Psychopharmacology Specialist

Jane Algus, M.D.

Psychiatrist & Psychotherapist located in Midtown West, New York, NY

Managing a mental condition with medication is never an exact science, and although you may wish for the magic bullet cure, psychopharmacology involves rigorous and ongoing management of drugs to ensure lasting symptom remission. As a board-certified psychiatrist practicing in New York City, Jane Algus, M.D. has helped many of her patients overcome life-challenging disorders. Call Dr. Algus’ office in Midtown West, Manhattan, or schedule a consultation online today to learn more about how psychopharmacology can help you manage your mental health.

Psychopharmacology Q & A

What is psychopharmacology?

Psychopharmacology is the use of medicines to treat mental health illnesses and conditions. It’s a complex and continually evolving field, with new medications and indications emerging daily.

As a psychiatrist, Dr. Algus has a comprehensive understanding of psychopharmacology, which enables her to prescribe medications to manage your symptoms effectively. She continually studies how different drugs work with your body and how they interact with other medicines and supplements.

What mental health conditions are treated with psychopharmacology?

Dr. Algus uses psychopharmacology as a part of treatment plans to address a variety of mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Panic disorder
  • Social phobia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders

Treating mental health disorders is complex and often involves a customized combination of therapies. Unfortunately, medicine isn’t a magic bullet solution, but Dr. Algus works with you to treat your condition, relieve your symptoms, and help restore your well-being.

How do I know if psychopharmacology is right for me?

If you suffer from debilitating depression, anxiety, attention, obsessional eating, or impulse-related disorders that are interfering with your functioning, medication may be necessary for your recovery.

Dr. Algus provides a full consultation and assessment and decides with your input if medication will be part of your treatment plan. She may also suggest GeneSight® testing if you have a history of medication failures or sensitivity to side effects.

As a certified psychopharmacologist, Dr. Algus considers alternative interventions in addition to all medication options. Along with a discussion of all side effects, you undergo a risk/benefit analysis to determine if medication is right for you.

What should I expect during psychopharmacological treatment?

Pharmacological treatment requires careful oversight and a good physician-patient working relationship to identify the correct medication and dose to bring you into full remission. Dr. Algus has over 25 years of experience in medicating patients with psychiatric issues. In addition to your therapy sessions, you can expect regular appointments to discuss your symptoms and how you feel the medication is working.

If you believe that you have a mental health condition, but you aren’t sure where to begin, contact Dr. Algus by calling her office or scheduling an initial psychiatric assessment online today.