CONDITIONS WE TREAT
Let us simplify what may otherwise seem complicated.
We realize you and your loved ones are more than a label. Using common diagnostic terms can aid understanding and help guide treatment solutions.
Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome
Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome involves flu-like withdrawal symptoms that develop after discontinued antidepressant medication.
Symptoms are characterized by:
- Sensory disturbances,
- or Hyperarousal.
These symptoms are typically mild, and last about 1-2 weeks.
This condition occurs in approximately 20% of the population and typically develops after discontinuing medication that was taken for at least 6 weeks (Warner, 2006).
Symptoms of depression may also develop, including:
- Appetite changes,
- Cognitive problems, fatigue,
- or Sleep problems.
Psychosocial intervention or alternatives to pharmacological therapy are recommended to help prevent and manage antidepressant discontinuation syndrome (Warner et al., 2006).
“There is a rebound effect to stopping antidepressants” according to Dr. Serin.
Many adults and children on antidepressants do not need to be taking them but when they try to discontinue the rebound effect is so bad that they become convinced they need to stay on them for a lifetime.
At Serin Center, our Director of Integrated Care, Catherine Bradway, can help adults and teens go off antidepressants safely and add non-invasive treatments to ease the transition off of the medication.
“Many people don’t realize that the science is clear- treatments that don’t involve medication are often more successful in treating anxiety and depression long term than medications. And when medication is prescribed, adding therapy produces a much better effect,” says Dr. Serin. So if your antidepressant is falling short, why not integrate care? And if you want to go off of an antidepressant, we can help.
Warner, C. H., Bobo, W., Warner, C., Reid, S., & Rachal, J. Antidepressant discontinuation syndrome. American Family Physician, 74(3), 449-456. Retrieved from https://www.aafp.org/afp/2006/0801/p449.html
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.
ADHD affects 11% of school-age children (4-17) and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than 75% of children. Boys are over twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD (13.3%) compared to girls (5.6%)
Source: National Resource Center on ADHD