Medication Management for Adult ADHD, Depression, and Anxiety
Besides prescribing medicine based on your health conditions, your provider guides you on understanding how to recognize and handle side effects, how each medication should help your condition improve, and may suggest more than one medication to achieve the best result.
What Is Medication Management?
Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners use medication management to understand how your medications affect your mental health conditions. For example, biological changes caused by aging, hormones, and other body-based fluctuations can change certain medicines’ effectiveness. By tracking changes in your mood and well-being, Tim can tell which medications work for your health conditions and which ones may require adjustment for best results.
What to Expect with Medication Management
Medication management sessions assess and evaluate how a patient responds to counseling or medications initiated or continued by your provider after a previous visit. Each visit confirms that you keep up with your medication schedule, discusses possible problems, and guides you through potential changes in your treatment plan. Your psychiatrist takes past stressors and symptoms into consideration while also evaluating your current condition, including:
- New symptoms
- Medication side effects
- Drug interactions
- Outside medications
- Lab results
The combination of your medical history and current mental state helps your psychiatrist determine the next steps to improving your quality of life. Reviewing your diagnoses, prognosis, and treatment plan create a baseline by which to judge new developments. Your psychiatrist will perform another mental status examination and safety assessment to better understand whether or not they need to change your medicine, add new ones, or increase your prescription.
What Are the Rates, Duration, and Frequency of Medication Management Appointments?
Whether in the office or through telemedicine, most medication management appointments occur every one to three months. Each appointment scheduled with Crescent City Psychiatric lasts around 30 minutes, keeping your visit manageable while still leaving plenty of time to answer all of your questions. A medication management session with Crescent City Psychiatric costs $140.
Do I Need to Come Into the Office for Medication Management Sessions?
No, you do not typically need to come into the office for medication management sessions. However, if you are more comfortable coming to the office for an medication management session, please let your psychiatrist or mental health nurse practitioner know and we will do our best to accommodate you. Whether the medication management sessions are conducted at the office or through Telemedicine, your provider will consult with you regularly while you adjust to a new medicine and will decide which medications provide the most benefits.
Once you and your provider have found a stable medication regimen and treatment plan, telemedicine appoitnments are conducted every one to three months.The only requirements needed to attend a telemedicine appointment include a phone or webcam, headset, and willingness to discuss your medical conditions over the phone. The patient must also be phsycially located in the state of Louisiana for a telemedicine session. During your appointment, your psychiatrist uses secure video and telephone lines to safeguard your health information and electronically submit prescriptions straight to the pharmacy.
Medication management appointments over the phone or webcam work best for more minor changes to your treatment plan. In some cases, we can schedule your telemedicine appointment outside of our regular business hours. If you suffer from significant medication side effects, notice an adverse change in your behavior or moods, or feel that your medications need a significant adjustment, you may also communicate with your provider in between appointments via secure messaging or email.
Improving your quality of life starts with a visit to our mental health professionals at Crescent City Psychiatric Mental health conditions treated in our office include:
- Adult ADHD
- Panic disorders
Take the first step to positively impacting your mental health by completing a New Patient Intake Form. After our team receives your form, they’ll reach out and help you set up a new patient appointment, also called a Psychiatric Evaluation. If your psychiatrist or mental health provider believes that you may benefit from mental health medicine, they may prescribe medication for your first new appointment and schedule your next medication management appointment to assess your response and make adjustments if needed.