Psychologists and psychiatrists are tasked with a very important job: they are responsible for the first-line treatment of severe and chronic illnesses such as depression and anxiety. According to government and clinical research, remission rates for selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are about 30% to 35%; this is why multiple forms of treatment (such as psychotherapy and antidepressants) and lifestyle changes are absolutely essential for a complete recovery from these illnesses. The Psych Biller is responsible for helping these professionals get paid by offering remote medical billing, so we work closely with many psychologists and psychiatrists; we’d like to share some interesting facts and helpful tips that we’ve learned throughout our multiple years of medical billing and coding experience.
- Medications such as antidepressants and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) produce similar levels of relief from symptoms of depression. If you have experienced a relapse of depression after a course of antidepressants, consider taking antidepressants again in addition to psychotherapy. Chronic and severe cases of depression have a much higher chance of positive change when multiple therapies are combined.
- 1 out of every 8 adults in the United States takes prescription medication for depression. 2/3 of those individuals are prescribed a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) such as Zoloft or Prozac.
- Seeking treatment for depression can lessen the symptoms of depression. This was shown in a clinical trial, where individuals were given a placebo or an actual medication. Patients reported a 40% vs 48% reduction in symptoms based on the trial. This is a testament to the power of the human mind and the placebo effect.
- Exercise: moderate to intense activity has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression, such as resistance training, running, walking, jogging, and yoga. Generally speaking, the more intense the exercise, the greater the level of relief it provides.
- Diet: Better eating habits have been linked to a reduction in the symptoms of depression. We encourage everyone to increase their consumption of whole grains, legumes, healthy fats, lean proteins, and vegetables. Avoid highly processed foods, alcohol, and sugary foods.
- Don’t stop taking your medication when you start to feel better. In a meta-analysis of 31 trials, people who switched to placebo increased their risk of relapsing into depression by 40% in the 4-36 months that followed. Participants that continued to take the actual medication had a reduced risk of relapsing by 40%.
- John’s Wort has been shown to be an effective treatment when compared to placebo and medication, with less side effects as well.
- Children ages 12 and younger: medication was shown to have no significant advantage over placebo when treating depression.
- Childhood abuse or neglect has been linked to more recurrent depression and treatment resistant depression.
- MBCT, or mindfulness-based cognitive therapy has been shown to prevent depression relapse among individuals that have had 3 or more episodes of depression. We recommend mindfulness meditation or MBCT as a powerful tool in the treatment of chronic mental conditions.
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The great thing about our service is that we are able to provide remote medical billing and coding to anywhere in the United States through the use of the internet. We offer medical office support and billing at a fraction of the cost of an in-house team. We reduce overhead, simplify the billing process, and make sure that mental health practitioners receive the compensation they deserve.