Psychiatric medications can dramatically improve your symptoms, from balancing your mood and overcoming panic attacks to boosting attention and calming aggression. Krystal Donley, PMHNP, and the licensed therapists at Desert View Counseling & Consulting offer comprehensive assessments and medication management for patients in Phoenix and Peoria, Arizona. To schedule an in-person or telehealth medication management appointment, call the nearest office or use the online booking feature today.
Medication management refers to all the services you need if you take psychopharmaceuticals. Your comprehensive care includes a psychiatric assessment, prescriptions, medication management appointments, and blood work if needed for the medication you take.
The goal of medication management is to help you get relief from the symptoms of mental health conditions while also protecting your physical well-being. The team at Desert View Counseling & Consulting achieves that goal with medication management that:
Finding the psychiatric medicine that achieves the best results takes some trial and error. That’s because your therapist has numerous medications to choose from, each works differently, and every person has a unique metabolism.
As a result, the first medication and dose may not achieve the best results, so your therapist goes through a process of adjusting the dose and prescribing a different medication when needed.
Routine medication management appointments are essential for monitoring your results and fine-tuning your medication regimen.
As long as you take psychiatric medications, you need regular medication management appointments so your therapist can catch potential side effects before they cause serious problems.
Unfortunately, many people stop taking their medications for numerous reasons. They may have bothersome side effects like brain fog or feel better and think they don’t need to stay on their medication. Or some people may discover they can’t afford their refills and feel uncomfortable returning to medication management appointments.
Your therapist can help you find solutions for whatever problem gets in the way of sticking with the medication you need to feel better.
Your first appointment is much longer than your follow-up visits. When you first start taking medications, you also need more frequent follow-up appointments. After your symptoms improve and you’re on a steady dose, your therapist may schedule less frequent visits.
The first medication management appointment is longer because your Desert View Counseling & Consulting therapist takes the time needed to review your medical history and symptoms and complete an assessment. Then they develop a treatment plan that may include psychiatric education, medication, and psychotherapy.
During follow-up appointments, they evaluate your progress, learn about any side effects, and decide whether to keep the current prescription or change the dose and/or medication.
To schedule a medication management appointment, call Desert View Counseling & Consulting or book one online today.