Antidepressants and other medications are invaluable in treating mood disorders, such as clinical depression, and other mental health conditions, like ADHD. Along with psychotherapy, medication management is usually one of the first steps in your treatment plan. If medication management is a possible treatment option for you, our expert psychiatrists will match you up with a prescription and dosage that should work for your unique lifestyle and needs. Our providers are ambitious about finding you happiness, and they are more than willing to adjust your medication management plan as needed to get you the relief you deserve.
What is medication management?
The goal of medication management is to prescribe you one or more medications to help you find relief from your mental health condition. Depending on your needs, we may prescribe medications such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or mood stabilizers. If one antidepressant doesn’t work well or causes side effects, your clinician may adjust the dosage or have you try another medication that may be better suited to your body chemistry.
We understand that everyone is different, and your provider will work with you to create a holistic treatment plan for your condition that may include pairing medication with psychotherapy and/or one of our other treatments, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy or esketamine nasal spray.
We don’t push medications and will inform and educate you about any benefits and risks with your care options.
How does medication management work?
Antidepressants work by impacting neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, to alleviate the symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. Like taking an antibacterial medicine for a cold, medications such as antidepressants are taken to make mental illness symptoms more manageable.
Your provider can choose from a variety of antidepressants that act on different neurotransmitters to regulate mood or increase electrical flow among brain cells. Together, we will walk through your medication options and collaborate on making a medication management plan.
Are there any side effects?
There are several different antidepressants and all of these variations may impact your body chemistry differently. You may not experience any side effects with one antidepressant, but you may experience some common side effects with another. It all depends. However, there is a wide range of common side effects that you may experience, including:
- Diminished sex drive
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
- Mood swings
If you experience any of these side effects from a medication prescribed by your provider, it is important to let them know. They will quickly switch you to another medication or try an alternative to medication, such as TMS therapy or esketamine nasal spray. We want you to find relief, and relief does not include uncomfortable side effects.
Your path to treatment
Medication is often one of the first steps in your treatment plan to help you find relief. Your psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner will evaluate you to see if medication might be a good treatment option, and they will often combine it with talk therapy. Your medication management plan may be adjusted if you aren’t finding relief or experiencing any uncomfortable side effects. If that is the case, your provider will talk to you about additional or replacement treatments, such as TMS or esketamine nasal spray.
All treatment plans at Mindful Health Solutions are customized to each patient. Our talented team of clinicians and support staff is dedicated to working with patients collaboratively to find a treatment plan that works for them. Our goal is to help patients find relief in a way that feels good.
Why Mindful Health Solutions for medication management?
At Mindful Health Solutions, we believe that evidence-based practice is the most ethically responsible way to provide mental health care. Because of this, our expert psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners will only recommend a medication management plan that has been scientifically proven to work on other cases similar to yours.
Overall, we understand the importance of patient-centered care and understand that one size does not fit all when it comes to mental health treatment. Patients respond well to the dynamic menu of treatments we offer, which includes traditional medication management and psychotherapy as well as cutting-edge alternatives.
Mindful Health Solutions also wants to make treatment comfortable and accessible. If patients are unable to physically come into the office or prefer a virtual appointment, Mindful Health Solutions offers telepsychiatry. This allows patients to get care from wherever they are in the state. We also foster a strong culture of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Our therapists strive to embody a sense of awareness, respect, and humility with regard to cultural differences. And last but not least, we accept most major insurances.