Ketamine Therapy Specialist
Ketamine is a general anesthetic that’s been shown to effectively treat mental health conditions. Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for his patients struggling with symptoms from a mental health condition. Using a compounding pharmacy, he provides ketamine therapy as a lozenge, capsule, or spray. Find out more about ketamine therapy by calling the office or booking an appointment online today.
Ketamine therapy is an innovative treatment option for mental health conditions. Ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic commonly used as a general anesthetic for surgery.
The medication works by blocking certain receptors in the brain to stop pain sensations and your ability to form short-term memories.
More recently, researchers have investigated the effects of low-dose ketamine for mental health symptoms and chronic pain. Studies have found that ketamine therapy eases mental health symptoms faster than traditional treatments and appears to be safer and more effective.
By blocking certain receptors in the brain, ketamine forces your brain to form new neural connections, building new pathways that improve mood, sleep, and behavior.
More specifically, ketamine rebalances glutamate, a neurotransmitter that plays a significant role in the formation of these neural connections. Glutamate also works with another neurotransmitter, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA).
Together, glutamate and GABA support the health and function of your nervous system.
An imbalance in glutamate and GABA may play a role in the development of mental health conditions and symptoms like anxiety and insomnia. Ketamine may help restore the balance between these two neurotransmitters, easing mental health symptoms.
Schedule a consultation at Meisel NP in Psychiatry to see if ketamine therapy can help you. Jason is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for a number of mental health conditions, including:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, ketamine therapy is an option for all types of mental health conditions. Jason offers ketamine therapy whether or not your mental health condition is treatment-resistant.
He also provides ketamine therapy to ease migraine pain.
Your ketamine therapy may be given as a:
Troche (dissolvable tablet) or lozenge Nasal spray Capsule Jason works one-on-one with you to find the right dose to ease your symptoms and best method of administration. It’s important to continue with psychotherapy throughout your ketamine therapy to help in the formation of those new, positive neural pathways.
Ketamine therapy is an effective treatment for easing mental health symptoms. To find out more, call Meisel NP in Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a lifelong condition that affects attention and behavior. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that first appears during childhood. Though symptoms change over time, ADHD doesn’t go away. Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, diagnoses and treats adults and children with ADHD. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Types of ADHD include:
Predominantly inattentive type:
Predominantly inattentive ADHD means you struggle with attention. You may have a hard time following conversations or directions, struggle with organization, or overlook important details.
Predominantly hyperactive and impulsive type:
Predominantly hyperactive and impulsive ADHD affects behavior. With this type, you may have a hard time sitting still or feel the need to always be on the go. You may also talk excessively or interrupt others during conversations.
Combined ADHD means there’s no single dominant symptom. You struggle with attention and behavior equally.
ADHD symptoms change, which means your type may change.
Jason also performs a diagnostic evaluation to assess your mental health needs, which helps him direct your treatment plan.
With medication management, Jason helps you find the right medication and dosage to manage your ADHD symptoms. Stimulant medication is the primary treatment for ADHD. This type of medication increases levels of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain to ease symptoms.
If the stimulant medication causes side effects (racing heart rate, weight loss, anxiety), Jason may prescribe non-stimulant medications.
Jason also provides psychotherapy to help you and your family better understand ADHD and develop tools to manage symptoms and improve quality of life.
For ADHD care from an expert, call Meisel NP in Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.
Anxiety makes you feel nervous, worried, or scared and is a normal reaction to situations with unknown outcomes. However, if you worry excessively about everyday things or your anxiety is so bad it makes it hard to go to work or school, you may have an anxiety disorder. At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, Jason Meisel, NP, provides therapy to help you understand your anxiety and develop tools so it no longer runs your life. To schedule a consultation, call the office in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, or book an appointment online today.
Anxiety triggers feelings of unease, dread, or worry and is a normal reaction to stressful situations. It helps you cope with stress by boosting energy and focus. Once the stressful situation is over, your anxiety resolves.
