Sterling, VA Psychiatry – Meet With Board-Certified Psychiatrists
When it comes to managing a mental health condition or psychiatric illness, sometimes therapy is all you need. In other situations though, medication is also necessary in treating your given illness, be it anxiety, ADHD, or depression.
Now, when medication is worked into treatment, medication management is necessary. This is simply working with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner to ensure that you are taking your medication properly and that it’s working for you. Your provider will help you understand any side effects, the pros and cons of the medication, and more.
If you’re looking for medication management for a mental illness, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Sterling, VA Counseling. Thriveworks Sterling has online psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who can offer these services. Better yet, we have skilled and caring psychiatrists and nurse practitioners who can provide you with assistance and support. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, or you’d like to talk further about what medication management could do for you, just call our office at (703) 348-5217. We’re here to help.
What Should I Expect in Working with a Psychiatrist?
If you do choose to work with a psychiatrist at Thriveworks Sterling, VA Counseling, you will first undergo a thorough checkup. During this checkup, your provider will evaluate your symptoms and also understand your medical history. Then, they can best determine what type of medication might best treat your specific mental illness and symptoms. They will come up with a plan for treatment that centers around your specific needs.
Now, it’s completely up to you whether you decide to move forward with the treatment plan that your provider has developed. Keep in mind that they have your best interest in mind and their ultimate goal is to help you live better. If you do feel confident in moving forward with treatment, your medication will be discussed, including:
- Potential side effects
- Pros and cons
- Proper dosage
Your provider will continue to monitor you after you begin taking your medication. They’ll observe you for those potential side effects, improvements, and overall effectiveness of the medication. If the medication proves to help you and meet your needs, they’ll likely recommend that you stay on the given medication. Now, remember that every medication doesn’t suit every individual. Everyone is different, and sometimes it takes some time to find the medication that works for you.
Who Needs Medication Management?
As we said before, everyone is different. Some people who suffer from mental illnesses need or benefit from taking medication while others don’t. That said, there are specific mental health conditions that often call for medication, which include:
- Depression: Major and minor depression, seasonal affective disorder, postpartum depression. Virtually every form of depression can be relieved with medication. Again, though, it depends on the individual. Some people with depression manage just fine with the help of therapy and self-care.
- Anxiety: Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, PTSD. As with depression, many or most forms of anxiety can also be managed with psychiatric medication. However, whether or not the individual can benefit from medication is determined on a case by case basis.
- ADHD: Those with ADHD can also often benefit from working medication into their treatment plan. Adderall is a widely use amphetamine that helps people with ADHD, as does cognitive behavioral therapy, anger management, and other forms of treatment. Again, this must be determined on an individual basis.
If you have one of the above mental illnesses, or you have a hunch that you have one of these conditions, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Sterling, VA. Managing these illnesses is tough, and often can’t be done without help. We would love to help you find relief in the right form of treatment.
Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks in Sterling, VA
Thriveworks Sterling, VA Counseling can help you now. If you are ready to schedule an appointment for medication management or for an initial meeting with a psychiatrist, give our office a call at (703) 348-5217. We have a team of scheduling specialists who can help you set up your first session, be it an in-person or online appointment. We offer both, and we’re happy to accommodate your needs or preferences.