When someone is dealing with a mental illness, sometimes counseling or therapy can prove to help them manage it well. In other instances however, the individual needs medication to properly treat their given condition, whether it’s depression, anxiety, ADHD, or another illness.
So, when the individual does take a psychiatric medication, medication management is crucial to their success. Medication management is simple: It involves working with a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist, or another healthcare provider to find the right medication and take said medication properly. These professionals help their clients understand everything they need to know about their medication, from how to take it to what side effects they might experience.
If you are searching for medication management, you’re in the right place. Thriveworks Richmond, VA Counseling has online psychiatrists and nurse practitioners on our team who can provide you with this service. These caring, compassionate professionals will offer the support and assistance that you need to manage your medication properly and thus better manage your mental health condition. If you would like to set up an appointment or you would like to talk to us further about these services, just call our office. We are happy to help you however we can.
How Does Medication Management Work?
If you decide to start a relationship with one of our online psychiatrists or nurse practitioners, you will first meet your provider and undergo a thorough evaluation. They’ll want to understand all of your symptoms as well as any important tidbits about your medical history. Then, your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner can better understand what medication might best help you manage your specific symptoms and condition.
After your provider comes up with your plan for treatment, it’s completely up to you whether you feel comfortable and confident in moving forward and following this plan. Remember: The providers at Thriveworks Richmond, VA Counseling have your best interest in mind always. So, if you do decide to move forward with this treatment plan, your provider will then talk about the given medication in extensive detail, including:
- How often to take it
- When to take it
- Whether to take it with food or not
- Proper dosage
- Potential side effects
- Pros and cons
Your psychiatrist or nurse practitioner will continue to monitor you on this medication to ensure that it helps you. They will keep an eye out for any side effects that you might be experiencing, as well as how it might help to alleviate symptoms of your illness. Remember: every person is different, which means medication works differently for different people. Sometimes, it does take some time and experimentation to find the medication that’ll best help you! And that’s okay.
Who Can Benefit from Medication Management?
Some people can manage without medication, while others truly need medication to manage their illness and live better. Now, there are several specific mental illnesses that do often benefit from medication. These include:
- Anxiety: Social anxiety, OCD, PTSD, generalized anxiety. Many forms of anxiety can be alleviated with medication. Again, though, this must be determined on a case by case basis.
- Depression: Similarly, many forms of depression can often benefit from medication, including major and minor depression, postpartum depression, seasonal affective disorder, and so on. Again, though it does depend on the person!
- ADHD: ADHD is the last item on our list and another condition that can be better managed with medication. In addition, cognitive behavioral therapy proves to help these individuals.
If you are struggling with any of these conditions or exhibiting symptoms of these conditions, please consider reaching out to Thriveworks Richmond, VA Counseling. Managing these conditions can be difficult, and we want to offer our help and support.
Set Up an Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Richmond
Thriveworks Richmond Counseling can see you now! If you think that you could benefit from medication management or from talking to a psychiatrist at Thriveworks Richmond Counseling, just call our office. Our scheduling team will be happy to assist you however they can.
We have both in-person and online appointments with our psychiatrists and nurse practitioners available. Just choose the medium that you prefer, and we’ll be happy to accommodate you.