Chronic depression and other mental health disorders are sometimes hard to control without medications, and it may take our team a few tries to find the perfect medicine for your specific condition.
However, medication management is a strategy the team at Carolina Wellness Psychiatry uses to ensure your successful treatment. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the practice boasts two clinical psychiatrists (Elizabeth Bullard, MD and Allison Foroobar, MD) and one clinical psychologist (Sarah Gilbert, PhD).
Each of our doctors has significant experience with medications related to mental health. They work hard to get you fast and efficient treatment for your condition.
What is medication management?
Our team uses medication management as a way to ensure your health and safety when you're taking prescription drugs. Various specialists use medication management to ensure patients get the most out of each medication and have the drug's desired effect.
Mental health problems often require the use of medications to ease your symptoms. When you have anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, or ADHD, our team prescribes both cognitive behavioral therapy and medications to give you the best chance to overcome these conditions.
Psychiatric medications work differently for everyone and for every condition. Our team uses management strategies to check your progress, evaluate for side effects, and adjust your dose when needed.
Our team's primary use of medication management is to ensure your safety while taking psychiatric medications and monitoring your progress.
How does medication management work?
When you enroll in our medication management program, our team gets to work right away. Your first appointment with the team is pretty involved. During the appointment, our team evaluates your mental and physical health.
They ask about your current medications and medications you've taken in the past. You might need lab work to check your levels of certain medications.
Once our team has a thorough picture of your mental health, they prescribe the medication they think is best for you and your symptoms.
After you start the medication, you'll need follow-up appointments so our team can monitor your progress. These follow-up appointments include our team evaluating your symptoms and assessing for unwanted side effects of the medication.
If needed, the team adjusts your dose for more desirable effects or changes your medication altogether.
Why medication management is essential
If you're on one or more medications for your mental health, you should consider starting our medication management plan. It's well worth your while, as medications are sometimes tricky to handle on your own.
Our team encourages medication management for several reasons, including:
1. Helps you manage side effects
There's a chance that any medication can have undesirable side effects on your body. Our team recognizes this and monitors you closely to catch side effects early on.
Suppose your side effects are mild, and the drug is working otherwise. In that case, the team may encourage you to continue on the medication. However, if you have severe side effects, our team acts quickly to find another suitable medicine for your condition.
2. Promotes effective results
Our main goal is to find a treatment that works for you. If this means going through several medications, we’re ready.
Every medication works differently on you than it may on someone else. Our team understands the ins and outs of psychiatric medications, working hard to find one that precisely fits your needs for the most effective results.
3. Avoids interactions between medications
Some psychiatric medications don't interact well with other drugs. Our team thoroughly accounts for your other medications to ensure there aren't any drug interactions that could put you off your course of treatment.
If you'd like to learn more about our medication management program, call our office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, at 919-446-3232. You can also request a consultation using our online booking tool.