A psychiatrist is a physician who is devoted to the diagnosis, prevention, study, and treatment of mental behavioral disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, unlike psychologists, and must evaluate patients to determine whether their symptoms are the result of a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly psychiatric.
The physicians at NeuroPsych Wellness Center are committed to help those struggling with mental behavioral health issues by providing personalized, high-quality care and psychiatric treatment on an ongoing basis. We provide psychiatric care including medication management when indicated for bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and other psychiatric diagnosis.
What is Medication Management?
When the patient agrees on a medication as part of their mental health treatment, the medication is prescribed for a trial period to observe the effectiveness. Due to how psychiatric medications react differently within a patient’s brain chemistry, the effectiveness of the medication may vary from person to person. A complete and accurate medication list is the foundation for addressing issues and reconciling the medication with any others the patient may be taking. These tools will also help to identify patient behaviors that may be putting patients at risk for an adverse drug event, such as overdosing, underdosing, or missing medications, or other important contextual factors limiting adherence.
Latest research shows:
- 50% of patients do not adhere to their medication regimen. In half of these cases, patients are either unaware that they are not taking medications as prescribed or do not because the regimen is just too complex.
- Patients with chronic illnesses take, on average, only half their prescribed medications.
- According to the CDC, over 250,000 patients per year visit the emergency room due to adverse drug events.