Mihai T. Simionescu M.D.

I believe in a balanced approach to understanding and treating childhood problems.

Psychiatric disorders and problems in coping seem to occur as a result of an interplay between biological predispositions and the history of our experiences, in our family, with our peers, our communities, and the world as a whole.

From a solid understanding of this interplay we can build rational, sound strategies and treatment for the various mental health problems.

This shared understanding of the problems becomes the basis of the collaborative process that is the treatment.

For me, it is essential that the child (adolescent) and the family feel that their values and their principles of life are respected and are reflected in the way the treatment is implemented.

Approach to Treatment

The medical treatment of various psychiatric conditions includes sometimes prescription of medications.

On the one hand, medication treatment may provide symptom relief and indirectly may improve functioning, reduce conflict, improve performance, facilitate the therapeutic work etc.

On the other hand, during the last several years, numerous voices expressed concern about the use, and sometimes overuse of psychotropic medications (medications like antidepressants, mood stabilizers etc.).

My position on using psychotropic medications