Do You Have Questions Or Concerns About Managing Medication For Your Mental Health?

  • Do you want to make an informed decision about taking medication for a mental health condition?
  • Are you wondering if your current prescription or dosage is right for you?
  • Have you been dealing with unwanted side effects from a prescription drug?
  • Do you have trouble taking your medication consistently?

Maybe you’ve been suffering from a mental health condition and wondering if starting medication could help you live a happier, healthier lifestyle, but your concerns about possible side effects have made you hesitant. Or maybe people in your life have discouraged you from taking medication or made you feel ashamed for considering it. You need an educated opinion, but you may not be sure where to turn. 

On the other hand, if you’re already taking medication, you may live with unwanted side effects that are taking a toll on your physical health. You may want a second opinion on your current dosage. Or maybe you would like to find out if there is any way you could minimize the side effects to feel better on a daily basis. 

Or perhaps you’re a parent with concerns about your child’s mental health. You may be curious about whether or not medication would be suitable for your child, but you feel overwhelmed by the number of potential medications that your child could take. Or maybe you want to know how you can help your child manage their prescription. and you’re hoping to talk to a psychiatric nurse practitioner for insight. If you or a loved one is struggling with a mental health condition, the right medication plan can help mitigate the symptoms. Whether you need insight about the right medication, a dosage adjustment, or help managing side effects, medication management could be the solution.

Many People Benefit From The Right Medications

In the United States, a lot of people live with mental health conditions, and while talk therapy alone can be an effective treatment for some, it is not necessarily the solution for everyone. 

For many individuals with mental health conditions, the path to healing involves combining talk therapy with a medication plan. For instance, if someone has been through extensive talk therapy sessions, but they are still not seeing significant improvements, starting a course of medication can provide relief from intense symptoms. This can help the person have more energy and ability to implement the tools and techniques learned in talk therapy. Furthermore, some people may benefit from taking maintenance medication after completing therapy to prevent their symptoms from returning and keep up with the healthier behavior patterns that they have adopted.

Why do some people need medication to address a mental health condition? It all depends on their unique symptoms and diagnosis. For example, someone with a chronic condition like bipolar disorder may need medication to feel truly stable and remedy a chemical imbalance. Others may get tired of dealing with regular bouts of depression or anxiety, or they  might need medication to stay focused at work or school because they have ADHD.

But even if someone is interested in talking to a psychiatric nurse practitioner about taking medication, it’s not always easy to make this decision. While most people know why medication is necessary to heal or manage a physical condition, taking medication to treat a mental health condition is often misunderstood. And since some medications can also come with unpleasant side effects, choosing the ideal medication can be tricky. 

However, working with a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner can help you find a medication that is right for your needs and lifestyle.

Medication Management Can Provide You With Reliable Guidance And Support

If you are considering taking medication for a mental health condition, you may have a lot of concerns. You might be worried that your psychiatric nurse practitioner will push you to take medication that isn’t right for you or that the side effects will be overwhelming. But medication management is a collaborative process—your nurse practitioner will take stock of your symptoms and needs, answer your questions, and outline your options before making a recommendation for a particular course of medication.

When you schedule a medication management appointment at Affinity Psychological Services, you will meet with one of our psychiatric nurse practitioners, who will help you determine the right medication regimen. We aim to create an environment where you feel truly safe and secure and make our medication management sessions inviting and relaxed. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions that might be on your mind. As we believe transparency is crucial, our medication provider will explain their medication recommendations in detail and illustrate why a particular prescription can help your specific condition. 

Through comprehensive medication management, you can learn which medications are a good fit for your unique symptoms, needs, and overall lifestyle. Your prescriber will instruct you on how to take your medication consistently and correctly. They can also tell you which side effects you might need to expect and if there are any reactions that you should closely monitor and report. In addition, your prescriber will tell you if combining certain foods, supplements, or other substances with your medication would result in an adverse reaction.

At Affinity Psychological Services, we have helped many clients heal through talk therapy and find medications that effectively treat their symptoms. By integrating both methods, we can take a holistic approach to supporting our clients’ mental health. 

With medication management, you too can begin a medication regimen that helps you maintain a healthy, fulfilling lifestyle.

But you may still have questions about medication management…

What if I can’t afford medication?

We understand that medication can be costly, but we make every effort to ensure that clients who need medication can purchase their prescriptions at affordable prices. Affinity Psychological Services is a pro-insurance practice. We accept all local insurance plans and aim to make medication management services accessible to all of our clients who need them.

What if my schedule makes it difficult to get into the office for appointments?

Our prescribers are highly experienced with assessment and treatment via video platforms. They routinely meet with clients remotely in order to make medication management services more accessible and consistent for the broadest range of clients.

Will medication change my personality?

Although you may be ready to change some of your habits and thought patterns, you may also worry that taking medication will change who you are as a person. But when you have your symptoms under control, your personality can shine through. Your psychiatric nurse practitioner will work with you to find a medication that reduces your symptoms without unpleasant side effects. And if a particular medication or dosage doesn’t work for you, your provider can help you explore other options. 

If I start taking medication, will I ever be able to stop?

Even if you think that medication would help ease your current symptoms, you might be nervous that starting medication is a permanent commitment. However, if you eventually decide to transition away from medication, your prescriber can help you gradually reduce your dosage in a safe, controlled manner. While medication can be a useful long-term tool, you do not have to take a particular medication indefinitely.

Medication Can Help You Find Relief

If you are ready to talk to someone about starting medication, changing your current prescription, or coping with side effects, we encourage you to reach out with your questions through our contact page. And when you are ready to book a session, you can schedule your first appointment at one of our Minnesota locations in Edina, St. Cloud, St. Louis Park, or Plymouth through the scheduling page on our website.

man resting hands against head who looks stressed

How Can Medication Help Treat Depression?

If you are hesitant to take a medication, that makes sense. No one should agree to a prescription drug until they fully understand why they need it and what it does. This is a vital form of self-care. So, if you’re struggling with depression, it’s logical for you to ask lots of questions if and when an antidepressant is suggested.


How to Know If Medication Management is For You

Medication can help reduce or eliminate your symptoms to help you manage your life and emotions well.

Appropriately trained mental health professionals are aware of what medications will help you, depending on your mental health condition and its severity. With medication management, you will be evaluated on what medications are most likely to aid you, provided a prescription,  and afforded medical monitoring if you decide to use them.


Don’t Believe These 5 Myths About Medication Management for Mental Health

There are many myths swirling around medication management for mental health. It’s always important to keep an open mind when it comes to medicine. Knowledge shifts and thus, so do recommendations. Stay updated and informed!