Not all patients and not all psychiatric problems need psychiatric medicines but there are certainly instances where prescription medicines are the most potent treatment available to relieve a patient’s suffering. Medicines are commonly an important and effective part of the treatment of many mental illnesses to include depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, anxiety, panic, sleep problems, attention deficit disorder and several other disorders.
Medications are often utilized at the same time that other forms of treatment such as counseling or behavioral therapies are being used. As would be expected, the use of prescription medicines introduces potential problems to be dealt with such as medicine risks and side effects.
Psychiatrists are the only mental health providers who are legally licensed to independently prescribe and manage prescription medications for mental illnesses. Counselors and psychologists are not permitted to use or prescribe medications as part of their treatments. Psychiatric Nurse Specialists may prescribe medications for mental illnesses but must have a psychiatrically qualified physician overseeing their use of medicines.
Dr. Harden brings many years of training and experience as a physician to his use of medicines for the treatment of psychiatric illnesses. Effective management of psychiatric medicines requires knowing which medicines are most likely to help; knowing if combinations of medicines might be more helpful than a single medicine; knowing which side effects are likely with a given medicine; knowing which lab test would be helpful in monitoring a medicine’s safe use; knowing which medicines are addictive and knowing how to talk about these matters in a common sense, understandable fashion with patients and their families.
Medication management appointments are an important service Dr. Harden offers his patients. How often medication management appoints are scheduled is different from patient to patient and depends in part on the wishes of the patient, the seriousness of the patient’s symptoms and the potential risks the medicine presents to the patient. If you think that the use of a psychiatric medication might be helpful please consider giving Dr. Harden’s office a call to set up an appointment.