PSYCHIATRIC MEDICATION MANAGEMENT
Medications may be prescribed by your psychiatrist to help with mood, attention, or organization of thinking. Florida law and good medical practice dictates that patients on medications should be evaluated by the physician at regular intervals and whenever a change in status occurs. After several visits to assure that the effects of the medication are effective and stabilized, medication management visits typically run 15-20 minutes during which time the psychiatrist reviews the effects and side effects of the medication and makes adjustments as necessary. Counseling/psychotherapy in addition to this time may also be provided depending upon the needs of the patient.
At CMPS, there is a team approach philosophy based on extensive research literature which documents that the most effective treatment of many emotional disorders is a combination of psychiatric medication management and psychotherapy. In almost all cases, your psychiatrist will work together with your psychotherapist to monitor medication effectiveness, side effects, and overall treatment progress. The benefit of your psychiatrist working in the same offices as the psychotherapist is that there is a level of inter-communication which is not generally found. This allows for face-to-face communication of information to address any critical emotional and/or medication issues which need immediate attention and resolution.