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Are You In Search Of A Psychiatric Provider Who Can Prescribe Medication?

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Have you struggled with anxiety for as long as you can remember? Or do you lack the motivation and energy to live the life you want and hope to feel energetic again? Are you distracted so much in your life by ADHD and need medication to focus and feel at ease? Are you ready to find relief from your mental health symptoms?

The reasons people seek out psychiatric help and medication management are wide-ranging. Issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, and other stress affect the brain’s chemistry, which can make it feel like your systems are working against you. Finding a professional to provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate medication management can be life-changing.

There Could Be Many Reasons You Are Looking For A New Psychiatric Provider

You might know what you’ve been struggling with, like anxiety, depression, ADHD, or bipolar disorder, and want to find a new provider for guidance and to help you find the right prescription for your needs. Maybe you haven’t had a full diagnostic assessment done before and want someone new to review your symptoms.

Or maybe you have been struggling for some time with a variety of worrying symptoms like emotional swings, fatigue, and impulsive behavior and are finally ready to seek help. Ample Grace Psychiatry can provide an accurate assessment of your symptoms, therapy that matches your needs, and the proper management for your medication should you need a prescription.

More And More People Today Are Reaching Out For Help

Countless people are diagnosed each year with anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and ADHD among other mental health conditions, and take medication for the management of these issues. Today, more people understand the need to receive proper care for their mental health, which was not the case as much even ten years ago. Over the past five years, especially during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, people have prioritized treatment for their once-hidden and ignored mental health problems.

Misdiagnosis Is Still A Concern

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When a mental health diagnosis is present, it can raise concerns about the accuracy of the diagnosis and which medications will work best. Mood disorders are often diagnosed as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and vice versa. For example, a client may express that they are unmotivated, distracted, and unable to complete tasks, leading them to believe they have ADHD, when in reality they are suffering from depression.

Additionally, conditions may be co-occurring, which can make it difficult to effectively identify where symptoms are coming from and how to treat them. While medication might sound scary at first, a psychiatrist can offer you an accurate diagnosis and long-term relief with the right medication.

Medication Management Services With Ample Grace Psychiatry

Once you decide to reach out to begin your healing journey, you will have the chance to answer questions to create a comprehensive history of your symptoms, additional medical information and circumstances, and any other medications you may take. From this point, we will meet for virtual sessions and complete a diagnostic that helps assess where you are today and how I can best meet your needs.

Here is a breakdown of the issues most of my clients sought help for:

  • Depression – a depressed mood and major depression involves a loss of pleasure in once desirable activities, fatigue, sadness, and feelings of hopelessness for weeks at a time.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) – this follows a traumatic event which the brain struggles to move on from. PTSD can involve flashbacks and moments where you believe the trauma is happening again, so you may experience the physiological symptoms of fear and anxiety.
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) – characterized by excessive worry about otherwise ordinary concerns, accompanied by ruminations and worst-case scenario thinking.
  • Bipolar Disorder – this usually involves periods of manic behavior with frenetic energy and impulsivity, followed by periods of depression, including lethargy and sadness. It generally includes unusual physiological and mood changes that flip flop in short succession over a few days or weeks at a time.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder – characterized by difficulty controlling your emotions, changing from highs to lows, and frequently shifting extreme feelings. Impulsive behaviors involving emotional bonds with people seem to be a common circumstance.
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – involves periods of inattention when you have trouble staying on task, hyperactivity when you constantly fidget and become restless, and impulsivity when you act before thinking things through.

I can usually diagnose your condition throughout these first few meetings and prescribe medication shortly after. However, not all clients require the same care, as everyone’s needs differ. It’s possible you would benefit from other approaches to therapy like EMDR or DBT before taking medication, but again, that depends on the circumstances and your presenting symptoms. I will work with you to determine which treatment methods will work best for you.

Follow Up Sessions Can Help Keep You On Track

If medicine is prescribed, the typical management plan is to have follow-up appointments every 2 to 3 weeks to check how you are feeling and adjusting. In some cases, weekly check-ins are necessary.

No matter what you are struggling with, Ample Grace Psychiatry can properly diagnose and treat you to help you get back in control of your life. You don’t have to be afraid to take this first step in your mental health care, especially if I prescribe medication. Psychiatric medications have worked for countless others, and by committing to and seeking help from a professional, relief from your condition is possible.

You Might Still Have Concerns About Medication Management…

I am afraid to start taking medication.

There are a variety of reasons why you may be afraid to start taking medication. Maybe you think that the side effects will be too difficult to deal with, or that you’ll be judged by others for taking it.

The good news is that stigma surrounding mental health care is becoming less and less an issue today, so you can take your medication confidently. Additionally, with the variety of medications available, we can find a match for you that does not give you concerning side effects and just lets you enjoy your life again.

How long will it be until I feel better?

Certain medications—especially those for depression and anxiety—might take up to 6 weeks to work, though you may notice a reduction in your symptoms sooner. Understanding this can hopefully ease your mind during the adjustment period, and attending follow-up appointments will help us stay on track and aware of your progress.

Will I be on medication for the rest of my life?

People often seek out psychiatric help because they are ready to find relief. What usually happens with the introduction of medication is you are finally able to build the rest of your life up to support your health and wellness, like eating well, sleeping well, and getting exercise.

If you put in the work to live a healthy and sustainable life while being treated with medication, you can choose to taper down from taking it once your mental health struggle is stabilized. This depends on the condition you have though, and any medication that gives you the freedom to live your life can be worth the small effort to take it as long as you need it.

Reach Out To Begin Medication Management

Please send your information and your request for medication management and therapy services with Ample Grace Psychiatry through my contact page. Let’s start your healing journey today.