Psychiatric Medication Management

In some cases—especially during the global pandemic—patients with psychiatric disorders—such as anxiety disorder and a behavioral health disorder—often try to heal from their symptoms without any psychiatric evaluation, proper prescription medication, and assistance from psychiatric nurse practitioners.

 

However, there are other people with psychiatric disorders that really need immediate and proper psychiatric evaluation—prescription medication from not just an ordinary Nurse practitioner—but from Psychiatric nurse practitioners to help them avoid their poor Mental health condition from getting worse.

 

Regardless if a person only needs a Mental health service, such as group therapy for a few months or a lifetime, it’s important to include Psychiatric medication management during the treatment process. 

Why Psychiatric Medication Management can be Beneficial

The decision to go into medication for your mental health condition—as well as other psychological services and psychiatric services—is personal and should not be made lightly. We respect every person’s right to make their own choices for their healthcare regardless of what their Behavioral health disorder is or whether they need psychological services or not. 

 

However—we believe that patients can only make informed choices about getting a mental health service, psychotherapy, and group therapy—when they stop believing myths—understand the medication’s many uses—and comprehend the risks with which medication comes.

 

Unlike a nurse practitioner—psychiatrist specializes in treating mental and behavioral issues—such as anxiety disorder. Getting help from a psychiatrist is more effective than getting help from a nurse practitioner or a non-psychiatry-related medical provider because treating mental health issues is absolutely far different from treating physical health issues.

What are the Types of Illnesses That a Psychiatric Medicine can Treat?

Medication alone is not and will never be the answer to all mental health conditions. There are some mental issues that may have no drugs to treat them while there are also others that may also require other interventions. For instance—there is no medicine that can raise a person’s self-esteem—while therapy might.

 

Another example is specific phobias. For specific phobias—medication only acts as an aid in counseling. Or an anti-anxiety pill can only give the person the calmness—which they need to complete an exposure therapy.

There are also other cases where medication takes the driver’s seat—while counseling plays the supporting role. 

 

What do we mean by this? For example—if a chemical imbalance drives a person’s anxiety, the medicine may be necessary to rebalance and make them feel better. However—therapy can help such a person recover from any damages that their anxiety caused emotionally.

History of Medications For Mental Health

Medications for mental health only became part of Western medicine later during the 19th century. Back then, people used certain substances to help them in changing their moods for much longer. Only after the doctors realized that such medication can be used as an alternative to restraining patients did the medications for mental health enter the Western medicinal practices.

 

Medication for patients experiencing mental health issues has come a long way since it first becomes a part of Western medicine. The goal of such medicine now is not just to control patients—but to help them feel at their best.

Myths About Psychotherapy Medication

While many individuals assume that medications prescribed by a psychiatrist are only used in rare and extreme circumstances—such medications are more common than that. The truth is—one out of every six adults in the United States—has already a prescription given by a psychiatrist.

 

So—if you are planning to include medication in your treatment plan and psychotherapy—know that you are not alone. Myths about medicine related to psychiatry are addictive or keep people from feeling anything at all. 

 

The truth is—there is medicine related to psychiatry that can cause dependence, but numerous medicine related to psychiatry do not. If ever you’re worried about addiction—consult with your doctor and make your doctor knows that you prefer prescriptions that do not cause dependence.

 

There are times when medication will make a patient feel “like a zombie,” with a neutral effect at all times—which is a sign that the medication is not suited for the patient—and the doctors may need to change the dose or the medicine itself. This highlights the importance of medication management—allowing patients to find the right medication combinations that relieve their symptoms without removing all emotions.

Mental Illness Medications Pros and Cons

Each medication has a different list of side effects and possible benefits. This is why doctors are always helping patients weigh the possible benefits as well as the side effects of taking these medications. Here are some common pros and cons of taking psychiatric medication:

 

Pros:

 

  • Can eliminate or reduce symptoms

  • Sometimes—it is the only medical solution available to cure the biological imbalance

  • Help take the edge off of symptoms during therapy

  • Makes up one part of the whole-person approach to healing

  • Allow patients to have their regular or normal everyday lives

 

Cons:

 

  • Can be dangerous without doctor supervision

  • Undesirable side effects can occur

  • Takes several trial and error to find the right dose and medication

  • There are people who might judge and stigmatize patients taking psychiatric medicine

Why Medication Therapy Management is Necessary

Because psychiatric medications have a higher dosage making them powerful compared to non-physiatric medications—It is very important for patients to only take such prescriptions exactly as the what the doctor prescribes. 

 

What happens if a patient takes too much medication? It leads to patients experiencing unwanted and dangerous side effects. Meanwhile—if the patient takes too little or not enough of the prescribed medication—it makes the effort of taking such prescription useless—since it may not treat the patient's mental health issues.

 

Mental health disorders are fatal when not treated. This is why doctors are constantly reminding patients to take their medications exactly as their doctor prescribed.

 

Furthermore—taking medications for mental health is dangerous without proper prescription. There are also cases where psychotropic medicines result in patients feeling worse than they felt before—and if this happens—patients should not wait until the symptoms persist. Make sure to book an appointment or call your doctor immediately for an immediate check-up.

Medication for patients experiencing mental health issues has come a long way since it first becomes a part of Western medicine. The goal of such medicine now is not just to control patients—but to help them feel at their best.

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Psychiatric Medication Management