Medication Evaluations

Some people are very against being on medications for mental health. Others just see it as a quick fix to their problems. It is important to know that medication can be a very useful tool when used correctly. When utilizing therapy and the right medication for you, the results can be beyond positive.

 

 

Different Types of Medications

 

  • Anti-Anxiety Medications- used to help reduce the symptoms of anxiety.
  • Antidepressants- most commonly used to treat depression. However, sometimes used for anxiety, insomnia, or pain.
  • Antipsychotics- for psychosis, meaning any conditions that affect the mind.
  • Mood Stabliziers- helpful for conditions that affect the mood, typically bipolar disorder.
  • Stimulants- helps your attention and alertness.

 

Medications are NOT a cure. They work the most effectively when they are part of an overall treatment plan. Also, be aware of any side effects and symptoms of certain medications.

 

 

Our Certified Psychiatric Clinical Nurse

 

Lois Nicholson earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Case Western University, Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. She also earned her certification in Adult Psychiatry as a Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist, as well as a certification to prescribe.
Lois Nicholson has been providing care for adults for 30 years in both patient and outpatient settings. She has extensive experience in treating adults with depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, OCD, addiction and co-occurring disorders. Lois does not treat ADD/ADHD. Ms. Nicholson has worked closely with psychiatrists and clinicians in providing a comprehensive and successful treatment plan.

 

 

What is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner? 

 

A Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner is also sometimes referred to as Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Very similarly to a Psychiatrist, Psychiatric Nurses are one of only a few mental health professionals who may prescribe psychiatric medication, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret laboratory tests and electroencephalograms, and may order brain imaging studies. They can act as a therapist, as well as treat symptoms with the appropriate medication.