Medication Management

Sometimes, talk therapy works best for people in combination with medication management. It’s important to get a full picture of your mental health, from a medical perspective. The dedicated team at Thriving Center of Psychology provides comprehensive medication management for patients in New York and California (more locations coming soon!). Learn more by booking an appointment online today or calling to speak with a team member.

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Medication Management Q & A

What is Medication Management?

When a Psychiatrist or Nurse Practitioner prescribes medication, the upkeep of the prescription is known as “medication management.” Medication management is a collaborative process where a psychiatrist/nurse practitioner and a client discuss how a previously prescribed medication is working. During this conversation, certain recommendations might be made such as: increasing a dosage, decreasing a dosage, changing medication, or keeping medications and dosage exactly the same.

What are common psychiatric medications?

  • Antidepressant Medications – medication for depressive symptoms, but can also help with anxiety or ADHD. The most commonly used antidepressant medications are Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI).
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Venlafaxine (Effexor XR)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • Citalopram (Celexa)

Anti-Anxiety Medications – Acute and chronic cases of anxiety disorders

  • Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium)
  • Clonazepam (Klonopin)
  • Buspirone (BuSpar)
  • Lorazepam (Ativan)
  • Beta Blockers

Stimulant Medications

  • Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine)
  • Methylphenidate (Concerta)
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
  • amphetamine/dextroamphetamine (Adderall)

Antipsychotic Medication- used for acute and chronic treatments for psychosis or psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, and distorted thinking.

  • Aripiprazole (Abilify)
  • Clozapine (Versacloz)
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa)
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel)
  • Risperidone (Risperdal)
  • Ziprasidone (Geodon)

Common myths about medication

Psychiatric Medication will make me an addict
Excluding anxiolytic medication, most psychiatric medication is non addictive. Drugs that are known to be addictive produce feelings of euphoria, an intense desire to continue using the drug, and require a higher dosage in order to achieve a similar effect the more you use them. This is not true for psychiatric medications.

Psychiatric medication will change who I am as a person
Some people believe that psychiatric medications may change their personality and who they are as a person. Psychiatric medications, however, do not change who people are but help decrease the barriers of mental health so people can live a fulfilled life.

All of our prescribers at Thriving Center of Psychology are experts in their field and all of our Psychiatrists are Board Certified. Quality of care is our utmost priority and we make sure our clients are educated and given all the tools to be successful in their everyday lives.