Medication Management

What Is Medication Management?

Medication alone or with talk therapy is vital in treating many mental health disorders. Finding the proper medicines to effectively manage the symptoms of conditions such as ADHD/ADD, depression, and anxiety requires the expertise of a highly trained psychiatrist.

People don’t always react to psychiatric drug treatment the same way. What works for one person may not work for another. This variability makes medication management an essential part of psychiatric medical care and another reason to choose your psychiatrist with care.

At Valley Psychiatry and Wellness Clinic, you’ll find various mental health services for those living in Maryland, New York, and Florida. These services include prescribing and managing psychiatric medications. Some types of medicine can be defined through telepsychiatry, while others may require in-person visits.

Medication management is a delicate process and part of your treatment. It involves a series of steps:

Evaluating your need for psychiatric medication in mental health treatment Choosing one of the many available medication options Monitoring your use of the prescribed drugs Making adjustments to the type of medication and dosage as needed Verifying the outcome of your treatment The initial medication and dosage prescribed are usually based on what has worked for others with similar symptoms.

 Your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner can pinpoint the correct dosage after taking your prescribed medicine. During your next visit, you have to provide feedback on how effective the prescribed drugs were in relieving your symptoms.

Your Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner generally starts your medication at a low dose and gradually increases it to find the dosage that best relieves your symptoms.

 Your doctor may adjust the dosage or choose a different type of medication if the current prescription doesn’t seem to be helping. Changes in dosage or delivery may also be recommended if you aren’t taking the medication as prescribed.

What Types of Psychiatric Drugs Require Medication Management?

Prescription psychiatric medication can’t cure mental illness, but it does relieve symptoms that may impact your day-to-day life. Combined with the best talk therapy techniques, drugs can prove very useful. Some of the most common psychiatric medicines include:

  • Anxiety medication
  • Depression medication
  • ADHD medication
  • Anti-psychotic medication
  • Mood stabilizers

On the other hand, you may be tempted to take a higher dose than prescribed. Self-medicating by increasing your dose because your symptoms don’t seem under control is a recipe for disaster. For the most effective results from your psychotherapy treatment, you must take your medication exactly as prescribed and communicate any changes to your doctor.