Counseling Center staff does not include a psychiatrist and current clinicians at the Counseling Center do not prescribe psychotropic medication to students. By connecting with a counselor at the Counseling Center, CCNY students can explore with their counselor the option of trying medication and can be helped to connect with off-campus psychiatric resources as needed.
Depression Medication and Therapy
Useful Questions to Explore with Your Therapist Before Beginning to Take Medication
Additional Questions to Discuss with the Psychiatrist
Strategies for Taking Medication
Consult with a Psychiatrist, not a Family Doctor or General PCP - A family doctor / general health PCP can refer you for mental health treatment but is not an expert in mental health care. A psychiatrist is knowledgeable on psychotropic medications and related care. It is important that you receive treatment from the doctor with the appropriate qualifications necessary to provide the suitable care.
Follow Instructions - It is important to take your medication according to your doctor’s directions. Make certain to take the amount prescribed. While it may be tempting to stop taking medication when you begin to feel better or to take more if you are feeling better, it is important to continue to take your medication as prescribed and to discuss all concerns with your psychiatrist.
Reconsider Alcohol and Other Drug Use while on Medication - Some medications and drugs may interact with the psychotropic medication prescribed by your psychiatrist. For example, alcohol can reduce the effect of SSRI medication and it may be beneficial not to drink while taking medication. Also, interactions can take place with other medications including sleep aids, cold medication and prescription painkillers.
Be Patient - It usually takes several weeks before you feel the full effects of medication. Meanwhile, engage in counseling and, with time, the combination of therapy and medication will offer you the best treatment results.