The physical and emotional symptoms that mental health issues like anxiety and depression bring to someone’s day can be very disruptive. They often prevent an individual from performing normal functions, heighten their emotional state, and have negative effects physically. Medication therapy and management work to control or eliminate the imbalances in the brain that lead to the symptoms that someone is experiencing. It’s not an exact science, and it often takes making adjustments until the right balance is found.
Every individual is different, but common symptoms that medication
can help with include:
∙ Feeling sad or empty
∙ Having little interest or pleasure in doing things
∙ Experiencing a change in appetite with weight loss or weight gain
∙ Pain, aches, cramps, or gastrointestinal problems without any clear cause
∙ Trouble falling or staying asleep, or sleeping too much
∙ Being tired, fatigued, and having no energy
∙ Feeling worthless or guilty that you have let yourself or your family down
∙ Moving slowly or the opposite – being overly fidgety and restless
∙ Having difficulty thinking or concentrating
∙ Letting personal hygiene go – not bathing or not dressing w ell
∙ Recurring thoughts of hurting yourself or thinking that you’d be better off dead
∙ Restlessness, irritability, or feeling on edge
∙ Difficulty controlling worry or fear
It’s important to note that medications are not a cure and, if used, are typically one part of the overall treatment plan. Studies have shown that pairing medication with talk therapy or psychotherapy has the most effective impact. At Reliance Integrated Wellness Center, patients can be prescribed medicine without therapy, but it is typically more beneficial—for both the patient and the prescribing doctor—when used together.
Whatever the symptoms, we actively work with our patients to decide which plan will be the most impactful on their recovery.