Learn more about yourself and your condition with expert psychiatric services including diagnostic assessments and medication management for a variety of mental health disorders. Our advanced practice psychiatric nurses are doctorally prepared professionals who apply nursing theory that enlists a holistic approach to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. Dr.Olson and Dr. Szabo use a variety of psychiatric assessment techniques, counseling services, and education to help clients understand their diagnosis, treatment options, and health behaviors to improve overall wellness.

Follow-up medication management appointments range from 20 – 30 minutes depending upon complexity, individual needs and questions. Attention is paid to current symptoms, stressors, life events, and other mental health care related issues. When necessary, your provider may order labs, sleep studies, or other types of tests such as neuropsychological or psychological testing. Based on individual goals, there may also be discussions about diet – including vitamins and supplements, caffeine, alcohol and other substances, exercise, and the use of leisure time.

When needed, medications can be a powerful tool in the treatment of mental illness.

Frequently Asked Questions about Medication Management Services:

Will these medications change my personality?
No. Medications do not have the power to change one’s personality. They do have the power to change how one feels and behaves. For example, when anxiety is calmed we can think more clearly, be more productive, and relax more easily. Medications also have the potential to cause side effects. Most side effects are mild and resolve shortly after one’s body gets used to having the medication in its system. If side effects are persistent or severely uncomfortable, then your provider needs to be made aware so that either the dose can be adjusted or the medication changed. Everyone’s body is different. This is why is it important to maintain regular contact with your mental health provider who will assess safety and ongoing necessity for the medication.
Are psychiatric medications addictive?
With the exception of some anxiolytics, sedative-hypnotics, and psychostimulants, the majority of psychotropics do not cause addiction. Addiction is a psychological need or excessive desire for something that produces a sense of escape, or a “high.” When somebody is addicted to something, that person will do whatever it takes to ensure that he or she has that “thing” that produces the sought-after effect. When medications are used as prescribed, even those that have the potential to be abused, it is unlikely that addiction will occur.
What are the side effects of these medications?
Every medication has its own individual profile and potential for side effects. Depending on what you have been prescribed, your mental health care provider will instruct you about the most common or serious side effects of that particular medication. If you have questions about your medications, do not hesitate to ask your provider, who can give you the most accurate information and help you decide if the side effect is serious enough to do something different with the medication, such as a dose adjustment or discontinuation. It is important to always consult your provider before you stop taking your medication, as symptoms can sometimes worsen with abrupt withdrawal.
Once I start medication, will I ever be able to get off of them?
This is a complicated question, because each individual is unique. In general, it is recommended that people stay on medications for at least 9-12 months after symptoms have gone into remission or resolved. Some individuals need to stay on medications longer. This is an important conversation to have with your mental health professional and another reason why ongoing medication management is necessary to determine whether or not medication is indicated.
Can my primary care provider prescribe psychotropics?
Yes. Primary care providers do prescribe psychotropic medications. However, many primary care providers recommend that a specialist manage this type of medication. Psychiatrists and psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioners have specific expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. Psychotropics are a complex group of medications with many nuances that take prescribing beyond a science into an art. Just like someone with heart problems sees a cardiologist or someone with diabetes sees an endocrinologist, someone with a psychiatric disorder should see a psychiatric specialist.

There are many different types of medications that are used to treat mental disorders. As a group, these medications are known as psychotropics. Sometimes, medications that are indicated for other health conditions may also be used to treat specific symptoms associated with certain disorders or to augment the effects of a psychotropic.

Medications do not necessarily offer a cure, but they can greatly improve one’s ability to function and succeed in obtaining a higher state of wellness. Unfortunately, there are common misconceptions about psychotropic medications that need to be corrected.

The most commonly prescribed psychotropics include:

  • Antidepressants
  • Anxiolytics
  • Antipsychotics
  • Antimanics or mood stabilizers
  • Sedative-hypnotics
  • Psychostimulants

We are located near the intersection of Zachary Lane & Weaver Lake Road in Maple Grove. We are easily accessible to those in the surrounding communities of Osseo, Rogers, Plymouth, Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park, Champlin, and Minneapolis. We welcome you to our office and look forward to knowing you!

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