Ask the Expert: What are Psychotropic Medications?


23 minutes

How do Antidepressants Work? Featuring Ron Winchel, MD

Ron Winchel, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University, is an expert in mood disorders. He'll share all about using medication to treat depression and anxiety.

In this Episode of Ask the Expert

We will cover all-things mental health medications, including:

– What are antidepressants?

– What are psychotropic medications?

– How do antidepressants work?

– How does anxiety medication work?

– What are SSRIs?

– The importance of sleep

– How medication impacts sleep

And more!

About Ron Winchel, MD

Ronald (Ron) Winchel, MD, is an Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry at Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.

His currently divides his time between private practice of psychopharmacology – with a special focus on mood and anxiety disorders – and psychopharmacology education at New York State Psychiatric Institute (NYSPI).

Dr. Winchel’s undergraduate education was at Columbia College of Columbia University. After graduation from Tufts University School of Medicine, he initially trained in Internal Medicine at the Boston VA Medical Center. After obtaining broad certification in Internal Medicine, he continued his training psychiatry at NYSPI/New York Presbyterian Medical Center. Upon completion of residency training Dr. Winchel was a research scientist at NYSPI, where he worked in biometrics and then, principally, in the study of altered neurotransmitter function across a variety of impulsive and obsessional disorders, including suicidality, self-injury and trichotillomania.

After a decade as a research scientist, Dr. Winchel devoted his time to clinical practice of psychopharmacology and teaching psychopharmacology to psychiatric residents. He has been a member of the Scientific Program of the American Psychiatric Association for the last 5 years.

If you’re mildly depressed, you can function. If you’re not laughing quite as hard as the person next to you, how do you know that means something? It’s hard to tell about yourself if you’ve always been that way or if you’re just getting by.