Managing psychiatric medications can take you a long way on the road to better mental health. At Alicia MHS in Catonsville, Maryland, Alicia Scott-Darden, PMHNP-BC, prescribes medications and follows up with you to make sure your mental health benefits from taking them. To schedule a psychiatric evaluation or a medication checkup, call the office or book your appointment online today.

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What is medication management?

Medication management is a service that’s necessary for many people experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. There are numerous psychiatric medications out there that serve various purposes, such as mood regulation or increasing your attention.

Your provider at Alicia MHS carefully studies your medical history to determine which type of medication might work best for you. There are many classes of medication, and certain options might be more effective for you than others.

You can get the best results from your psychiatric medications by taking them consistently and according to your provider’s instructions.

Which conditions can benefit from psychiatric medications?

Not everyone who has a mental health diagnosis will benefit from taking medications, but there are plenty of types and options that can treat an array of conditions. Many of them work by altering the chemistry in your brain in some way.

You might get medications as part of your treatment for:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders

Your provider tells you how and when to take your medications at the time you get your prescription.

What happens during medication management follow-up visits?

Your medication management visits at Alicia MHS last for only 20-30 minutes. During these appointments, your provider checks in with you regarding any medications you take to manage a disorder. These appointments are separate from your supportive therapy visits.

When you arrive, your provider checks your progress with treatment. They ask you a series of questions about how you’ve been feeling mentally on a new medication and encourage you to bring up any changes or side effects you’ve noticed since you started taking it.

As a result of the information you offer, your provider might adjust your dosage, taper you off a medication, or start you on a new medication. The purpose of your medication checks is to make sure you benefit from any pharmaceuticals you take for mental health.

Psychiatric medications can make a positive difference in your mood and mental function. For more information on medication management for mental health, call Alicia MHS or book your appointment online today.