Medication Management

Medication management is an important biological treatment approach that can be very useful in restoring neurochemical imbalances. Medication management can be an important part of a patient’s treatment plan. A systematic approach can be a helpful and effective method for choosing medication based on clinical experience and research. Carefully watching the results from taking medication and making adjustments when the results are not what they should be can improve clinical outcomes. In many cases patients are either under or over medicated and are not at an optimal level of medication that would help them in their recovery process. When you begin a new medication you will meet with your psychiatrist on a frequent basis to discuss how you are feeling. At each medication visit, any symptoms or side effects that you might have will be discussed and future strategies will be presented. The aim is to find the medication that has the least troubling side effects but is still effective in the treatment of your symptoms. It is important to remember that there are options and that in time you and the psychiatrist can find the medication that works best for you. Medication management also includes spending time to educate patients about diagnostic issues and discussing the benefits and risks associated with different treatment options.