Medications can be a necessary form of treatment for many patients who have mental health disorders, but it’s important to make sure you’re taking the optimal dose. Allison Sikorsky, PMHNP, of At Your Service Psychiatry, provides a medication management service that reviews all your medicines and offers invaluable therapy. Allison uses telepsychiatry, so you can talk to her online using a video link. At Your Service Psychiatry has its base in Bloomingdale, Illinois, but Allison has licenses to provide telepsychiatry services in 20 states nationwide. Find out more by calling the office or booking online today.
Medication management involves having an expert in psychopharmacology –– medications for psychiatric disorders –– review your current medications to ensure you’re taking the right drugs at the right doses.
For many mental health conditions, medications play a vital role in easing symptoms and helping with recovery. When you start feeling better, your medicines are likely to stay the same for a while, but it’s important to carry out regular reviews to see if you’re still on the right dose.
It could be that you don’t need to take all the medications you do if they’re not serving a purpose anymore. Or you could swap a drug that has the risk of unpleasant side effects for a newer one that is less risky.
Another consideration is the interaction between medications if you’re taking more than one. Even herbal supplements can change the way some medicines work.
If you’re taking psychiatric drugs, you can benefit from the expertise of psychiatric nurse practitioner Allison of At Your Service Psychiatry. She has specialist skills in the field of psychopharmacology, making her an ideal choice to review your current medicines.
At Your Service Psychiatry is different from other psychiatric practices because everything is done online. Your consultation takes place using a video link, so it’s like using Skype or Facetime to talk to friends and relatives.
Telepsychiatry is a far more convenient option because you don’t have the bother of getting to your psychiatrist’s office for your meeting. Allison can even change your prescription or write a new prescription for you using electronic prescribing technology.
In addition to prescribing medications, Allison can check your response to the current medicines you’re taking. She also spends time talking about other factors in your life outside of medicine.
Most psychiatrists only spend 10-15 minutes on a medication management appointment, but Allison does 30-minute visits with psychotherapy included. She also does paperwork for FMLA –– Family and Medical Leave Act –– and work disability and will write emotional support animal letters.
At Your Service Psychiatry can treat patients in 20 states, as Allison is licensed to practice in places as far apart as Colorado and Hawaii. The only exception is when treating patients who have ADHD. If you have ADHD, you need to live in Illinois to take advantage of the telepsychiatry services because of the current laws on telehealth provision.
Find out more by calling At Your Service Psychiatry or booking a medication management consultation online today.