About Cameron Psychiatry
Cameron Psychiatry provides counseling and care to patients over the age of 15 who are dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges, such as depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship concerns, stress and more. The Cameron Psychiatry team works in conjunction with primary care physicians to provide a full spectrum of care. Our goal is to encourage healthy relationships and behavioral stability through compassionate, professional care. All treatment is provided on an outpatient basis.
301 E Maumee St.
Angola, IN 46703
M-W 8:00AM – 5:00PM
Th 8:00AM – 12:00PM
What Is a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists specialize in diagnosing and treating individuals with mental illness. Unlike psychologists, psychiatrists are medical doctors — usually with an M.D. or D.O. — that have completed a four-year residency in psychiatry. Because they are doctors, psychiatrists are also able to prescribe medication, while psychologists are not.
Psychiatrists diagnose and manage treatment plans for a range of complex mental illnesses, including:
- Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
- Acute Stress Disorder
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar Disorders
- Borderline Personality Disorder
- Conduct Disorders
- Impulse Control
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Psychiatrists may specialize in a specific area of expertise, for example, forensic psychiatry, adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, emergency psychiatry or eating disorders. These specializations often require additional training and experience.
When Should You See a Psychiatrist?
Individuals who need mental health are sometimes embarrassed because of the stigma that is still associated with treatment. However, it is important to seek the support of a psychiatrist when symptoms of a mental illness begin to show and before they reach a crisis point.
While symptoms vary from person-to-person and illness-to-illness, they often include:
- Thoughts of self-harm or suicidal thoughts
- Extreme mood changes
- Panic attacks
- Inability to concentrate
- Obsessive thoughts
- Changing eating habits
- Detachment from reality or hallucinations
- Obsessive thoughts
- Significant fatigue or low energy
- Withdrawal from friends and family
- Trouble relating to people or situations
- Excessive anger or violent outbursts
- Erratic sleeping patterns or restlessness
- Excessive feelings of fear or worry
- Problems with alcohol or drug use
- Excessive social anxiety
What to Expect From Your Psychiatry Appointment
When you see a psychiatrist, they will first want to complete a physical and mental evaluation with the help of laboratory and psychological tests. This will help them get a better understanding of your current state and will help determine the best course of treatment.
Psychiatrists provide patients with comprehensive treatment plans utilizing treatment methods, including talk therapy, play therapy and group therapy. Their goals are to help patients change behaviors or thought patterns, explore the effects of past relationships or traumas on current behaviors or focus on problem-solving skills for everyday life. They can also help patients develop coping skills, manage stress and deal with anxiety.
When necessary, psychiatrists can also prescribe medicine — including antidepressants, stimulants and mood stabilizers for individuals and monitor its effects.
Psychiatry Services We Offer
Cameron Hospital is expanding the hospital’s psychiatry service line to include adolescent therapy. The adolescent counseling team will work alongside Cameron Psychiatry providers and consist of licensed mental health counselors and clinical social workers with credentials specific to youth therapy services.
Cameron will provide a safe space for children ages six and up to find support, resolve conflicts, understand their feelings and develop solutions to problems. Patients dealing with emotional and behavioral challenges, such as depression, anxiety, family issues, relationship concerns and stress, will have access to a variety of outpatient counseling treatment services tailored to fit their specific needs. Cameron therapists will also work closely with patients’ families and caregivers by teaching parenting skills and methods to help adolescents continue practicing coping skills in daily life.
Meet Our Specialists
Dr. Melchor Mercado
Dr. Melchor Mercado is a board-certified psychiatrist and neurologist with more than 20 years experience in the field. He graduated from the Cebu Institute of Medicine, located in Cebu City, Philippines. Throughout his career, he has practiced primarily in Ohio, where he most recently served as medical director at the Coping Center in Defiance. As part of Cameron Medical Group, he cares for the psychological well-being of patients.
Jenna Shock, MSN Ed., PMHNP
Jenna Shock, MSN Ed., PMHNP, is a board-certified psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Saint Francis and a Master of Science in Nursing Education from Gonzaga University. She also received a post-master’s certification for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner through Maryville University of Saint Louis. She is licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management, as well as provide therapy to patients.
Tricia Bowerman, LMHC
Tricia Bowerman, LMHC, is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor trained in EMDR, DBT, TF-CBT, play therapy and sand tray therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Trine University and a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Tricia is a passionate caregiver dedicated to helping children and their families navigate adjustments and difficult times in life.
Barbara Matchette, LCSW
Barbara Matchette, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker who is passionate about helping patients address and improve their social and interpersonal difficulties. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Anderson University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Barbara enjoys spending time on the lake with her husband, three children and friends.
When facing mental health challenges, finding a psychiatrist you can count on can seem like a daunting task. Let our team of experienced psychiatry professionals be your partner as you seek to improve your mental well-being and quality of life.
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