Medication Management Specialist

Human Touch Behavioral Health

Board Certified Psychiatrists located in Sacramento, CA & Elk Grove, CA

Psychiatric medication can help you get your symptoms under control so you can feel your best and succeed in treatment. At Human Touch Behavioral Health in Sacramento, California, board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Archana Trivedi provides medication management to support treatment regimens for a range of mental health conditions. To learn about how medication can help treat your condition, call Human Touch Behavioral Health today.

Medication Management Q & A

What is the role of medication in behavioral health treatment?

Medication can play a vital role in your behavioral health treatment plan and is often most effective when paired with therapy. Research suggests that some forms of mental illness result in part from a “chemical imbalance” in your brain. That is to say, your levels of neurotransmitters — chemicals that affect your mood and behavior — may be too high or too low.

Psychiatric medication works by targeting specific chemical imbalances, in turn relieving or significantly reducing your symptoms.

It’s important to recognize that medication doesn’t exactly cure mental illness and that many internal and external factors can affect your mental health beyond a chemical imbalance. However, with the help of medication, you can benefit more from your treatment program and feel more capable of addressing other factors that contribute to your mental illness.

What types of psychiatric medications are there?

Depending on your condition and symptoms, Dr. Trivedi may prescribe medications including:

Antidepressants

Antidepressants are a common treatment for depression and certain anxiety disorders. They can reduce anxiety, improve your mood, and generally help you feel like yourself.

Anti-anxiety medications

Certain classes of medications, including benzodiazepines and beta blockers, can provide quick relief from the short-term effects of certain anxiety disorders and panic attacks.  

Mood stabilizers

A common treatment for bipolar disorder, mood stabilizers help prevent the extreme high and low moods characteristic of manic and depressive episodes.

Stimulants

Stimulant medication can improve concentration in adults and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

If you have a substance use disorder, Dr. Trivedi may also prescribe a medication that reduces your cravings for alcohol or opiates or diminishes the effects of these substances.

How long does medication take to work?

Psychiatric medications may take several weeks to begin working, and it may also take that long to know for sure if a medication is right for you. This trial-and-error can be frustrating, especially if you experience side effects. Be assured that even if one medication doesn’t work for you, there’s likely another that does. Be sure not to stop taking a medication for any reason without consulting Dr. Trivedi.

Depending on your condition, medication may be a short-term treatment to help you get through a difficult period, or you may need to take it for the rest of your life. Though the thought of taking medication in the long term may concern you, the right medication can keep you feeling and functioning your best.

To schedule a medication management appointment at Human Touch Behavioral Health, call today.