral Network (MHNet)
  • Molina
  • Molina Market Place
  • Molina Medicaid HMO
  • Molina Medicare HMO
  • Morgan White International
  • MultiPlan PPO
  • Naphcare (Federal Prisoners)
  • National Healthcare Solutions Inc.
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan HMO/POS
  • Neighborhood HealthPlan PPO
  • North Broward Hospital District PPO
  • Olympus Managed Healthcare
  • Optum
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicaid HMO
  • Positive Healthcare SNP Medicare HMO
  • Prestige Health Choice Medicaid HMO
  • Prime Health Services WC
  • Quality Health Management
  • Religious Order of Jehovah's Witnesses PPO
  • Rockport Healthcare Group WC
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises PPO
  • Sanus Health Corporation
  • Seasons Hospice
  • Simply Healthcare Medicaid HMO
  • Solstice Dental HMO/PPO
  • Start Healthcare Network
  • Sunshine
  • Sunshine AMBETTER
  • Sunshine Healthy Kids HMO
  • Sunshine Medicaid HMO
  • Sunshine Medicare HMO
  • Tricare South Prime HMO
  • Tricare South Standard PPO
  • United Behavioral Health (UBH)
  • UnitedHealthcare Affiliates
  • UnitedHealthcare Healthy Kids HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO/POS
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicaid HMO
  • UnitedHealthcare Medicare Nursing Home Plan
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • University of Miami Athletic Dept PPO
  • VUMI
  • Wellcare/Staywell Healthy Kids HMO
  • Wellcare/Staywell Medicaid HMO
  • Wexford Health State Inmates
  • Worldwide Managed Care