Medication Management Information
Mental health problems can be overwhelming. Fortunately, management with medication does not have to be. Management of mental health and psychiatric disorders with medication is the process that a patient and their support group create to maintain an accurate medication list. This is the foundation for maintaining medication and avoiding management issues. Possible problems of poor medication management include: taking too much of a medication unintentionally, not taking enough of it, missing doses of a medication, or giving the medication to others not meant to receive it.
Many times, mental health problems need management with medication in order for you to feel better. Fortunately, management with medications does not have to be a difficult process to keep you safe and feeling better. As with many mental health problems, there are different ways to treat different problems. These different ways include counseling with a mental health therapist, medication management, or an integrated approach with counseling therapy and medicated medication management. If you are concerned about the process for medication management, the following discussion should help you understand the process.
Medication Management Treatment
If you are seeking medications for your mental health problem, then you will want to book an appointment with a physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or psychiatrist who is knowledgeable in the medication management of psychiatric disorders. Psychologists and mental health therapists are valuable members of the treatment team and are often referred to during the process of getting better, but they cannot prescribe medications. Psychologists' main job is testing for disorders while mental health therapists' main job is providing support, guidance, and helping you develop skills to overcome your mental health difficulties. During your appointment with your medication provider, you may discuss a variety of topics, including your past history, current medications, past medications you have tried, sleep, energy, appetite, and the problems that you are facing.
Once you have completed this discussion as well as a few questionnaires, your provider will discuss medication options with you, including their common and severe side effects. You will often discuss any maintenance labs or tests you will need to complete with that medication.
Follow up appointments are set at appropriate intervals to assess how you are responding to the medication as well as any problems or side effects you are experiencing with the medications. These are important to fine-tune your medication so that you feel more like you.
Benefits of Medication Management
Medication is one part of mental health management and is not necessary for everyone. Working with mental health therapists as well as improving nutrition and exercise can improve your mental health as well. However, medication can often benefit you on your move towards recovery from problems you are facing.
Once you have worked with your provider to determine if a medication will best improve your problem, it is important to know what the benefits of treatment with medications can be. Reduced healthcare costs is a huge benefit of getting help for mental health disorders. This is because many mental health problems, such as depression, can worsen medical problems, such as diabetes, and increase overall healthcare costs (1). Also, medication management leads to improved outcomes in how you feel and live life. This is because when you work to overcome the barriers to taking medications, make sure that it is effective, and fine-tune any problems with how you are taking it, you can optimize your treatment and how you feel so that you can return to your life's activities.
1. Patrick J Lustman, Ray E Clouse, Treatment of depression in diabetes: Impact on mood and medical outcome, Journal of Psychosomatic Research, Volume 53, Issue 4, 2002, Pages 917-924, ISSN 0022-3999, https://doi.org/10.1016/S0022-3999(02)00416-6.