The Medical Center has arranged access to specialty consultations with Dr. Paul Keck, a globally recognized psychiatrist and psychopharmacologist and current President and CEO of Lindner Center of HOPE, a state-of-the-science, comprehensive mental health center in Mason, Ohio. Dr. Keck is the author of more than 400 scientific papers in leading medical journals and is the author of six scientific books.
What is Psychopharmacology?
Psychopharmacology is the study of medications used to treat mental disorders affecting mood, attention, behavior and thought processes. Though these drugs vary widely in their composition and efficacy, many of them work by targeting neurotransmitters in the brain. In the past few decades, the use of drugs to alleviate the symptoms of mental disorders — particularly depression or attention deficit disorders — has become more socially acceptable. This cultural shift has resulted in these psychoactive agents being among some of the most widely prescribed pharmaceuticals today. (Resource: Psychology Today)
Psychiatrist vs. Psychopharmacologist
All psychopharmacologists are trained as psychiatrists first, but not all psychiatrists go into psychopharmacology. A psychiatrist evaluates patients based on medical history, specific tests for mental disorders and collaboration with other mental health professionals. They develop an individualized plan for treatment that may or may not include the use of medications.
Dr. Keck presented “The Addiction Crisis and Solutions” during last season’s Medical Lecture Series. We are honored that he has offered an extended relationship with the Medical Center via telemedicine. Through telehealth technology, Medical Center patients will be able to have a 90-minute interview with Dr. Keck to consult on mental health or substance use concerns — including questions about psychiatric medications. The next steps provide that Dr. Keck will collaborate with a Medical Center provider to facilitate and implement his recommendations.
For further information please contact the Medical Center.