Medication Evaluation and Management

Individuals who typically consult for medication management in mental health include those experiencing persistent or severe symptoms of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, OCD, trauma, and insomnia. They may also include individuals who have not responded well to other treatments, such as therapy alone, or who require medication to manage their symptoms effectively.

During a psychiatric medication consultation, individuals can expect a thorough assessment of their mental health status, symptoms, and treatment history. The consultation typically involves:

1. **Initial Evaluation:** The final nurse practitioner will conduct an initial evaluation, which may include asking about symptoms, medical history, family history of mental illness, and any previous treatments or medications.

2. **Discussion of Symptoms:** Patients will have the opportunity to discuss their symptoms, including their severity, duration, and any factors that may exacerbate or alleviate them.

3. **Medication Discussion:** The nurse practitioner will discuss potential medication options, including their benefits, risks, and side effects. It's important to note that medication is not always recommended, and other treatment modalities such as therapy or lifestyle changes may be suggested.

4. **Determining and Assessing Level of Care Needed:** The nurse practitioner will assess the severity of the individual's symptoms and determine the appropriate level of care needed.

5. **Collaborative Treatment Planning:** Patients and the nurse practitioner will work together to develop a personalized treatment plan that may include medication, therapy, lifestyle changes, or other interventions.

6. **Education:** Patients will receive information about their condition, how medications work, and what to expect during treatment. This may include instructions on how to take medications, potential side effects to watch for, and when to follow up with the psychiatrist.


Lisa Anderson, MSN, PMHNP-BC

LISA ANDERSON earned her Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania before completing a Master's program in Nursing Administration at LaRoche College in Pittsburgh, PA. Following this, she accomplished an additional Master's program in nursing, earning her license as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) at Regis College in Weston, MA.   She brings over 30 years of extensive nursing experience to her credentials, including ten years in public health school nursing. Her diverse background encompasses training across various settings, including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, adolescent and adult inpatient facilities, and community healthcare settings.   She offers medication consultations and management of psychiatric health issues, including ADHD, depression, anxiety, eating and mood disorders, PTSD, and OCD. Her approach prioritizes alleviating symptoms, bolstering coping mechanisms, and directing individuals toward stability and fulfillment in their lives.   Populations served: Adolescents and Adults   Current openings   Contact 774-260-6861

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