Medication Management

Medication Management services offered in Fairfax, VA

Many people that struggle with symptoms of a mental health condition benefit from psychiatric medication. The team at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group in Fairfax, Virginia, provides medication management. That includes helping you find the right medication and dose to manage your symptoms and regular follow-up appointments for monitoring. To find out more about medication management at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Medication Management Q&A

What is medication management?

Medication management is one of the mental health services available at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group. The team includes psychiatrists who prescribe and monitor the use of psychiatric medication to manage mental health conditions.

Psychiatric medications ease symptoms of mental health disorders and are an important part of many treatment plans. However, there are a number of psychiatric medications that treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms. No single medication works for all people, even those with the same diagnosis.

At Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group, the team works closely with you through medication management, helping you find the psychiatric medication that eases your symptoms without causing unwanted side effects. 

Who benefits from medication management?

Anyone struggling with symptoms of a mental health condition may benefit from medication management at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group. Some of the conditions the team treats include:

  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
  • Mood disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Postpartum depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia
  • Addiction
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Trichotillomania

Prescription psychiatric medication usually works best when combined with psychotherapy. However, not everyone with a mental health condition needs medication. 

What can I expect from medication management?

You can expect patient-centered care when you visit Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group for medication management. Before making any specific recommendations, your psychiatrist completes a thorough evaluation to assess your psychological and physical well-being.

The purpose of the evaluation is to fully understand your health condition and symptoms to get you the right medication. Your provider at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group talks to you about the type of medication you need and how it works. 

They start you out on a low dose and schedule a follow-up appointment within a week or two to monitor symptoms and side effects and make adjustments. If you tolerate the medication, they increase the dose until you reach the amount that provides the best relief from symptoms with the fewest side effects. 

Your provider schedules regular follow-ups to monitor your mental health, symptoms, and how well your medication is working, refilling your prescription as needed. 

You continue on medication management at Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group for as long as you need to take psychiatric medication. Some people only need psychiatric medication for a few months, while others may need medication for several months or years.

To schedule a medication management appointment, call Northern Virginia Psychiatric Group or book one online today.