Arguably, the best outcomes are when an individual can benefit from both psychotherapy and medication management.
Medication management is an integral part of this equation, as not all medications will be received or tolerated by patients in the same way. That is why monitoring medications, their effects, side effects, as well as possible interactions with other medications is of critical importance. We value our patients and work together to provide a personalized treatment approach tailored to each patient’s needs. There may certainly be a lot of questions and queries, however, fully understanding why your psychiatrist is making these particular recommendations and feeling comfortable with the recommended treatment plan is an essential part of your treatment. Initially, a medication is prescribed for a trial period to observe and monitor its effectiveness. This is where the “medication management” aspect of psychiatric care comes into play. If the treatment is meeting the patient’s goals, the patient will be advised to keep moving forward.
However, different medications affect brain chemistry in different ways, so not everyone will respond well to a particular prescription. This is often a trial-and-error process that should eventually result in the right medication for the patient. In addition to medication, other forms of treatment, such as counseling, life management skills, and behavioral therapies may be recommended. These will be significant components to reach a therapeutic goal. It is also important to note that not all patients and not all psychiatric problems require medications. However, there are many instances where prescription medications are the best and most effective part of treatment for many mental illnesses.