What is Psychiatric Medication Management?
Psychiatric medication management therapy – or MTM – is a treatment system used by psychiatrists to ensure that patients receive optimal therapeutic outcomes for the prescription medications that they take.
Many of the most common psychiatric conditions are triggered by underlying genetic and biological causes. They are a result of complex processes that involve both the body and the mind. Medications can be a powerful asset that helps you regain a healthy balance of chemicals in the brain, but alone the results may not be sufficient.
Research shows that psychotropic medications in addition to psychotherapy are the most effective treatment for most psychiatric conditions. This is why we focus on providing you with sound therapeutic techniques and only add medication if it is in your best interest.
Our Treatment Process
During the initial evaluation, our psychiatrists utilize a full-spectrum model to treat and identify biological, genetic, psychological, and social factors that may be contributing to your condition. This often involves the use of laboratory testing, genetic testing, and psychological testing. This allows us to pinpoint your unique mental state and tailor a personalized treatment plan.
Our practice places a strong emphasis on psychotherapy as the foundation of treatment. Medications can help to support the benefits of therapy and improve a positive chemical composition in the brain. If medication is indicated, our psychiatrists will discuss with you the complete nature of your illness, the reasons why the medication will help, and the likelihood of improvement. We will always take care to explain in clear and understandable terms the type of medication being recommended and the risks, benefits, and possible side effects. You will be educated at each step in the process so you can have peace of mind that the treatment is being designed with your best interests in mind. When medication is prescribed the practitioner will monitor the dosage closely to determine how well the medication is working alongside therapy. If you are not responding to the medication, your doctor may utilize genetic testing to determine if genetic differences are contributing to your condition. If this is the case, treatment will be modified accordingly.
A Conservative Approach to Medication Management
Our practitioners understand the risks involved in prescribing medications and will always take a conservative approach to treatment with medication. It has been observed that many people being treated for a variety of psychiatric conditions are over-medicated and placed on treatments that are not evidence-based. Our psychiatrists understand the danger in this approach. We carefully evaluate and discuss your current treatment regimen with you based on evidence-based guidelines. Our goal is to get you back to feeling mentally stable. We put our patients first, so you can be sure you are getting treatment specific to your needs.
About Harbor Psychiatry & Mental Health
We believe outstanding healthcare is delivered when we merge the science of medicine with the compassion of our hearts. We refer to this as “head and heart together,” inspiring constant improvement and lasting success.
Psychiatrists Orange County CA
Psychologists Orange County CA
Address: 4631 Teller, Suite 100
Newport Beach CA 92660
Phone: (949) 887-7187