Bethesda Psychiatry—Psychiatrists in Bethesda, MD
Major and minor depression; generalized anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder; postpartum depression and bipolar disorder. The list of mental illnesses that can be remedied with medication is extensive. Unfortunately, many people subscribe to the belief that when it comes to mental illness, medication is only for those who are seriously suffering. In reality, those with severe as well as those with mild mental health conditions can benefit from taking medication, which helps to relieve the harmful effects of their underlying disorder.
You cannot recover from anxiety by just staying calm. You cannot
recover from depression by just being positive. You cannot recover
from anxiety nervosa by just eating more. If mental illnesses were
that simple, we wouldn’t be struggling in the first place.”
If you are feeling depressed, anxious, or you’re struggling with another mental illness that we haven’t yet touched on, consider contacting Thriveworks in Bethesda, MD. Not only do we have therapists and counselors, but our Thriveworks Bethesda team is also comprised of online psychiatrists who can offer a diagnosis and provide medication management as well as therapy. Our mental health professionals will help to determine what the best course of treatment is for your specific situation. To get started with a Thriveworks Bethesda psychiatrist, just call (240) 513-3093.
What Is Medication Management and Who Does It Help?
Medication management is the process of assessing one’s need for medication, prescribing said medication, and overseeing the individual’s use of the prescribed medication. Typically, a nurse practitioner or psychiatrist will conduct this analysis and head medication management, which is super important to one’s trajectory in treatment for a given mental illness.
Here’s an example of how this process might play out: Someone is diagnosed with depression. They schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist to talk about treatment options. Their psychiatrist evaluates the individual’s symptoms and determines which antidepressant might best help the individual. They then prescribe the individual their medication and monitor his or her use of it. They’ll work to ensure that their client takes the right medication, at the appropriate time, with or without food. They’ll also check in regularly to see how the individual feels, how the medication is helping them, what side effects they might be experiencing, and more.
Why Is Medication Management Important?
If you reach out to Thriveworks Bethesda, MD to schedule an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists, your provider will keep your health and wellbeing at the forefront. This means that they will check that you’re getting the desired outcome from the medication that they prescribe you. If you don’t receive the desired benefits or your state declines instead of improving, they’ll then help you find a different medication. In any case, it’s important that you follow their exact instructions for taking your medicine. For example, the following are all important:
- Taking your medication at the right time of day
- Taking your medication with or without food, depending on instructions
- Taking the right dosage of your medication
- Understanding and monitoring the potential side effects of the medication
Oftentimes, clients don’t understand just how important the above factors are. It’s up to their online psychiatrist to explain to them exactly how to take their medication and why their instructions are important to their health and success in treatment.
Schedule a Session with an Online Psychiatrist at Thriveworks Bethesda
As we have reiterated many times over, it’s vital that you understand your medication: its purpose, potential side effects, proper usage, and more. If you decide to meet with one of our online psychiatrists here at Thriveworks Bethesda, you won’t have to worry about figuring out this process alone. Your Thriveworks provider will be there with you every step of the way. They’ll do their best to find the medication that can best benefit you, monitor how it’s helping (or, in some cases, hurting) you, and make any necessary adjustments.
You can begin working with a Thriveworks Bethesda online psychiatrist as soon as today. Just call our office to kickstart the process and we will be happy to get you scheduled with your appointment.