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Psychiatric Medication Services

Mental health is a complex interplay of biological and psychological factors.

For some individuals, medication can be a valuable tool in managing mental health conditions. With our team of experienced clinicians, we offer professional guidance and psychiatric support to help you achieve optimal outcomes.

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A Collaborative Approach to Mental Health Care

What sets Light On Anxiety apart is our commitment to a collaborative and patient-centric approach to mental health treatment. We understand that beginning or adjusting psychiatric medication, also known as psychotropic medication, can be a significant decision. 

Our psychiatric team works closely with our therapists to ensure the seamless integration of medication for anxiety with evidence-based Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. This comprehensive approach allows us to address both the biological and psychological aspects of your mental health, providing a customized treatment plan that assists you in reaching your treatment goals as rapidly as possible.

 

Getting Started With LOA Psychiatric Services

Light On Anxiety’s Psychiatric Services offer you a comprehensive and compassionate approach that goes beyond the ordinary. Our experienced psychiatry team offers a range of vital services, including:

You Have a Care Team on Your Side

At Light On Anxiety, our psychiatry team is dedicated to providing comprehensive care through a collaborative approach working in harmony to ensure seamless transitions and mental health support

From initial assessment through treatment and follow-up, we prioritize seamless hand-offs and collaborative decision-making. This ensures that each client receives consistent, high-quality care that adapts to their evolving needs, fostering a path to sustainable mental health and well-being.

Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners

Also known as PMHNP-BCs, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioners bring extensive expertise in diagnosing and managing mental health conditions working directly with our patients to offer personalized medication management services. 

Board-Certified Psychiatrist & Medical Director

Our Medical Director, a board-certified Psychiatrist, works with your mental health care team to provide medical oversight and integrated treatment planning.

CBT Therapists

Our CBT therapists specialize in evidence-based cognitive-behavioral therapy, addressing the psychological aspects of mental health to promote lasting change and resilience.

Empowering Your Mental Health Journey

Our Psychiatric Services, combined with our comprehensive CBT treatment, offer a unique and powerful approach to supporting your mental health. 

Together, we can help you navigate your treatment journey and empower you to achieve lasting positive change.

frequently asked questions

The right psychotropic medication regimen can help you obtain freedom from anxiety and depression.   

The most commonly prescribed medications for anxiety include SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) like sertraline (Zoloft) and escitalopram (Lexapro), SNRIs (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors) such as venlafaxine (Effexor) and duloxetine (Cymbalta), and benzodiazepines like alprazolam (Xanax) and lorazepam (Ativan). It’s important to consult with a healthcare provider to determine the best medication plan for your individual needs.

Here are a few helpful tips to make the process of taking medication for anxiety as easy and stress free as possible:
  • Schedule an appointment with a healthcare provider who specializes in mental health to discuss your symptoms and concerns.
  • Be Honest and Open. Share your full medical history, including any other medications or supplements you’re taking, to ensure a safe and effective treatment plan.
  • Understand Your Options. Ask about the different types of medications available, their benefits, potential side effects, and how they might interact with your lifestyle.
  • Start Slow. Often, medications are started at a low dose and gradually increased. 
  • Monitor Your Progress. Keep track of any changes in your symptoms, both positive and negative, and communicate these to your provider.
  • Be Patient. Finding the right medication and dosage can take a bit of time. Give yourself grace and stay committed to the process.
  • Stay Informed. Learn about your medication, including how it works and what to expect, to help you feel more in control of your treatment.
  • Combine with Therapy.  Medication is often most effective when combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Prioritize Self-Care. Maintain a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, and adequate sleep to support your overall well-being.

Watch the video on Getting Started: https://youtu.be/O4Bet3E8YA8?si=uYkgmXG5QFxpLzxp

 

Medication can play a crucial role in the treatment of anxiety disorders by helping to balance neurotransmitters such as serotonin and norepinephrine, which can improve mood and reduce anxiety. By alleviating anxiety symptoms, medication can help individuals carry out daily activities more effectively and improve their overall quality of life.  In addition, medication can make it easier to engage in and benefit from therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), by reducing the severity of symptoms.

When it comes to treating ADHD, the most commonly prescribed medications fall into two categories: stimulants and non-stimulants. Stimulants like methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) and amphetamines (Adderall, Vyvanse) are often the first line of treatment because they help increase attention and decrease impulsivity and hyperactivity. 
 
Recognizing the signs of ADHD is crucial for seeking appropriate treatment. Common indicators include difficulty sustaining attention, frequent careless mistakes, trouble organizing tasks, and a tendency to avoid activities that require sustained mental effort. Hyperactivity symptoms might include constant fidgeting, inability to stay seated, excessive talking, and running or climbing inappropriately. Impulsivity is often seen in behaviors like interrupting others, blurting out answers, and having trouble waiting for one’s turn.
 
If these symptoms sound familiar, seeking treatment can make a significant difference. Medication can improve focus, organizational skills, and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity, leading to better performance at school or work and more positive interactions with others. If you or someone you know is experiencing these symptoms, Light On Anxiety is available to provide a thorough evaluation and discuss potential treatment options.
 

Chat with a care manager to learn more about psychiatric medication management services.

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