Based on this assessment, a diagnosis is made and a treatment plan is individualized for each patient. If it’s in the patient’s best interests, medications will be discussed and education will be provided on the actions, uses, and side effects of the suggested medication options. When the patient agrees on a medication and treatment option, the medication is prescribed for a trial period to observe the effectiveness. This is the “medication management,” aspect of psychiatric care. We monitor the effectiveness of medication over a course of time to determine if the treatment meets the patient’s goals. Due to how psychiatric medications react differently within a patient’s brain chemistry, the effectiveness of the medications may vary from person to person. Every individual is unique. Medications are often utilized at the same time as other forms of treatment such as counseling, life management skills, and/or behavioral therapies. Through careful monitoring and on-going discussion we find the right medication and treatment plan to improve the patient’s mental health.
The use of prescription medications introduces potential risks and side effects, as with any medication. These are all discussed in detail, and weighed against the benefits of the medications, with each patient. Not all patients and not all psychiatric problems need medicines, but there are certainly instances where prescription medicines are the best treatment available to relieve a patient’s suffering. Medicines are commonly an important and effective part of the treatment of many mental illnesses to include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic, sleep problems, attention deficit disorder and several other disorders.
- Initial visits generally last 60 minutes and are used to assess symptoms and determine the best course of treatment for the patient.
- Follow-up visits are generally 20-30 minutes and are used to assess the treatment plan and ensure that the patient's needs are being met.
613 E. Ft Union Blvd #104
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: (801) 984-1717
Fax: (801) 984-1720
150 S. 400 E.
American Fork, UT 84003
Phone: (801) 980-7222
Fax: (801) 980-7223