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Collaborative care with your primary care physician

Collaborative care brings your psychiatrist, primary care physician, and therapist together to make sure that you get whole-person care.

Systematic collaboration between your internist, therapist, and psychiatrist has been shown to improve mental healthcare outcomes. 

Key points

  • Collaborative care improves outcomes.
  • Mental health challenges can be difficult to diagnose.
  • Accurate psychiatric diagnosis is the foundation of your care roadmap.
  • Dr. Dhrymes supports diagnosis, psychoeducation, and medication management in collaborative care.

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Does collaborative care work?

The evidence is very strong that collaborative care is often effective and has better outcomes. By bringing together the best psychiatric care and your primary care physician (PCP), you can get consistent care that considers your range of physical and mental health.

Your PCP can consult with Dr. Dhrymes to understand the interplay of psychiatric medications on your emotional well-being, and to make medication adjustments that can keep you balanced while also considering any physical health challenges that you may face.

Psychiatric diagnosis and assessment 

Making a psychiatric diagnosis can be difficult. The symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD), bipolar disorder, PTSD, and other challenges can be similar. This overlap complicates the diagnosis. Starting with a correct diagnosis is a requirement for successful treatment.

Your primary care physician or psychotherapist may suggest that you start the process with a thorough psychiatric assessment with Dr. Dhrymes.

What is the role of a psychiatrist in whole-person care?

A skilled psychiatrist brings a broad set of skills and knowledge that can improve the diagnosis of mental health challenges, pharmacological choices (psychiatric medication management), and behavioral management.

With extensive experience, Dr. Dhrymes brings evidence-based care, depth, and perspective to your care. (You can read more about his psychiatric training and credentials here.) Dr. Dhyrmes can support emergency situations that may arise in the course of treatment and can provide psychoeducation for clients, providers, and families.

Medication management is important to the success of your care

If medication for depression, anxiety, BPD, or other challenges are part of your care program, Dr. Dhrymes is key to managing those medications. Medication management has been shown to improve outcomes (reduced symptoms) and mitigate the side effects of medication.

References

Edwards, G., Nuckols, T., Herrera, N., Danovitch, I., & Ishak, W.W. (2019). Improving Depression Management in Patients with Medical Illness Using Collaborative Care: Linking Treatment from the Inpatient to the Outpatient Setting. Innovations in clinical neuroscience, 16 11-12, 19-24.

Ee, C.C., Lake, J.H., Firth, J., Hargraves, F., de Manincor, M., Meade, T., Marx, W., & Sarris, J. (2020). An integrative collaborative care model for people with mental illness and physical comorbidities. International Journal of Mental Health Systems, 14.

Møller, M.C.R., Mygind, A. & Bro, F. Who needs collaborative care treatment? A qualitative study exploring attitudes towards and experiences with mental healthcare among general practitioners and care managers. BMC Fam Pract 19, 78 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12875-018-0764-z

Thota, A.B., Sipe, T.A., Byard, G.J., Zometa, C.S., Hahn, R.A., McKnight-Eily, L.R., Chapman, D.P., Abraído-Lanza, A.F., Pearson, J.L., Anderson, C.W., Gelenberg, A.J., Hennessy, K.D., Duffy, F.F., Vernon-Smiley, M.E., Nease, D.E., & Williams, S.P. (2012). Collaborative care to improve the management of depressive disorders: a community guide systematic review and meta-analysis. American journal of preventive medicine, 42 5, 525-38.