However, if your anxiety fails to go away and gets worse over time, making it hard for you to go about your daily routine, you may have an anxiety disorder.
There are many types of anxiety disorders. Symptoms of these types are often similar, but the cause of the anxiety varies.
Types of anxiety disorders include:
Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
GAD causes excessive worry and fear about everyday things such as health, family, or bills. With GAD, the anxiety occurs daily and lasts all day for six or more months.
If you experience recurring, unexpected panic attacks, you have a panic disorder. Panic attacks cause severe symptoms that are both physical (heart palpitations, sweating) and emotional (feeling of doom) and that last several minutes.
A phobia is an excessive fear of a specific thing or situation, such as a fear of heights or spiders.
Social anxiety disorder
Social anxiety disorder is a type of phobia in which you fear embarrassing yourself or being negatively judged when socializing with others.
People in the LGBTQ community often struggle with social anxiety disorder. At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, Jason specializes in the mental health needs of LGBTQ individuals.
He asks detailed questions about your symptoms and life to better understand your mental health needs. He also reviews your medical and mental health history, as well as your family history.
Jason customizes your anxiety treatment plan based on type and symptoms. Your treatment plan may include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a therapeutic technique that teaches you how to identify the negative thoughts that trigger your anxiety. Then, you and Jason work on ways to neutralize those thoughts so they no longer cause the intense reaction.
Meisel NP in Psychiatry offers medication management for mental health conditions like anxiety. Jason also provides ketamine therapy as a treatment option.
For help managing your anxiety, call Meisel NP in Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.
Depression is a common mental health condition, affecting people of all ages and backgrounds. Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, provides comprehensive care for depression, including therapy and medication management. For compassionate care from an experienced mental health expert, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Depression is a serious mental health condition that causes persistent feelings of sadness and despair, affecting how you think and behave.
The mood disorder may develop after a life crisis, change in physical health, or a traumatic experience. Depression is also common among LGBTQ individuals. However, there’s not always a single identifiable cause of depression.
Depression is a treatable condition, even in the most severe cases. However, you may respond better to treatment when getting care during the early stages.
Jason conducts a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation when you come in with concerns about depression.
First, he spends time getting to know you and helping you feel more comfortable. Then, he asks detailed questions so he can make a thorough assessment of your mental health needs and provide the best treatment modalities.
Treatment for depression typically includes therapy, medication, or both. Jason works closely with you to design a plan that best meets your mental health needs.
As an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner, Jason considers therapy one of the most important tools when treating depression. He uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
CBT is a technique that teaches you how to recognize the negative thoughts that affect how you feel and behave. Then, you learn strategies to change these thoughts to improve your feelings and behavior.
Jason also provides medication management for depression, including antidepressants to help ease symptoms. He may recommend pharmacogenetic testing to make sure you get a prescription that works best with your genes.
Meisel NP in Psychiatry also offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for depression.
Depression is a common but treatable mental health condition. For compassionate care, call Meisel NP in Psychiatry or schedule an appointment online today.
Medication Management Specialist
Medications benefit many people struggling with symptoms from a mental health condition. These medications may be for short-term or long-term use, depending on symptoms and diagnosis. At his private practice, Meisel NP in Psychiatry, board-certified psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner Jason Meisel, NP, provides medication management. He can help you find the psychiatric medication that works best for you. To schedule a medication management appointment, call the office in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, or book online today.
Medication management at Meisel NP in Psychiatry refers to the use of psychiatric medication to help you manage your mental health condition. Psychiatric medication is one of the primary treatments for mental health conditions.
Jason is an experienced psychiatric nurse practitioner who offers medication management and therapy to help you manage your mental health condition.
He recommends combining your medication with psychotherapy to get the most benefit, especially when your mental health symptoms are moderate to severe.
During your initial visit, Jason conducts a comprehensive evaluation to fully understand your mental health needs. He uses the information gathered during this initial assessment to develop your personalized treatment plan.
