Medication Management

When focusing on the whole health of an individual, medication management can be an essential part of understanding and treating mental health. Understanding how medication can treat chronic situations and underlying symptoms can help patients achieve the equanimity needed to work through the healing process.

“Medication management” is the process of prescribing medication in a coordinated effort between a patient and psychiatrist. The process starts during a session where the patient and psychiatrist will discuss the options available with the psychiatrist setting the correct dosage. An important next step is the follow up, where the patient will let the psychiatrist know about the effects of the medication and to determine whether or not it is benefiting the patient.

Sometimes, a patient may require longer term medication management. Over time, the effectiveness of a medication may become less effective due to the longer term use. When a medication has addictive properties, longer term management can protect a patient against becoming addicted to a medication.

Benefits of Medication

It is not uncommon to be hesitate when first discussing the idea of taking a medication. BWI understands the decision is complex and requires a trusting relationship between the patient and provider. There are many benefits medications can offer patients and it is paramount to understand those benefits and address any myths to help clarify the decision making process.

Medication Myths

Medication is common in the scope of treating mental health and can be used for many issues. A common misconception is that medication only benefits those who have a severe condition or that using medication implies that the condition a patient is experiencing is somehow dire. This is a myth as medication can help in many situations where a patient and psychiatrist deem it to be appropriate and useful.

Another misconception is about the addictive nature of all medications, some feeling that all medication is addictive or that medication can change someone. To help clarify these concerns, it is to be understood that there are some medications that can be addictive but that does not mean that “all” are addictive. To help a patient understand and properly use medication through the healing process, medication management helps monitor the patients experience so they have a safe experience and can properly heal.

Another misconception is that everyone who sees a psychiatrist will be expected to take medication. Sometimes, medication may not be the right action for a patient. The process of medication management allows the patient to work with a psychiatrist in tandem, coming to a mutual understanding and agreement if medication is an appropriate course of treatment or not.

If you are interested in learning more about medication management or scheduling a consultation with one of our providers, please reach out to our office as we are always available to help answer your questions or schedule an appointment with a provider.