Treatment for mental health disorders often integrates therapy with medications that improve your symptoms by altering neurotransmitters and their receptors in the brain. Psychiatric medication management requires a specialized understanding of the brain, physiology, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, and medical and psychiatric diagnoses. Psychiatry is a medical subspecialty that includes at least 4-6 years of psychiatric residency after completion of medical school, and like other medical specialists, psychiatrists are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders. At Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC, Elizabeth Bullard, MD, Allison Foroobar, MD, and Brian Moore, MD, MPH have extensive training in the use and management of psychotropic medication. If you need personalized medication management for any mental health condition, call the office in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, or schedule an appointment online today.
When you receive a mental health disorder diagnosis, your treatment may include a psychiatric medication.
Ongoing medication management services include monitoring your symptoms and progress, monitoring side effects, evaluating medication effectiveness, recommending blood tests when warranted, and adjusting the dose or augmenting your medication as needed to produce the best results.
The general classes of psychiatric medications include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety agents, and stimulants. Within each class, there are many different medications, and each one has a different way of working inside your body.
In addition to variations in medications, every person metabolizes each medication differently. For example, a specific antidepressant may produce dramatic results for you, but it may fail to help another patient, leaving them severely depressed.
Medication management is designed to recognize and deal with all these variables. Medication management aims to produce optimal results and improve your symptoms while avoiding side effects and protecting your health.
Your initial consultation takes about 60 minutes. Your physician at Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC will provide comprehensive assessment and diagnosis, which includes a review of your medical history, a review of your current and prior medications, a review of your lab work if appropriate, a review of prior medical or psychiatric records if appropriate, recommend lab work if warranted, and then prescribe psychiatric medication when warranted.
As your medication regimen becomes better established, follow-up appointments may not take as long, but your physician at Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC will dedicate enough time to guarantee you receive the full attention and care you need.
If you need medication management for a mental health disorder, call Carolina Wellness Psychiatry, PLLC, or conveniently schedule an appointment online today.