Medical Management

Are You Seeking Comprehensive, Compassionate And Attentive Medication Management?

close up of doctor giving medicine to patientAre you looking for a skilled, experienced and attentive psychiatrist to help you with your medication needs? Maybe your therapist thinks that medication could be a helpful addition to your treatment, and you’re seeking the psychiatric support, education and information needed to make an informed decision. Or perhaps you’re already taking a medication that isn’t effective or needs an adjustment. You might want a second opinion to make sure your prescription is right for you. It may be that you’re worried about how medication and potential side effects could affect your quality of life and want to ensure that you select the best medication possible. Essentially, do you want to feel less overwhelmed, mitigate symptoms and live a happier, more balanced and productive life?

Maybe you are a parent, and medication has been suggested for your child to help mitigate ADHD, anxiety or depression symptoms or to aid in mood stability. Although you want to help your child feel less overwhelmed and more confident, you may still be worried about potential side effects, especially if you’ve heard that your child could become a zombie or just stop being his or herself. The medication selection process may feel complicated, and you want to know what to look out for, how different medications work and how to best support your child.

Whether you’re in need of support, information, education, an adjustment or a second opinion about medication for your child or yourself, medication management at Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry can provide you with comprehensive information, advice and treatment.

Understanding Psychiatric Treatment

While talk therapy can be highly effective, sometimes the most impactful treatment involves a trial of medication. In fact, studies show that for some people, the combination of therapy and medication yield the most effective results. There are also times when maintenance medication after completing a course of therapy is necessary and beneficial.

If therapy alone is not working, the use of medication should be considered in order to reduce the intensity of target symptoms and provide relief. For some people, the use of medication can help create a shift in perspective and aid in their engagement with treatment and healing.

There are generally four situations in which medication can be particularly helpful. Some people suffer from chemical imbalances and/or chronic conditions, such as bipolar disorder, in which long-term medication management is needed. Other people are prone to bouts of depression and/or anxiety and may benefit from the use of medication to minimize reoccurrence. People with ADHD may choose to be on medication long-term or choose to only use it during their academic careers to help improve focus, organization and time management skills. Finally, medication can be used as a short-term adjunct treatment to therapy for people experiencing depression or anxiety symptoms during a particularly stressful, challenging life circumstance.

There is no one right process, medication and/or dosage for everyone, which is why it’s important that you coordinate care with a therapist and an experienced, skilled and attentive psychiatrist. At the Center for Collaborative Counseling and Psychiatry, our expert team of mental health professionals can help you and/or your child through the medication management process and ensure that you are getting informed, comprehensive and compassionate care.

Medication Management Can Provide You With Support, Education And Relief

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If you don’t have a current therapist or are not currently on a medication, we suggest that you begin the treatment process with a psychiatric evaluation or psychological assessment, depending on your or your child’s specific symptoms, treatment needs and goals. The evaluation and/or assessment process can help map out the most effective course of treatment and determine whether medication should be a part of it.

If you’ve already completed an evaluation, have been referred by your therapist or are currently taking a medication, we can begin the medication management process. Our staff psychiatrist, Dr. Joseph McNally, will typically meet with you once a month to monitor symptoms, evaluate progress and generally check-in with your overall wellbeing. We believe in comprehensive care that treats the whole person, which is why Dr. McNally schedules full 30-minutes sessions with his clients, is available for phone check-ins as needed between appointments and can coordinate with your therapist to ensure that you’re making progress. During your monthly meeting, you can also discuss any new life stressors or circumstances that may be impacting your treatment. If needed, Dr. McNally will look at existing medications to ensure that you or your child are taking the appropriate class and dosage of a medication targeting your specific problem. Whether you or your child are taking an antidepressant medication, an antianxiety medication or medication designed to help improve the executive functioning of the brain, it’s important that you feel cared for and well informed throughout the process.

It is possible to find the best medication for you or your child and relieve the distress of problematic symptoms. With the right medication and the help, guidance and support of a skilled, compassionate team, you or your child can enjoy an improved quality of life. You can alleviate anxiety and/or depression symptoms. You can improve the executive functioning of the brain. You can live a more balanced and regulated life. Essentially, you can stop feeling so overwhelmed and begin engaging in more of what is important to you in your life.

You still may have questions or concerns about medication management…

I’m worried about the long-term neurological effects of medication on my child/teen.

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Most of these medications have been around for decades, and there have been no documented long-term neurological side effects. Also, we only prescribe medication for children and teens who we feel could significantly benefit from them. We carefully monitor both progress and side effects, and will not keep your child on a medication he or she is not clearly benefiting from. If any medication does carry a potential health risk, your child can be monitored both clinically and with lab work. Ultimately, the decision is up to you. We will provide you with information, education and pros and cons so you can make an informed decision for your child.

I’ve heard that certain side effects can significantly impact quality of life.

Our goal is to use medication when needed to improve your quality of life, not the other way around. We also want to make sure that the benefits outweigh any side effects. If side effects become a problem, we can adjust dosage and/or find a medication that better fits you and your needs. You can also discuss any concerns you have at the onset of medication treatment. We truly are here as a resource and want to ensure that you get the best possible treatment so you can live a balanced and fulfilling life.

If I start medication will I need to be on it long-term, possibly forever

The duration of medication use really depends on the individual and the type of disorder being treated. Some issues, like anxiety or depression, are often time-limited and may not require an extended commitment to medication. For conditions like ADHD, you may want/need to stay on medication during your academic career or in certain work environments. And, then there are disorders, such as bipolar disorder, that may require ongoing medication use to manage symptoms. Regardless of what your medication management needs and goals are, we are here to help you. We will work collaboratively with you to figure out the best course of treatment.

You Can Live A Balanced, Productive And Empowered Life

We can help you feel supported, well informed and relieved. We invite you to call 847-214-3651 to schedule an initial appointment and/or for a brief phone consultation. We’re happy to discuss your specific needs and to answer any questions you have about medication management and our practice.

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