Pharmacotherapy is beneficial to prevent distress or impairment to begin additional psychotherapy. For example, in anxiety disorders pharmacotherapy is useful to ease into cognitive behavioral treatment, soon after the patient may reduce their dosage or eliminate the medication altogether. Cognitive behavioral treatment is used to identify the disorder, identify the problems that cause the symptoms and expose the patient to similar situations that caused the original symptoms.
If necessary, Dr. Farmer will arrange for further testing at the Division of Psychology, UT Health Science Center in order to provide confirmation of the diagnosis and assistance in treatment planning.
Dr. Farmer is well qualified to diagnose and treat individuals and can thoroughly explain the diagnosis to insurance companies, family members, and of course the patient with clinical categories or criteria given by the American Pshychiatric Association. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) was designed for psychiatrists to provide a breakdown of one's condition that requires treatment to determine the levels of severity or specifications. This reference is the revised Fourth Edition of the DSM, which is beneficial to illistrate a description of five diagnostic classifications (known as axes) to determine the patient's disorder(s).
The DSM has fives axes:
- AXIS I:
- AXIS II:
- Personality disorders/ mental retardation
- AXIS III:
- General medical conditions
- AXIS IV:
- Social functioning and impact of symptoms
- AXIS V: Global Assessment of Functioning (described using a scale from 1 to 100)
This not only helps Dr. Farmer to bein further treatment by informing the patient of their diagnosis, but it can also determine social security benefits, patient assistance programs, necessary hospitalization criteria and orker's compensation benefits as well.
Dr. Farmer assists workers compensation patients needing psychotherapy with medication management throughout their diagnosis(es), both mentally and physically. This requires him to send in n evaluation after every session to provide the patient's claim's examiner or case manager to update information on the patient's psychological status as well as medication adjustments that are necessary.
Dr. Farmer is frequently asked to perform a second opinion evaluation for insurance companies to determine benefits and lifelong gainful employment by providing a detailed report to assist with the patient's best interests.