Counseling is used to help people work through problems that life throws at them: stress, communication problems, low self-esteem, family drama. During therapy, licensed clinicians use a variety of different methods and tools to help those people overcome their challenges such as techniques in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). For some people, though, therapy might just be one tool used in their treatment process. For people battling mental health conditions like anxiety and depression, they could also benefit from working with a psychiatrist who can offer a diagnosis and multiple forms of treatment.
Sadly, too often, the stigma around mental health prevents people who need help from seeking it. But that simply doesn’t make any sense. Whether an illness affects your heart, your arm, or your brain, it’s still an illness…We should make it clear that getting help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of strength – and we should ensure that people get the treatment they need.”
For mental illnesses like depression and anxiety, medication management can be a key factor in helping people feel better. Psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are trained and experienced in all there is to know about taking psychiatric medication.
At Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT, we have psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who can provide their clients with online help. If you feel like you could benefit from working with a psychiatrist, reach out today.
Who Can Benefit from Medication Management?
Medication management can benefit a multitude of people. It’s often assumed that you must have the most severe case of mental illness in order to benefit from taking a prescription for their symptoms. That’s not true. People who have mild cases of mental illnesses can also see great results from using medication in addition to their counseling services. Take these people, for example:
- McKenzie recently gave birth to her first child. Everything was going smoothly until her mother and father-in-law decided to stay with her and her husband for 3 months. They completely took over her house, didn’t help out with any chores, and often messed her child’s sleeping schedule up. The stress of having a new baby, her lack of sleep, and having to stay on top of household chores contributed to her postpartum depression. It’s difficult for her to stay positive and she often feels alone and useless.
- Jack witnessed a tragic event when he was getting gas late one night on the way home from a friend’s house. Thankfully he wasn’t hurt in the incident, but he now suffers from anxiety when traveling alone at night. He feels overly anxious when his gas tank falls below half-full because he’s fearful of having to stop during the night. He feels nervous, his stomach twists and turns, and he feels nauseous when this happens. He wishes he could go back to the way he was before the traumatic event.
Although Jack and McKenzie’s situations are different extremes, they both might benefit from taking medication to help them with their symptoms. When medication is right for you, your psychiatrist might find one of the following medications to be helpful:
- Mood stabilizers
- Cognitive enhancers
At Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT, we want to help our clients work through their concerns safely and effectively. Some other mental illnesses that could benefit from medication include panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social anxiety disorder.
Benefits of Working with an Online Psychiatrist
As we just mentioned, medication management is designed to help clients manage their medication safely and effectively. Some of the ways that a licensed psychiatrist or nurse practitioner does that is by understanding what medication would work for you and your needs, how much medication you should take, when you should take it, and if you should or should not eat when taking your medication. We also take pride in being client-centered and want to be your partner in your mental health journey. If something isn’t working, you feel nervous about starting something new, or you have any side effects that you weren’t expecting or can’t handle, we want you to feel comfortable enough to bring these things up with us.
Before starting any medication, you should talk to your psychiatrist about any medications you are already taking, any allergies you may have, and any medications you have taken in the past. One of the benefits of working with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT is that you can speak with your provider from anywhere! We offer appointments via video chat or telephone.
Work with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT
If you have a mental illness and think that you could benefit from working with a psychiatrist, consider working with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Fairfield, CT. We have a wide range of scheduling availability to include daytime sessions, evening sessions, and weekend sessions, too. Also, we can often get you in for your first appointment within 24-48 hours of your initial call. To get started, give us a call at (203) 433-3563.
Don’t wait to get the help you deserve. We look forward to working with you on this journey.