About Cameron Psychiatry
Cameron Psychiatry provides counseling and care to patients over the age of 15 who are dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges, such as depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship concerns, stress and more. The Cameron Psychiatry team works in conjunction with primary care physicians to provide a full spectrum of care. Our goal is to encourage healthy relationships and behavioral stability through compassionate, professional care. All treatment is provided on an outpatient basis.
What Is a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating individuals with mental illness. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are medical doctors — usually with an M.D. or D.O. — that have completed a four-year residency in psychiatry. Because they are doctors, psychiatrists are also able to prescribe medication, while psychologists are not.
Psychiatrists diagnose and manage treatment plans for a range of complex mental illnesses, including:
- Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Conduct Disorders
- Impulse Control
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychiatrists may specialize in a specific area of expertise, for example, forensic psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, emergency psychiatry or eating disorders. These specializations often require additional training and experience.
When Should You See a Psychiatrist?
Individuals who need mental health are sometimes embarrassed because of the stigma that is still associated with treatment. However, it is important to seek the support of a psychiatrist when symptoms of a mental illness begin to show and before they reach a crisis point.
While symptoms vary from person-to-person and illness-to-illness, they often include:
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicidal thoughts
- Extreme mood changes
- Panic attacks
- Inability to concentrate
- Obsessive thoughts
- Changing eating habits
- Detachment from reality or hallucinations
- Obsessive thoughts
- Significant fatigue or low energy
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Trouble relating to people or situations
- Excessive anger or violent outbursts
- Erratic sleeping patterns or restlessness
- Excessive feelings of fear or worry
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Excessive social anxiety
What to Expect From Your Psychiatry Appointment
When you see a psychiatrist, they will first want to complete a physical and mental evaluation with the help of laboratory and psychological tests. This will help them get a better understanding of your current state and will help determine the best course of treatment.
Psychiatrists provide patients with comprehensive treatment plans utilizing treatment methods, including talk therapy, play therapy and group therapy. Their goals are to help patients change behaviors or thought patterns, explore the effects of past relationships or traumas on current behaviors or focus on problem-solving skills for everyday life. They can also help patients develop coping skills, manage stress and deal with anxiety.
When necessary, psychiatrists can also prescribe medicine — including antidepressants, stimulants and mood stabilizers for individuals and monitor its effects.
Psychiatry Services We Offer
Meet Our Specialists
Dr. Melchor Mercado
Dr. Melchor Mercado is a board-certified psychiatrist and neurologist with more than 20 years experience in the field. He graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine, located in Cebu City, Philippines. Throughout his career, he has practiced primarily in Ohio, where he most recently served as medical director at the Coping Center in Defiance. As part of Cameron Medical Group, he cares for the psychological well-being of patients.
Jenna Shock, MSN Ed., PMHNP
Jenna Shock, MSN Ed., PMHNP, is a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Saint Francis and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Gonzaga University. She also received a post-master’s certification for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Maryville University of Saint Louis. She is licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management, as well as provide therapy to patients.
When facing mental health challenges, finding a psychiatrist you can count on can seem like a daunting task. Let our team of experienced psychiatry professionals be your partner as you seek to improve your mental well-being and quality of life.
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