LIFE AS A STUDENT
Are you overwhelmed with test anxiety, never-ending assignments, or constant self-doubt and feeling not good enough? Do these symptoms cause distress and get in the way of your grades, work, relationships, and daily responsibilities?
A few facts:
32-36% of college and graduate students have depression
31-39% of college and graduate students have anxiety
Depression is the #1 cause of disability
Anxiety is the #1 mental disorder in the US
50% of those who suffer with depression also struggle with anxiety
Students may also face unique challenges such as:
Midterms and finals
Deadlines and time pressures
Organizations and extracurricular activities
Being far from family and support system
Feeling burnout from endless studying
WHY SEE A PSYCHIATRIST?
My training offers an in-depth understanding of the nuances when diagnosing, treating, or prescribing medications for high achievers with never-ending exams and assignments. One major hesitation many have is that medication may cause daytime sleepiness or brain fog that interfere with your learning or grades. As a lifelong learner, I understand.
Every patient is different, and my recommendations are always made on a case-by-case analysis. If together we determine that medication is beneficial, I’ll walk you through different options, thoroughly explaining risks, benefits, alternatives and potential side effects, so you can be fully informed and content with your next steps.
A few examples:
Some antidepressants, like trazodone, can be sedating and help with sleep. However, in the case of trazodone, you may also look for morning grogginess.
Common medical conditions, like anemia or hypothyroidism, may mimic depression. It’s important to rule out these conditions by checking your blood and thyroid levels.
My Masters in Psychopharmacology and Applied Psychology add even more insight on all things medication and human behavior. Let me help you feel focused and well-rested again.