How do you know what diet, supplements, or even medications are right for you? With so many health issues happening within our society, things can often get confusing. Our Medication Management Team provides you with the most updated, science-backed information so you can find answers to common health questions that have become puzzling and have held you back from achieving optimal health.
Medication management involves outpatient evaluation and management of psychotropic medications used to treat adult mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD and others. There are several different types of drugs available to treat mental illnesses.
Some of the most commonly used are antidepressants, anti-anxiety, antipsychotic, mood stabilizing, and stimulant medications. A healthcare provider will determine which medication is right for you. Remember that medications usually take 4 to 6 weeks to become fully effective, and if one drug does not work, there are many others to try.
What is Medication Management?
Drugs cannot cure mental illnesses. Rather, they work to control many of the most troubling symptoms, often enabling people with mental disorders to return to normal or near-normal functioning. Reducing symptoms with medication can also enhance the effectiveness of other treatments, such as psychotherapy (a type of counseling).
When you’re feeling overwhelmed or confused, it’s understandable that you might want to let others make medication decisions for you. But being actively involved in your treatment can make a real difference in your recovery. Talking honestly with your provider(s) is a big part of that process. If you discuss your concerns and learn about your options, you are much more likely to come up with a plan that works well for you and for the life you want to create.
If you and your provider(s) decide that medication may be the right option for you, very often you’ll be referred to a separate provider. Most psychologists and therapists aren’t licensed to prescribe medications, and many psychiatrists don’t practice therapy. At Morgan Mental Health our medication management is provided by our Medication Management Professionals, who work closely with your therapist to ensure the most effective combination of therapy and medication for your mental health and wellness.
Researchers believe that the symptoms of mental illness come from chemical imbalances in a person’s brain. A medication works on these imbalances to reduce your symptoms, or sometimes, to relieve them completely.
It is important to know the benefits of prescribed medications, as well as their potential side effects, and to talk to your doctor about any concerns that you may have. As you consider your options, it may help to know some basic facts about medication.
- Medications are not cures. Medications only treat symptoms, so if you stop taking them, your symptoms can return. Ask your health care provider how long you might expect to take medication.
- Every medicine has its benefits and its risks. Deciding to take medication is all about balancing possible benefits against possible side effects. Sometimes, it’s hard to know how a medicine will affect you until you try it.
- Medications often help the most when they’re part of an overall treatment program. Your plan may include psychotherapy, peer programs and rehabilitative services to help with problems that medication alone can’t treat.
- It can take time to feel better. Some medications take a few weeks to work. And sometimes a medication’s side effects may start before its benefits. You also may have to try more than one medication before you get the right fit, but many people find it’s worth the wait.
Medication Management Services are a spectrum of patient-centered, provider collaborative services that focus on medication appropriateness,
effectiveness, safety, and adherence with the goal of improving health outcomes.
Mental health medication management involves outpatient evaluation and management of psychotropic medications used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, Bipolar disorder, ADHD and others. Medication Management includes the following elements:
- Patient‐centered approach to care – the service is individualized for a specific patient, focuses on the patient’s needs and concerns, and involves the patient in the care process
- Assessment of medication appropriateness, effectiveness, safety, and adherence. Consideration should be given to accessibility and cost of medications.
- Collaborative approach to care that involves the patient, caregiver(s), pharmacists, and other healthcare providers
- Focus on health & wellness outcomes