Due to a growing Clinical and Administrative team and the desperate need for more space to better meet the needs of our patients, we’re on the move again! Boston Psychiatric Care’s new office is now located at 233 Needham Street in the bustling Newton Highlands area. To find our office, use the elevator to go to the 4th floor to suite 404E. Our new office is handicap accessible and includes free parking in the building’s garage. To help you find our office look for the Bank of America sign out front directly across from Starbucks Coffee and Boston Soup Factory.
For patients living with Bipolar illness who have had several trials of medications (or cocktails of medications for that matter) without adequate response, the devastation of one more medication that doesn’t do the trick can often lead to feelings of hopelessness. Many patients give up on medication trials. Although I continue to see hope where they may not, I don’t blame them. It is the patient that waits that long month between visits. They suffering through nuisance side effects, waiting for the medication to work, and joy at the thought that it is working only to fall into a depression the next week. For those that have struggled to find a medication that works, the process often contributes to the illness itself. I explain to my patients that the field of Psychiatry is still a pseudoscience. It is not like breaking your leg. You can’t get an X-ray that definitively tells you what treatment you’ll need, and for exactly how many weeks. But that’s all changing… Researchers in the fields of Psychiatry and Neuroscience are hard at work to increase the availability of objective data and testing for which prescribers can base their treatments off. Lithium is a medication that can work wonders for those suffering from Bipolar disorder…or not at all. Lithium requires slow titrations to a specific narrow therapeutic index, blood work, waiting, and more waiting. Many people brave through start up side effects and frequent trips to the lab in hopes of being rewarded for their patience and perseverance with relief. Some, about 30%, will be, the other 70% will not. In this piece, scientists explain how their research enables them to predict with 92% accuracy who those 30% will be. In addition to the contribution this type of research adds to patient’s treatment and well being, it may also provide a sense of validation for many patients. Having objective reasons why a medication will work also helps to break down stereotypes about mental illness. If we have objective measures for treatments, that means there is something tangible that can be measured. This can help to remove the blame that patients so frequently place on themselves (or that others have placed on them for that matter). We are gaining speed on personalized medicine in Psychiatry which will hopefully open many new strategies to optimize patient treatment.
– Danielle Zito PMHCS BC
It’s a topic we don’t often hear spoken about. It shouldn’t be too surprising though that it’s kept under the radar. Men in the United States are often socialized to keep their emotions to themselves. This makes it difficult to reach out to others, especially other males. In my practice, I often hear men describe not having other males to talk with and that they struggle to develop new friendships with other men. This is especially true after they enter the working world. On top of this social handicap, the pressures of work and other responsibilities add another layer of difficulty. A friend of mine recently posted this article written by Mark Greene on The Good Men Project website. It gives us some useful insight on the topic.
– Danielle Zito PMHCS BC
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233 Needham St suite 404E
West Roxbury, MA 02132
(Across from Starbucks and Boston Soup Factory)
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Free parking is available
We are wheelchair accessible
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