There may come a time when working with a psychiatrist when medication becomes necessary. Sometimes it starts when a therapist suggest that a patient may benefit for the added support medication provides. Other times your family physician may notice a change in your wellbeing and refer you to a psychiatrist, and others just feel off, so they seek out the services of behavioral health professionals – whatever the reason, individuals take medication to improve their quality of life. However, if you are not feeling well or taking multiple medications, remembering to take the right medications at the right times can be difficult. If medications are not taken properly, quality of life does not improve, and in many cases, it declines.
Aside from knowing what medications should be taken and in what dosage, there are several factors a patient might not understand about his or her prescribed meds, including reactions to other medications, side effects, and other problems that can affect recovery. Your healthcare provider will thoroughly address these issues, which they can do with a medication management plan.
Patients need to understand their medicines’ purpose, safety, and effectiveness, as well as potential risks from mixing meds with food or supplements. Understanding why medications need to be taken at certain times and in certain ways will also be addressed by your provider.
Medication management is widely practiced and is a cornerstone in long term outpatient clinical care. Our trained psychiatrists are well trained in the use of medications and their interactions with other medication. If you are looking to begin your journey into stabilizing your mental health, or if you are already taking medication and you are looking for to connect with a new provider, we can help.
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