Master Psychopharmacology is a professional stage beyond simply knowing which medications go with which disorders. This approach combines thorough understanding of the brain and all its pathways. Master Psychopharmacology brings together the knowledge of how brain cells function, how they respond to medications at a cellular level, as well as at the level of brain circuits. This approach to Psychiatry is brain-based and biological.
A Master Psychopharmacologist recognizes the limitations of the current “labeling” system in Psychiaty. Most people cannot be pigeon-holed into a single category and most psychiatric conditions are actually a range of disturbed neurobiological processes. As a result, each patient, child or adult, must be see as an individual with a unique brain. Master Psychopharmacologists understand how medications interact and combine to maximize the benefit for a particular brain.
When combined with neuroimaging, genetic testing, and neurological assays, medication choice is no longer guess work; it is the culmination of a comprehensive analysis of how a particular person’s brain works.