Psychopharmacology and Medication Management
The decision of whether or not to prescribe psychiatric medication is a very significant one. There are many misconceptions about psychiatric medications, especially for those prescribed to children and adolescents. Dr. Still makes communication and education the cornerstone of his practice. He will work diligently to educate patients and their families about their problems or any diagnosed illness, and he will explain any questions and concerns that may arise.
Medications may be prescribed if indicated, but they are only one element of a treatment plan and are not used in all cases. Dr. Still is conservative and deliberate in his approach to medication management of psychiatric illness, and he will commonly incorporate psychotherapy and non-medication, alternative options to tailor a treatment plan for each individual patient.
At appropriate times, adding medication to therapy can be critical to success. Medication may decrease harmful behaviors and thoughts and may even be necessary to regain mental and physical wellbeing. Some medications work very quickly to reduce anxiety and hyperactivity. Other medications, especially those for mood disorders like depression, can take many weeks or months to become fully effective. Once a medication is started, adjustments will be made accordingly. Close contact in between sessions with phone calls and timely follow-up sessions every two weeks are typically required after initiating a medication. The frequency of these visits will decrease based on the outcome of the treatment.