Psychiatry:

Roel D. Compendio, MD

4171499Roel D. Compendio is a licensed in psychiatrist and diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.  He completed a psychiatry residency at Hahneman University Hospital – MCP in Philadelphia, PA.  He earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Quezon City, Philippines.  Earlier in his career he served as a staff psychiatrist at Crozer Chester Medical Center and worked in the medical/surgical unit, crisis service, and outpatient community mental health services.  He later joined Mainline Health System where he served as the Medical Director of the Department of Psychiatry at Paoli Memorial Hospital, as well as staff psychiatrist at the American Day Treatment Center in Exton, PA.  Dr. Compendio currently maintains a full-time private practice providing services in his practice in Paoli and with Cornerstone Therapy and Wellness.

What is a Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that focuses on treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavior disorders. Unlike psychologists and psychotherapists, Psychiatrists are MD’s and have a license to prescribe medications as well as conduct psychotherapy.

Most medications that are used by psychiatrists are used similar to medications that treat diabetes or high blood pressure. After a psychiatrist completes a thorough evaluation your psychiatrists may prescribe medication to help you with your condition. Psychiatric medications, with the help of psychotherapy, may help correct imbalances in brain chemistry that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders.

Class of Medications Used:

  • Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.
  • Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.
  • Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
  • Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.
  • Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.
  • Stimulants – used to treat ADHD.