You may benefit from medication management if you have:
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Medications are often prescribed when symptoms are moderate to severe. You may also benefit from medication management if therapy alone isn’t improving your symptoms.
Jason works closely with you to determine the right medication and dose to ease your mental health symptoms. The type of medication you need depends on your diagnosis and symptoms.
Your genetic makeup may influence the effectiveness of certain medications. Jason may suggest pharmacogenetic testing to help him determine the best course of treatment for your symptoms.
Once you find the right medication, Jason works with you to find the most effective dose, and he continues care as long as you need it.
Meisel NP in Psychiatry also offers ketamine therapy as a treatment option for mental health conditions. Like with other psychiatric medication, Jason works closely with you helping you find the right dose and route of administration.
Meisel NP in Psychiatry provides compounded ketamine therapy as a lozenge, capsule, or nasal spray so you can take it at home.
How long you need medication management depends on your diagnosis and symptoms. Some people only need medication management for a short period of time. However, if you have a chronic mental health condition, you may benefit from long-term medication management.
When you and Jason decide you no longer need psychiatric medication, he slowly tapers your dose. Abruptly stopping psychiatric medication on your own may cause serious side effects.
To schedule your medication management appointment at Meisel NP in Psychiatry, call the office or book online today.
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, experienced mental health specialist Jason Meisel, NP, offers compassionate, personalized attention for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, asexual, and other (LGBTQIA+) people in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City. Jason understands that LGBTQIA+ people have unique challenges and mental health needs, so he’s here to help you in a supportive and empathetic way. Call the office or schedule your appointment using the online booking feature.
LGBTQIA+ is an inclusive acronym with room for everyone. It includes people who are:
- Gender fluid
There are many others whose personal identities don’t correspond with heteronormative and cisgender identities — and all are welcome as members of the LGBTQIA+ group.
While society is becoming more inclusive, LGBTQIA+ people can still face a great deal of discrimination and prejudice as both young people and adults.
LGBTQIA+ adults are twice as likely to have mental health challenges and conditions as their heterosexual counterparts, and mental health conditions are four times as common in transgender people compared with cisgender people.
LGBTQIA+ youth are especially vulnerable to mental health challenges. They have a much higher incidence of suicidal ideation and suicide than heterosexual people, and transgender youth have an even higher risk of suicide than their lesbian, gay, and bisexual counterparts.
Many LGBTQIA+ people of all ages deal with anxiety, depression, fear, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other challenges.
These symptoms may be particularly pronounced if you’re facing family problems, harassment, prejudice, work problems, and other issues in your day-to-day life.
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, Jason focuses on your individual needs and mental health challenges. He takes a compassionate and empathetic approach, and you can always expect truly nonjudgmental and genuinely supportive mental health care.
Your mental health care may include:
- Prescription medication such as antidepressants
- Ketamine therapy
- Long-term medication management
- Family counseling
- Group counseling
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, Jason works hard to create a safe space for you to discuss your feelings, wishes, needs, and goals. He’s here to gently support you every step of the way so you can have the best possible life while protecting your mental health and wellness.
If you have mental health issues, even if they aren’t related to being LGBTQIA+, it’s important to seek supportive treatment. Jason is ready to support you.
Book your appointment by calling Meisel NP in Psychiatry, or click on the online booking link to schedule a private consultation.
Insomnia affects your ability to fall asleep or stay asleep. Though it’s not uncommon to experience sleepless nights every once in a while, if your insomnia occurs regularly, then you may benefit from a consultation with Jason Meisel, NP, at Meisel NP in Psychiatry. To get help for your insomnia, call the office in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, or book an appointment online today.
Insomnia is a common sleep disorder that affects your ability to get a restful night of sleep. In most cases, insomnia is a short-term problem that lasts a few days or a few weeks.
