Individuals who come to our clinic for treatment are sometimes referred for a specialized medication evaluation for certain conditions such as severe depression or anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, as well as others. Medications, combined with other therapeutic skills, can often make a substantial improvement in the quality of life
Many people see both a therapist for the counseling and a psychiatrist for their medication management. Most psychiatrists focus on medication management. Thus, a psychiatrist may require that you see a therapist or counselor while on your medication to ensure that you are getting the best and most comprehensive care possible. A visit to the psychiatrist for medication management may be very brief, lasting anywhere from 15-20 minutes. Your psychiatrist will use this time to discuss any concerns you might have regarding the medication. She/he will want to know if you are experiencing any side effects and if so, your doctor may need to adjust or change your prescription
Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without clearing up the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling symptoms. Similar to many drugs used in medicine, they correct or compensate for some potential imbalance in the body. Psychotherapeutic medications usually do not cure mental illness, but they can reduce symptoms and sometimes can achieve remission of symptoms. Your psychiatrist works closely with your therapist to make sure that all of the various components of your treatment plan are working together harmoniously.