Dr. Richard Fisher D.O.

Psychiatric SERVICES


Psychotherapy is the process of making changes to the brain through the use of talking in a therapy setting by a trained professional. This is a very effective therapy that, in some cases, shows results that are similar or better than treating with medication as shown by PET scans, Functional MRIs, and SPECT scans. Psychotherapies such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy are a few of the therapies that have been proven to be as effective as medication. Psychotherapy may be used to treat depression, personality disorders, anxiety, worry and stress disorders, OCD, phobias, PTSD, and family problems. Psychotherapy may also be used in partnership with medications for the most effective treatment. This will be determined by the physician based on the individual needs of each patient. Length of treatment time will vary depending on the needs of the patient, but can range from a few weeks to a year or more. The National Institutes of Mental Health has a web page with more detailed information.


Medications for mental health have been in use since the late 1940s and early 1950s and have advanced significantly over the past century. Prescription drugs have a proven effect on the chemical makeup of the brain and nervous system. Pharmacotherapy can be an extremely effective treatment course for a wide range of disorders when prescribed by a licensed professional. Some of the disorders that can be treated with pharmacotherapy include: mood disorders (stress depression, bipolar disorder), thought disorders (schizophrenia), ADHD, and anxiety disorders. Some of the most common types of medication used to treat mental disorders are antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, stimulants, antipsychotics, and stabilizers. Pharmacotherapy can be an effective treatment on its own or it can be combined with other therapies depending on the needs of the patient. More information on medications and pharmacotherapy can be found here on the National Institutes of Mental Health website.

Lifestyle Change

The life one leads will greatly contribute to their individual mental health and overall well-being. Lifestyle changes are adjustments individuals make in their day to day lives to help to develop healthier brains, which will lead to better mental health. For example, physical activity is the most underused and cost effective antidepressant available and lack of sleep can lead to depression. These changes have great results on their own, and also greatly amplify the effects of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. Lifestyle changes would include exercise, stress relief (as in mindful breathing), supplements, dietary changes, and assigned readings.

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