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What is mental health medication management?

Taking care of your mental well-being is just as important as caring for your physical health. Mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress, can make daily life very challenging. These illnesses can also dramatically affect your sleep, resulting in insomnia and chronic fatigue. In many cases, mental health disorders can be managed with prescription medications, stress management, and lifestyle changes. To help guide you through these treatments, primary care physician Dr. Steven Zivich offers personalized medical care. Contact  Boston Direct Health in Boston, MA to schedule a consultation with Dr. Zivich today. 

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Mental health medication management focuses on assessing your current psychotropic medications to determine if the dosage needs to be adjusted or a different medication is needed to ease mental illness. Dr. Zivich will review your prescriptions, medical history, diet, sleeping habits, and symptoms to decide the best form of treatment. In most cases, altering the dosage of current medications or trying a new one can make the world of difference. Dr. Zivich will also consider your personal preferences, health goals, and other lifestyle aspects to establish the most fitting course of action. 

Mental Health Medication FAQ

What does mental health medication do?

The main goal of psychiatric medications is to help regulate the brain chemicals that influence thought and emotion to help them achieve a healthier balance. This class of medication is more effective when paired with psychotherapy and generally helps relieve the symptoms of mental health issues so treatment can be more successful.

How many Americans take mental health medication?

According to the most recent numbers from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), an estimated 65 million Americans (or 1 in 5) take regularly prescribed psychiatric medications.

What are the most common mental health medications?

The most commonly prescribed mental health medications include:

  • Xanax
  • Zoloft
  • Celexa
  • Prozac
  • Ativan
  • Desyrel
  • Lexapro

Are mental health medications safe?

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), mental health medications are generally considered safe and effective when taken as prescribed by a doctor. These medications can improve overall brain function, and some research has shown that medications like lithium, antipsychotics, and antidepressants can protect brain cells from the type of damage caused by brain illnesses, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. However, like with any type of medication, there is some risk for long-term effects, which include lowered immune function, liver injury, decreased kidney function, and others. All these risks and benefits will be addressed by your doctor both before and during your treatment.

How can I learn more about my mental health medication dosage and side effects?

The best resource for information about your mental health medication is always your doctor, psychiatrist, or pharmacist. You should always ask as many questions as necessary to ensure you are informed about your mental health treatment and care. Another good resource is the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) website.

Your mental well-being matters

If you've been recently diagnosed with a mental health disorder, like depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress, but aren't experiencing the relief you need, call Boston Direct Health. Primary care physician Dr. Steven Zivich can work with you to manage your mental illness. Our Boston, MA team is here to offer hope and the patient-focused care you deserve.

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