Medication Management is the administration and monitoring of medication for the purpose of alleviating or stabilizing symptoms for certain conditions. Psychiatric Medication Management exists specifically to help manage a client's mental health disorder(s). Providers prescribe different medications such as mood stabilizers, antidepressants, depressants, anti-psychotic and stimulant medications. Medication is not always necessary depending on the severity of your condition. Med Management can also help clients with symptoms they may be experiencing due to the process of alcohol or drug detox. At TNSBH, we have providers that specialize in optimizing mental health and quality of life in both, adults and children.
Types of Psychiatric Medications
Anti-Anxiety Medications: These medications help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, or extreme fear and worry. The most common anti-anxiety medications are called benzodiazepines*.
Antidepressants: Commonly used to treat depression, antidepressants can be used to treat other health conditions, including anxiety, pain and insomnia. The most popular types of antidepressants are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Antipsychotics: Antipsychotic medicines are primarily used to manage conditions that affect the mind, and in which there has been some loss of contact with reality, often including delusions or hallucinations. Antipsychotic medications are often used in combination with other medications to treat delirium, dementia and other mental health conditions.
Mood Stabilizers: Mood stabilizers work by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain and are used primarily to treat bipolar disorder, mood swings associated with other mental disorders.
Stimulants*: Often prescribed to treat children, adolescents or adults diagnosed with ADHD, stimulants increase alertness, attention and energy. Stimulants also elevate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration.
*Controlled substances such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Xanax, Klonapin or Valium are prescribed sparingly and will be a last resort for treatment.