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Medication Management

Medications designed to treat mental disorders aren’t as straightforward as pills for your blood pressure or high cholesterol. It often takes a trial-and-error approach to find the right combination of medication and talk therapy to relieve your ongoing symptoms. Your doctor at Online Psychiatrists is an expert at medication management, from prescribing the original dosage to monitoring your reactions and making necessary adjustments. Specializing in teleconferencing for psychiatric disorders, your psychotherapist provides psychiatric medical care and the most modern, effective medication management to patients in New York, New Jersey and Florida. Call today for an appointment.

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What Is Medication Management?

Medication alone, or in tandem with talk therapy, plays a vital role in treating many mental health disorders. Finding the right medication to effectively manage the symptoms of disorders 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 Online Psychiatrists, you’ll find a wide range of mental health services for those living in New York, New Jersey and Florida. These services include prescribing and managing psychiatric medications. Some types of medicine can be prescribed through telepsychiatry, while others may require in-person visits.

How Does Medication Management Work?

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 doctor can pinpoint the correct dosage after you take your medicine as prescribed. During your next visit, you have to provide feedback on how effective the prescribed drugs were in relieving your symptoms.

Your psychiatrist 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.

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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 to be 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.

The best psychiatrist aims to find the most appropriate medication or combination of medications that relieve your symptoms with the least troubling side effects. If you do experience any issues with the

medication, work with your doctor to resolve them. The ultimate goal of your treatment is to teach you new ways to cope with your feelings and find a constructive, positive approach to life that works for you.

Why Does Experience Matter in Medication Management?

A mental health disorder can affect your thinking, mood and behavior. Symptoms of mental illness that affect your ability to function in your daily activities may worsen if you don’t seek treatment. Working closely with a doctor who’s highly trained in the field of psychiatry is the best way to:

  • Obtain an accurate diagnosis
  • Receive the most effective prescription medicine
  • Get the most out of your treatment

If you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, problems with drug or alcohol abuse, extreme mood swings or other mental health challenges, contact Online Psychiatrists. Treatment with prescription medication may help bring your symptoms under control so you can enjoy a better quality of life.

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