Looking for medication management?
Have you been white knuckling your way trying to keep your life on track dealing with symptoms of depression and anxiety on your own? Has one glass of wine at night become three because self-medicating is the only thing that helps with the emotional pain? Are you looking for someone who will actually listen to you to understand you and your symptoms before handing you a pill to take? Finding someone to provide medication management in a personalized fashion is not easy in today’s mental health environment.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 43.6 million adults 18 and over have experienced some kind of mental illness. That’s almost one in five people. Many have chosen to incorporate the use of medication management services to help support them through their treatment. In conjunction with therapy, medication management is part of a comprehensive plan to address your symptoms that are robbing you of your quality of life. But where do you find someone with the right qualifications who also provides client centered individualized care?
My experience in this particular client struggle is what led me to gain specialized training in providing medication management services. I am a psychiatric nurse practitioner which means I have specialized training in the medical treatment of psychiatric disorders. I’m also a marriage and family therapist. This combination of education has taught me that YOU are the expert on you. And while I may have some specialized knowledge about medication, it is through knowing you and your story that the most appropriate and effective medication management treatment will be discovered.
Still not convinced medication management is for you? Perhaps you think it’s a sign of weakness if you have to take a medication to feel better. Would you tell yourself that if you had migraines or pneumonia? Please don’t let the fear of stigma keep you from getting the help you need. While medication is not appropriate for everyone, let’s meet to discuss how medication management might be part of your treatment.
Perhaps you are wondering why you just can’t go to your primary care physician to get medication. You certainly can do this. And if you have a good rapport with yours and you are getting good results it may be the best solution for you. But if you’ve tried a number of medications without success, perhaps it’s time to try a new approach. It’s better to avoid the pitfall of abandoning medication management too early by seeking out treatment with someone who specializes in psychiatric medications.
It’s been my privilege to work with clients during the most vulnerable times in their lives to find a medication management strategy that provides relief from symptoms and allows them to re-enter their lives as fully present participants. If you have been struggling to pull yourself up by your boot straps, isn’t it time you allowed yourself to consider medication management as a part of your overall treatment?
Please email Laura to set up an evaluation.