When you’re struggling with a mental health condition, you may benefit from psychiatric medication to manage symptoms while going through psychotherapy. Board-certified psychiatrist Renée Kohanski, MD, takes an individualized approach to care and offers medication management at RK Psychiatry Associates in Somerset, New Jersey, and Mystic, Connecticut. She uses genetic testing to help determine the best medication for you. To find out more about medication management, call the office nearest you or schedule an appointment online today.
Medication management refers to the use of psychiatric medications to manage the symptoms caused by a mental health condition. Medication tends to work best when combined with psychotherapy.
Dr. Kohanski is an experienced psychiatrist who takes a holistic and integrative approach to care. She understands the value of psychiatric medications for managing mental health needs. To ensure you get the best medication to ease your symptoms with the fewest side effects, she offers psychiatric medication genetic testing.
Genetic testing looks for genes that affect how your body metabolizes and uses medications. It’s not uncommon for patients to try a number of psychiatric medications at various doses before they find the one that works best for them.
With genetic testing and medication management, Dr. Kohanski eliminates the need to try multiple medications, helping you get relief faster.
Dr. Kohanski determines who benefits from medication management after a consultation. When you come in for psychiatric care, she conducts a thorough evaluation, assessing your medical and mental health to fully understand your needs and determine the right diagnosis.
She uses medication management for a number of mental health conditions, including:
Psychiatric medications ease the symptoms brought on by these mental health conditions, improving your response to psychotherapy.
The specifics of your medication management depend on your needs. Dr. Kohanski focuses on providing you with the treatments that best fit your individual needs.
After your initial consultation and genetic testing, Dr. Kohanski prescribes psychiatric medication based on your diagnosis. She schedules frequent follow-up appointments when you first start on a new medication to monitor symptoms and side effects and make changes as needed.
Once you’re on the right medication and dosage, she schedules medication management appointments less often. Depending on the type of medication you need, she may schedule appointments once a month or once every three months.
Dr. Kohanski also helps you wean off your medication when the time is right. You should never abruptly stop taking psychiatric medication because it may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as mood changes or body aches.
Some patients have chronic mental health conditions that require long-term medication management. Dr. Kohanski provides ongoing care for those who need it.
To schedule a medication management appointment at RK Psychiatry Associates, call the office nearest you or book one online today.