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Psychiatry

A part time psychiatrist is available for consultation to students who are actively engaged in counseling at CASAS. 

Due to limited availability, our psychiatrist does not provide comprehensive mental health treatment.  The psychiatrist provides evaluation, education, and medication management while psychotherapy and substance abuse treatment are provided by our counselors.  We have found that the combination of medication and therapy are most effective and ask that students continue therapy while taking medications.  If a student has a current Pediatrician or Family Doctor, we recommend they maintain care for the student even if out of state if possible since that provider knows the students condition the best.  If a student has been treated for mental health conditions for more than one year, we recommend the student and/or their family seek the services of a psychiatrist in the community before coming to the college.

Psychiatric Services are provided to students in a manner consistent with our short term treatment model. 

We find that most students improve quickly (less than 8 sessions) and do not need ongoing treatment. Unfortunately, CASAS does not have the resources to treat students with severe and chronic disorders requiring frequent visits or long term treatment. We will assist students with such needs in finding treatment in the community.

Prescriptions for controlled substances (those medications regulated by the DEA due to risk of abuse) are generally not written. 

If they are prescribed, then close monitoring, including urine drugs screens may be required. Infrequently, sedative hypnotics will be considered on a short term, as needed basis only while other medications and/or therapy is started. They will not be prescribed long term. "We do not prescribe psychostimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin. If you are already taking psychostimulants and are seeking treatment with our psychiatrist, we will require that you sign a release of information for us to talk to the doctor who prescribes the medication."

For psychiatric treatment to be effective,

we require that students attend their scheduled appointments and come to follow up appointments in the recommended time frame. While we understand students are very busy, if a student misses or reschedules 3 sessions they will be considered for referral to a psychiatrist off campus.  We are not a medical office and do not have continuous medical coverage, so refills are generally provided during appointments only.  Refills are only provided for students who are currently active in treatment.

For more information, please call 843.953.5640.

You may also want to visit the websites below to learn about various mental health concerns students have and how counseling and medication can help.

National Institute of Mental Health: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/index.shtml

Internet Mental Health: http://www.mentalhealth.com/

Web MD: http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/default.htm

Mental Health America: http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/go/get-info/

National Alliance on Mental Illness: http://www.nami.org/      

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