Washington psychiatric medication management services guide
October 6, 2021at4:00 AM
If you’ve been diagnosed with a mental disorder or you’re seeking treatment for symptoms of a mental illness, you’ve likely heard about the potential benefits of psychiatric medication for dealing with those symptoms. You’re just as likely to have heard, though, about the potential side effects associated with these medications. Without the proper dosage and guidance from a medical professional who understands your symptoms and circumstances, psychiatric medications can have serious negative consequences for your health.
That’s where a practice like Synchronous Mental Health comes in. We’re experienced mental health practitioners offering telehealth services for medication management in several states, including Washington. Whether you’re looking for an evaluation to determine whether medication is the right approach for you, or you’re looking for guidance when your current medications aren’t providing effective results, we’re here and ready to help.
For more information about psychiatric medications in general, what to expect from medication management services, and why you may find our practice to be the best option for you, continue through the rest of this blog post.
What you need to know about psychiatric medication
As written in this article by the National Institute of Mental Health, psychiatric medications are a tool used to treat a variety of mental conditions. Therapists will stick to talk therapy as the primary treatment for many patients’ symptoms, but for many others, medication is needed to supplement the effects of therapy. The decision is often made based on the severity of a patient’s symptoms and their overall circumstances, including other substances they’re taking and conditions they may be dealing with.
Psychiatric medications fall into a few different categories, including:
Antidepressants: This category generally includes SSRIS, SNRIS, and bupropion. Antidepressants are sometimes used for alternative purposes like treating ADHD or a smoking addiction.
Anti-anxiety medications: This includes benzodiazepines and buspirone. In cases like social anxiety disorder, these are usually used if first-choice options like SSRIs don’t work.
Stimulants: These are often used to treat patients with ADHD.
Anti-psychotics: These are typically used to treat conditions that involve a disconnect with reality, including symptoms like delusions or hallucinations. This can happen in ca