Psychiatric medications can be used in treating a diagnosed mental disorder, reducing acute symptoms and even as an adjunct to the psychotherapy process.
Additionally, psychiatric medications can play a role in recovery from addiction by reducing cravings and maintaining abstinence to protect sobriety.
Considering a customized treatment plan is based on the presenting symptoms, individual needs and desired goals.
Effective medication options exist for the treatment of acute and chronic psychiatric disorders. These medications can reduce symptoms, restore sleep cycle, stabilize mood and prevent relapse of a psychiatric disorder or addiction.
The National Institute of Mental Health (nimh.nih.gov) is an excellent resource when considering additional information for mental health medications. Placebo controlled clinical trials demonstrate the benefit and risks with a specific medication.
Establishing Care for Medication Management
Consider establishing care with a provider who specializes in the specialty of psychiatric / mental health.
Communicate with your provider concerning medical history, current medications and the use of any herbal or supplemental medications.
Make an informed decision concerning your treatment plan by asking questions about potential benefits, risks and even cost of the medication.
Please contact CINDY BARNHILL, APRN, CNS-BC for more information if you are interested in utilizing medications to assist you on your mental and emotional health journey. Also, please read the following article by Cindy on this matter – Break the Stigma: Redefining Medication Management.