Psychiatric Medication Management
Sometimes, counseling alone is not enough. Medication can be an effective part of the treatment of many mental illnesses such as:
· Bipolar disorder
· Sleep problems
What to Expect
When you schedule your first appointment, the prescriber will provide an initial check up called assessment. This assessment is very thorough. You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your symptoms as well as your personal and family history. You can fill out this questionnaire online or come in about 20 to 30 minutes earlier to do it in the office.
Your initial appointment will be about an hour. During this time, our medical provider will talk to you in depth about your symptoms, conduct a physical exam, and work with you to create a treatment plan.
In the beginning, you will be prescribed medication for a trial period. This period is necessary for the medical provider to observe and monitor the effectiveness of the medication you were given. Medications affect the brain chemistry differently and not all medications are tolerated the same way by patients. That is why monitoring medications, their side effects and their interaction with other medications, is very important.
Your prescriber will help you determine if the original medication is a good fit for you or if changes need to be made.
Our medical provider utilizes Rx Match with Intermountain Precision Genomics by using pharmacogenomics (the study of how genes affect a patient's response to medication), to help determine which medications are more likely to work with the patient's DNA, adjust dose, and avoid adverse side effects.
If you are experiencing mental health issues and wish to discuss whether medication is a good option for you, please contact us today for help. During your first appointment, your medical provider will review the benefits/side effects of your medication and make adjustments as needed. Counseling and psychological evaluations may also be recommended depending on your specific issue.