Understanding The Importance Of Psychotropic Medication Management

Posted on: September 16, 2018

Psychotropic medication management is critical to understand because of the impact these medications can have on a person’s life. Not only is this a serious class of medications, but it is also one that needs to be managed for the best results and to avoid complications or dependency issues. By adequately administering medications, a person is better able to find relief from symptoms and control their condition. Still, it is important to receive help managing these medications to ensure they are used correctly.

What are psychotropic medications?

Any medication that helps to alter the mind, behaviors, or emotions of a person is considered a psychotropic medication. They are also known as psychodynamic medications. They're used to treat a variety of conditions that a person may have and  include, but are not limited to:

  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • OCD
  • Severe depression
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Bipolar disorder

It is essential to speak with a physician about the best treatment course to take. Only a qualified, licensed physician can prescribe these medications after making a diagnosis?

What do psychotropic medications do?

Understanding how these medications work in the body is essential. If a person is prescribed one of these medications, it can alter their moods, behaviors, emotions and mental state. These medications are used to alter the negative feelings or symptoms of a disorder to turn them into something more pleasant and manageable for the patient.

For example, those with severe depression can benefit from having a medication that helps alter their sadness; bipolar patients can reduce their mood swings with these medications and those with anxiety can reduce the number and severity of their panic attacks.

Why is it important to manage these prescriptions?

Psychotropic medications can become addictive. The person taking them can also build up a tolerance. This aspect can cause them to need a higher dose over a period. It is important that the person manages the amount that is taken, that they regularly see a physician and that they are using the medications as prescribed. They are addictive medications which can cause problems if they are not taken as directed or passed to another person that they are not intended for.

Better prescription management is a must

Patients can benefit from the use of the medication and its ability to reduce their symptoms. Receiving help from a physician makes it possible to take the medication as directed, make adjustments as needed and to ensure that the medication continues to help, without causing unnecessary side effects or dependency problems.

We provide psychotropic medication management

We offer this service in our office and encourage patients to visit us for an examination, consultation, diagnosis, prescription and then medication management. In addition to helping the patient initially, we continue to monitor progress and provide recommendations over time. This is the best way to ensure that our patients continue receiving the benefits of taking medication.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Evolve Psychiatry, request an appointment in our Albany office here: https://evolvepsychiatryalbany.com. Or call us at (631) 229-4227.