Medications are commonly used to treat a variety of illnesses. Often, your primary care provider (PCP) may prescribe these medications for you, but there are times when input from someone who specializes in psychotropic medications is helpful. Most commonly, I meet with patients with the goal of establishing an ongoing treatment relationship in which I prescribe your psychotropic medications while you continue to see your regular therapist if you have one, and your PCP for other healthcare needs. You can be referred for an evaluation by your PCP, your therapist/counselor, or call on your own. We will typically meet monthly, but this varies depending on the nature of your problem, level of stability of your medication regimen, and need for monitoring of things such as side effects and medication blood levels
There are things you can do to maximize the effectiveness of your medications. Most importantly, communicate with your provider. Report any changes in your condition or side effects promptly. Take all medications as prescribed. Don't forget about other aspects of your lifestyle over which you have control such as nutrition, exercise, sleep, moderation of caffeine and sugar intake. Engage in other aspects of your life that are important to you like friends, family, and religious activities.
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