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Don’t Let Medication Management Be Taboo

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Is your anxiety, depression, or other mental illness dragging you down? Do you feel like no matter what you do – for example, proper diet and exercise – you still feel lethargic, sad, or that sleep has become a rarity rather than a regular function? Maybe the answer isn’t the latest diet trend that claims to boost your energy or turn off all lights to ensure complete darkness as you fall asleep. The answer could be medication management services.

Not everything is a simple fix. Medication can help alleviate some of the unwanted symptoms you may be experiencing due to mental illness. Unfortunately, there is still a stigma surrounding mental illness. Still, it is changing rapidly as more and more people understand the benefit of medication management services for mental health.

If you had the flu, you would not hesitate to take medicine to combat your runny nose, sore throat, and cough; if you had major surgery, you would not hesitate to take pain medication to bring some relief. Symptoms of mental illness are no different; medication is meant to relieve your symptoms, not cause you shame or discomfort. Call Connections Wellness Group at 940.360.4245 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

What to Expect from Medication Management

Medication is not a one-size-fits-all answer. You may not feel like your medicine alleviates the negative symptoms you are struggling with. Your medication may be causing unwanted side effects. Your family or friends may be whispering in your ear: “You don’t need meds for that.”

Before you decide to stop taking your medication, talk to your psychologist or psychiatrist about the lack of improvement, side effects, or the social climate you are experiencing. Not seeing improvement doesn’t mean that your medication is not working.

Some psychiatric medications take a few weeks to get to a level where improvements will be noticeable. If that’s not the case, your psychiatrist will know of other medications that may be a better fit for you. If you are having uncomfortable or debilitating side effects, your psychiatrist may choose to switch the dosage of your current medication or start you on a new medication entirely. Remember, they are experts in their field and want what’s best for you, so they will know what action plan will suit your lifestyle and needs.

Don’t Let Medication Management Be Taboo for Mental Health

It is no different than taking any other medication. Mental health disorders come with symptoms just like any other illness. The challenge lies in how symptoms manifest. Anxiety is not depression, but both can be debilitating. Finding the right medicine that works for your condition can take time and a bit of trial and error. After all, aspirin, ibuprofen, and acetaminophen work in a similar manner to achieve similar effects. Still, some people cannot take one or more of them, and some people find that one is more effective for them than another. It is no different with medication management for mental health.

Some of the advantages of medication management include:

  • Relief from symptoms so that you can focus on getting better
  • Improved quality of sleep
  • Increased ability to concentrate and focus
  • More energy and motivation

These are just a few of the ways that psychiatric medication can improve your quality of life. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. Connections Wellness Group offers medication management and mental health services throughout the Dallas – Fort Worth area.

Reach Out to Connections Wellness Group

If you or a loved one are struggling with mental health issues, Connections Wellness Group can help. If your family or friends are not supportive of your choice to seek help for your mental illness, then take the first step yourself by calling 940.360.4245. We are here to help you work through the challenges that you face in your everyday life. For more information about medication management or the other services Connection Wellness Group offers, visit our website or contact us.