However, if you struggle to get a good night’s rest more than three days a week for three or more months, then you have chronic insomnia.
Many factors may trigger insomnia, including stress, travel, or a change in routine. Your sleep disorder may also be a symptom of an underlying mental health condition like depression or anxiety.
Insomnia may also occur with other sleep disorders such as sleep apnea or restless legs syndrome.
Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early are the most common symptoms of insomnia. Other symptoms include:
- Waking up several times during the night
- Not feeling rested in the morning
- Daytime sleepiness
- Difficulty concentrating
Your sleepless nights may also make you constantly worry about sleep and your inability to get a good night of rest. This sleep disorder may also make you more prone to accidents or injuries.
Jason conducts a thorough diagnostic evaluation when you come in with concerns about insomnia. He first spends time getting to know you, then he asks detailed questions about your sleep routine, medical history, and any medications and supplements you take.
The information he gathers during your interview helps him make a thorough assessment of your sleep disorder so he can design an effective treatment plan.
Jason customizes treatment for your insomnia based on the results of your assessment. Treatment may include:
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
CBT is a type of therapy that teaches you how to recognize the negative thoughts and behaviors that keep you up at night and replace them with habits that improve your sleep.
CBT helps you overcome the underlying cause of your insomnia.
Though CBT is an effective treatment for insomnia, Jason may prescribe sleeping pills for a short period of time.
Jason also helps you make lifestyle changes that improve your sleep habits. This might include putting away all electronics as part of a healthy bedtime routine, taking a bath before bed, and reading to help your mind relax.
When insomnia affects your quality of life, it’s time to schedule an appointment at Meisel NP in Psychiatry. Call or book online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a serious mental health condition that develops after a traumatic experience. PTSD symptoms affect physical, emotional, and social well-being. At Meisel NP in Psychiatry in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn in New York City, Jason Meisel, NP, provides compassionate psychiatric care for PTSD, including medication management and psychotherapy. Call the office or book an appointment online today.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that develops after you experience or witness a traumatic event.
Any traumatic event may affect your mental and emotional well-being. However, with self-care and support, most people recover from their trauma.
With PTSD, you continue to have symptoms related to the traumatic experience that get worse over time. These symptoms may be so severe that they affect your routine and relationships.
PTSD affects people of all ages.
People with PTSD usually develop symptoms within three months of the traumatic event. Some people may not develop PTSD until years later.
PTSD symptoms fall into four categories:
Flashbacks, nightmares, and frightening thoughts are types of PTSD re-experiencing symptoms.
Avoidance symptoms include staying away from people, places, or situations that remind you of the traumatic event. The desire to avoid thoughts and feelings about the event are also types of PTSD avoidance symptoms.
Arousal and reactivity symptoms
Feeling on edge, being easily startled, and having angry outbursts are arousal and reactivity symptoms. With PTSD, you feel these symptoms all the time, which can make you feel stressed and angry.
Cognition and mood symptoms
With cognition and mood PTSD symptoms, you may have trouble remembering details of the event and have negative thoughts about yourself and the world.
For a PTSD diagnosis, you must experience symptoms from all four categories for a month or more.
At Meisel NP in Psychiatry, Jason takes an individualized approach to care. After conducting an in-depth evaluation to fully understand your mental health needs, he customizes your PTSD treatment plan, which may include:
Jason may prescribe psychiatric medication to ease your PTSD symptoms. He works closely with you to help find the right medication and dose.
Your genetics may influence the effectiveness of your psychiatric medication, so Jason conducts pharmacogenetic testing to ensure you get the right treatment.
Meisel NP in Psychiatry also offers ketamine therapy for PTSD treatment.
During psychotherapy, Jason uses various therapeutic techniques to help you understand your symptoms, identify your triggers, and develop strategies for managing symptoms. He may also collaborate with friends and family to help you get outside support for your PTSD.
Schedule an appointment at Meisel NP in Psychiatry by calling or booking online today.