Psychopharmacology and Mental Health

Psychopharmacology and Mental Health


Clearly, we are living in unprecedented times as mental health issues continue to climb.  Both medicative and comprehensive therapies can help individuals who suffer from a wide range of mental health conditions, including psychosis, and these modalities continue to be explored and redefined every day. There are many unique, individual neurobiological factors that contribute to the origin of psychosis; therefore, the direct causality is still unfolding. Since many sections of the brain are affected by mental health conditions such as psychosis, there are also various dysregulations in vital brain systems. In addition, the DA hypothesis was a huge step in the right direction as we advance our understanding of the brain – especially with individuals suffering from psychosis.

Antipsychotic medications, along with parkinsonian research, have significantly contributed to our current understanding of psychosis and the role of DA, 5-HT, GABA, and glutamate receptors. The unwanted side effects of antipsychotic medications have caused clinicians to strategize and apply needed changes by implementing an integrative/comprehensive treatment approach due to the high rate of medicative non-compliance. The many promising discoveries currently being made are pointing clinicians in the right direction of better understanding and treating severe mental illness. Hopefully, in the near future, we will have an even better picture of mental illness, a clearer diagnosis of psychosis, improved psychotropic medications, and continued innovative integrative therapies with zero negative side effects.




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Christy and Brigitte LewisChristy Lewis holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology.. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and has counseled for a combined 17 years in several clinical and medical settings and has offered career/life coaching for an additional 10 years. Christy is also Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback through BCIA, the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance organization.Brigitte graduated in August 2020 from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a Bachelor of Science degree in Neuroscience. She is currently working toward her BCN (Board Certification in Neurofeedback) certification. Brigitte currently works at the Biofeedback, Education, & Training Center in Plano, Texas as a Sleep/Health Coach and Clinical Intake Coordinator. Sleep/Health Coaching includes providing new clients with educational information regarding behavioral changes and sleep hygiene to help improve overall perceived sleep quality. In the future, Brigitte plans to attend graduate school to study Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on sleep quality and how it affects overall health.

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