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KOMO News Interview with Justin Pere - Part 4: Psychiatric medication & non-medication approaches

April 28, 2020
Posted By: Justin Pere, LMHC, CGT
KOMO News and Justin Pere | Clarity Counseling Seattle

Justin Pere was recently interviewed by John Colucci with KOMO News in an online Q&A, taking questions submitted by KOMO News followers. In this interview, we discussed ways to cope with anxiety, depression, stress, and how this "new normal" we're all trying to forge in this unknown future is impacting our minds, our bodies, our marriages, and our families.

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A brief description of the answer given can be found below the video clip.




Mental Health Q&A: Psychiatric medication & non-medication approaches

What about medications for anxiety, stress, and depression for help through this pandemic?

  • While not every therapists agrees on whether or not to bring in psychiatric medications, I say that for some of us, our brains and bodies simply need it;
  • We recommend that if you start medication that you start psychotherapy as well;
  • If you prefer Western medicine, you might talk to your primary doctor. If you prefer Eastern medicine, you might check into look into naturopathes;
  • If doing Western medicine, try to get evaluated by a psychiatrist or an ARNP rather than your primary doctor
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