Medication management is one strategy used by psychiatrists to assist individuals in coping with mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression. Your provider will discuss the goals, risks/benefits, and purposes of each medication prescribed. Medication management is often one component of a comprehensive plan that also involves therapy and regular check-ups with the psychiatrist.
Determining if medication is right for you
It can be difficult to determine if medication management is right for you. There are different types of medications used in treating mental health conditions and your provider will be able to discuss with you which type of medication management is right for you. This assessment will be based on factors including your symptoms, diagnosis, and medical history. The most important factor in deciding if medication management is right for you will depend on whether or not you see value in taking medications and whether they improve your quality of life.
Types of Psychiatric Medications
Medications are one tool that your psychiatrist may use to help manage your condition. Medications can be used alone or in combination with other therapies, such as talk therapy, to effectively treat mental health disorders. Understanding medication types will provide insight into how they work and what their intended purpose is. For example, antipsychotic medications are prescribed for psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), and major depressive disorder with psychotic features (also known as severe depression). They also may be prescribed for people who suffer from Tourette syndrome or Huntington’s disease. Antipsychotics may relieve symptoms like delusions or hallucinations by affecting neurotransmitters in specific parts of your brain.
One medication-management strategy psychiatrists use to treat mental illness, specifically major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia, are mood stabilizers. Mood stabilizers are medications that promote a balanced mood by controlling brain chemicals. Some of these medications include lithium, valproic acid, carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, topiramate, zonisamide—and there are others. Unlike antipsychotic drugs (also commonly used), mood stabilizers do not typically cause significant weight gain or other metabolic adverse effects. For more information on medication management, call us today at Connections Wellness Group.