Viewing my struggles as a way to empathize and empower others has motivated me to seek out innovative methods to improve mental health care.
We are glad to have Dr. Ronald Albucher as an advisor at Prairie Health. In his advisory role at Prairie, he leverages his years of working in student mental health to help guide the Prairie Team in providing quality care. We sat down with Dr. Albucher and asked him a few questions about his work.
Prairie’s mission is to make finding comprehensive mental health care—including a personalized medication regimen—as simple as possible. One of the ways we do this is by offering an easy-to-take genetic test to all our members.
There are a variety of reasons to undergo genetic testing: screening for hereditary conditions, discovering ancestry, and — in Prairie’s case — providing information about how your body processes mental health medications.
At Prairie, we provide continuous support throughout your care journey. As a Care Coordinator, I connect with individuals from the get-go. Here, I’ll share some of the ways I’ve supported people in the past.
Recovering from depression or anxiety is difficult. Unlike other illnesses, patients cannot be prescribed a miracle medication that immediately makes them feel better. To make matters worse, a majority of patients barely see their providers, making recovery unlikely.
TL;DR — I’m Benson, one of the co-founders of Prairie Health. As someone who struggled to seek psychiatric care, I’m proud to be a part of Prairie. We’re dedicated to making mental healthcare work for you by offering the kind of care that I wish I had.
One of the issues in psychiatry today is the lack of personalization. Physicians have historically used a “one size fits all” approach to prescribing medications, even though we know that women and minorities do not process antidepressants the same way as white men.