Is Psychiatric Medication Management Right For You?
Are you or your child suffering from ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar or any other psychiatric disorder? Has your therapist or counselor recommended you consider medications? Maybe you’ve tried medications from your primary care provider in the past with limited success. Are you concerned that your current symptoms are getting worse? One in five Americans now live with a mental health condition. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, the situation has only gotten worse.
Psychiatric medications can make a dramatic improvement in your recovery, but you need a specialist with experience in correctly diagnosing your condition and finding the best medications to help you in your healing process.
Norm Jacobowitz, APRN and Mary Fisher, APRN are licensed to provide Psychiatric Medication Management, Psychotherapy, Psychoeducation, and other behavioral health services. In general, your care will be restricted to Psychiatric Medication Management and Psychoeducation.
ADHD usually responds to medications to some degree, but for adults, full relief usually requires ADHD coaching or executive functioning training in addition to the medication.
Treating Anxiety can be a challenge. Medications can help, but alone are almost never enough to ease all your symptoms. Psychotherapy, regular exercise, stress reduction, sleep, and engaging in pleasurable activities (like hobbies) are all part of a complete treatment program.
Depressive Disorders (Major Depressive Disorder or “Unipolar Depression”)
Depression can respond to medications, but medications are almost never effective without psychotherapy, regular exercise, or other techniques like meditation. In severe cases, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Ketamine Treatment, or Electroconvulsive Therapy can be used.
Bipolar disorder almost always requires medications to treat effectively. Treatment is important because severe mood symptoms can be very disruptive or lead to serious problems for you and those around you.
OCD can be devastating, with a physical and mental toll on sufferers. OCD can require high dosages of medications in addition to behavioral modifications and psychotherapy to control.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
PTSD can stem from any form of traumatic experience, such as motor vehicle accidents, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, and combat experience. While medications can help with some symptoms, psychotherapy is the main form of treatment.
Psychiatric medications can help with mild sleep problems related to other psychiatric disorders, but Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-I) is the best treatment. Primary sleep disorders or parasomnias and sleep apnea are generally treated by a sleep medicine specialist.
Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders & Schizoaffective Disorder
Schizophrenia is a devastating illness with poor prognosis if not treated early and correctly. Medications are the main focus of treatment along with lifestyle management and psychoeducation.
Other disorders for which psychiatric medications are shown to be beneficial
This office treats psychiatric conditions only, but sometimes the medications prescribed can help with other conditions, for example migraine, tics, hypertension, and more.
Meet Mary Fisher, APRN
Mary earned her Nurse Practitioner (MSN) degree at University of Virginia, where she currently holds a faculty position. She is licensed as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Family Nurse Practitioner. She has over thirty years experience caring for patients both inpatient and outpatient settings. She manages care for patients across the life span, from ages 10 and over. She specializes in child & adolescent as well psychiatric needs of the medically complex.
Meet Norm Jacobowitz, APRN
Norm earned his Nurse Practitioner (MSN) degree at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia in 2010 and completed further studies at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. He’s nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (PMHNP-BC) and is licensed to prescribe psychiatric medications in Virginia. Norm treats adults age 18-64 for conditions ranging from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to schizophrenia spectrum disorders.
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