I treat a full range of psychiatric disorders and specialize in medication management of anxiety, mood disorders, and psychotic disorders. My experience enables me to offer effective individualized outpatient psychiatric care and therapy. In order to better serve our communities mental healthcare needs I have expanded my practice and founded the Lighthouse Mental Health Group PLLC. We will have additional providers to serve you and I will be providing oversight to the care of their patients.
Anyone can develop an emotional or mental illness — you, a family member, a friend, or a neighbor. Some disorders are mild, while others are serious and long-lasting. These conditions can be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist . Most people can live better lives after mental health treatment. Psychotherapeutic medications are an increasingly important element in the successful treatment of emotional or mental illness.
My passion is to offer individualized mental health care, treatment, medication management, and to help my clients living healthier happier and more balanced lives.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Depression and anxiety disorders are different, but commonly occur together and have similar treatments: counseling (psychotherapy) or medication, such as antidepressants, or both. People with depression often experience symptoms similar to those of an anxiety disorder, such as nervousness, irritability, and problems sleeping and concentrating. Each disorder has its own causes and its own emotional and behavioral symptoms. Through counseling and treatment, you can often recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is a psychiatric disorder that can occur following the experience or witnessing of a life-threatening events such as military combat, natural disasters, terrorist incidents, serious accidents, or physical or sexual assault in adult or childhood. PTSD sufferers often develop additional disorders such as depression, substance abuse, problems of memory and cognition. The disorder is also associated with impairment of the person’s ability to function in social or family life, including occupational instability, marital problems and divorces, family discord, and difficulties in parenting.
Most survivors of trauma return to normal given a little time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own, or may even get worse over time. PTSD can be treated with psychotherapy and medicines such as antidepressants. Early treatment is important and may help reduce long-term symptoms.
Medication management helps to promote the safe use of medications and help people achieve the best results from their treatment. For those with mental health disorders, medication management is often an important part of the recovery process when used in an effective way as part of the overall treatment. Like any medication, psychotherapeutic medications do not produce the same effect in everyone. Some people may respond better to one medication than another. Some may need larger dosages than others. Some have side effects, and others do not. Age, sex, body size, body chemistry, physical illnesses and their treatments, diet, and habits such as smoking are some of the factors that can influence a medication’s effect.
Shawna Deeves MD & Jessica Miller PA
4211 Gardendale Suite A200, San Antonio, Texas 78229, United States
Appointments are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Weekdays