Psychiatric Medication Management

Online psychiatric medication management, provides easily accessible care leading to improved treatment outcomes, reducing the need for hospitalization or emergency room visits. It also helps people feel more satisfied with their healthcare experience.

What is telehealth psychiatric medication management?

Psychiatric medications such as antidepressants can play a role in treating mental health conditions and are often used in combination with therapy.

Medication management is the process where a licensed provider works with an individual to identify an appropriate treatment plan based on the individual’s needs. They work together to ensure that medications are used safely, effectively, and appropriately. This involves monitoring and evaluating the patient's medication regimen, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, and supplements, and ensuring that the benefits of the medications outweigh any risks.

During a medication management appointment, the Brave provider will review the patient's medical history and current medications, identify potential interactions and adverse effects, adjust medication or medication dosages, monitor the patient's response to medication, and provide education on how to take medications properly. They can also coordinate care with other healthcare providers if needed.

Psychiatric medication isn't a cure-all. While it can help, it's often best used along with other treatments like therapy or lifestyle changes. It's also worth noting that all medications have potential side effects and risks, so it's important to discuss the benefits and risks of psychiatric medication with a psychiatric nurse practitioner or psychiatrist before getting started.
Proper medication management can help improve patient outcomes, reduce hospitalizations and emergency department visits, and enhance patient satisfaction with their healthcare.

Who should consider online medication management?

Psychiatric medication can be beneficial in treating a wide range of mental health conditions by addressing the chemical imbalances that contribute to the symptoms of the condition. Brave Health sees patients with the following mental health conditions: 

Major depressive disorder: A mood disorder characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities.

Bipolar disorder: A mental health condition that causes extreme mood swings between mania or hypomania (an elevated or irritable mood) and depression.

Schizophrenia: A chronic mental illness that affects a person's ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. It can cause symptoms such as hallucinations, delusions, disorganized thinking, and disordered speech.

Anxiety disorders: A group of mental health conditions characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of fear, worry, and anxiety.

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): A mental health condition characterized by recurrent and unwanted thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions) and repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that a person feels driven to perform.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): A mental health condition that can develop after experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event, such as combat, sexual assault, or a natural disaster. It can cause symptoms such as flashbacks, nightmares, and avoidance behaviors.

What are the benefits of taking medication?

Psychiatric medications can be helpful in regulating mood, reducing anxiety, improving sleep, and reducing hallucinations or delusions. However, the specific medication and dosage will depend on the individual's diagnosis, symptoms, medical history, and other factors. The decision to use medication for mental health should be made in consultation with a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner.

The benefits of psychiatric medication can include:

  • Reducing symptoms. Psychiatric medication can help alleviate symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.
  • Improving the quality of life. By reducing symptoms, psychiatric medication can improve an individual's quality of life, enabling them to function better at work, school, and in their personal relationships.
  • Enhancing the effectiveness of other treatments. Psychiatric medication can also enhance the effectiveness of other treatments, such as therapy or counseling.
  • Preventing episode relapse. In some cases, psychiatric medication can help prevent relapse of depressive, manic, or psychotic episodes, particularly in individuals with chronic or recurrent conditions.
  • Lowering risk of harm. For some individuals, psychiatric medication can reduce the risk of self-harm, suicide, or harm to others.

What kind of medications do you prescribe?

Brave only prescribes medication proven effective to treat mental illness. We do not prescribe controlled substances such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium) or Hypnotics (Ambien, Lunesta). The types of medications we prescribe fall into one of the following categories. 

Antidepressants: Antidepressants are medications commonly used to treat depression and anxiety disorders. The most commonly prescribed types are SSRIs, SNRIs, and NDRIs. These medications can improve symptoms related to sleep, appetite, energy, concentration, and mood. 

Anti-Anxiety Medications: Anti-anxiety medications help reduce symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks and extreme fear and worry. Many medications commonly used to treat depression—including SSRIs and SNRIs—may also be used to treat anxiety. 

Antipsychotics: Antipsychotic medications are typically used to treat psychosis, a condition that involves some loss of contact with reality. Psychosis can be related to drug use or a mental disorder such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or severe depression. Antipsychotics can reduce symptoms, such as feeling agitated, hallucinations, and delusions. 

Mood Stabilizers: Mood stabilizers are typically used to treat bipolar disorder and mood changes associated with other mental disorders, such as depression (usually with an antidepressant), schizoaffective disorder, disorders of impulse control, and certain mental illnesses in children. 

Please note that we do not prescribe controlled substances such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan, Valium) or Hypnotics (Ambien, Lunesta) or Stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin). At this time we are not able to offer Medication Treatment (Suboxone). 

Is telehealth medication management safe?

Led by our Chief Medical Officer, Brave Health’s clinical team follows responsible, evidence-based best practices for prescribing psychiatric medication. We strive to deliver fast access to care and drive outcomes through treatment, integration, engagement, and medication compliance.

Medications can affect people in different ways, and it may take several tries to find the medication that is most effective with the fewest side effects. It’s important for people to work with mental health professionals to develop a treatment plan.

Check the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Medication Guides for the latest warnings, patient medication guides, and newly approved medications. 

Does Medicare or Medicaid insurance cover telehealth medication management?

Medicare and Medicaid do provide coverage for telehealth medication management services. However, there may be limitations on the types of medications that can be prescribed via telehealth.

How long is an online psychiatric medication management session?

At Brave Health, the first medication management intake session lasts about 60 minutes. After the first appointment, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners typically meet with patients for 20-30-minute sessions on our secure telehealth platform. The frequency of sessions can vary based on the individual's needs and goals.

How does someone get started in online medication management?

Individuals can begin medication management at Brave Health after completing an initial mental health assessment and/or a medication management intake.

During the medication management intake session, after a patient has signed an informed consent, the patient will meet with one of our licensed providers on a video call to review their current symptoms and health history and discuss medication options. Providers coordinate with the patient’s existing prescribing providers as needed. Our providers will provide ongoing support through regular check-ins and may make medication adjustments, or make refill plans, based on the individual’s response to the treatment plan.

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