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Ileana Benga, MD general psychiatry & addictive disorders

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Care philosophy

Good psychiatric treatment is the process of combining psychopharmacology (medications) with psychotherapy ("talk therapy") therefore treating both the brain and the mind. The central part of this process is the relationship between patient and psychiatrist, or what we call "psychotherapeutic relationship".

Medication is just an instrument and not a goal per se; often more important is maintaining this relationship and preserving the flexibility of treatment. A good psychiatrist, besides being knowledgeable and caring, also needs to be empathetic and easy to talk to.

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