Tamella Trulson, M.D.
Dr. Trulson has been working as a psychiatrist for Meier Clinics since 1995. She primarily specializes in the diagnostic assessment and medication treatment of adults.
Dr. Trulson has experience treating the following mental health issues:
Anxiety, Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Seasonal Affective Disorder.
"My initial focus with patients is upon establishing good, open communication. This in turn facilitates an accurate mental health diagnosis. I then carefully prescribe medication(s) and/or make other treatment recommendations as appropriate.
My goal for patients is that they achieve their full potential in all areas of their lives. For some, this means restoration to a previous high level of functioning, and for others, I am able to help them improve beyond the best they have ever been. For all, I aim to assist in the development of healthy coping skills to constructively deal with whatever stressful circumstances they are facing.
I meet with patients for a one hour initial meeting to establish a tentative diagnosis, recommend appropriate medical testing, and to prescribe medication when needed. All treatment is decided upon collaboratively with the patient. My role is to present the benefits and risks of all relevant treatment options and allow the patient to make final decisions among those options. Whenever possible, I prescribe only one new medication at a time, and I begin with the lowest effective dose so as optimize safety, tolerability, and benefit.
I have follow-up meetings with patients to regularly assess the effectiveness of treatment and make adjustments as needed. I frequently encourage patients to participate in a counseling process, and can recommend a counselor I anticipate to be a good fit for each patient, taking into account a preference to incorporate religious concerns if desired.
The combination of medication treatment and counseling usually leads to the quickest and most enduring improvement. Medication treatment often helps alleviate symptoms enabling patients to address underlying issues more effectively in their counseling. Many patients are able to slowly decrease and ultimately stop taking medication, especially if they have actively participated in a counseling process. For those who need to continue on medication, I have regularly scheduled meetings to assess their progress, optimize medications, and order lab tests when needed.”
Dr. Trulson received her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1991 and did her psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX from 1991-1995. She is Board Certified in General Adult Psychiatry and licensed in Texas.
In addition to her work at Meier Clinics, Dr. Trulson was a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas from 2001-2007.