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Psychotropics are prescribed to treat mental health disorders requiring medication management.  If a psychotropic is prescribed, a follow up appointment is scheduled 2 weeks after the initial or comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to assess benefits, side effects, or adjustments that are necessary.  It is never assumed that psychotropics are the answer for all mental health disorders.  The length of medication management will depend on several factors including the diagnosis, associated factors, and how long the symptoms have been present.  When the agreed upon length of time on psychotropics has been achieved, mental health recovery has been established, and complaints minimized or resolved, then options for continuance or tapering off of medications will be presented


It’s never assumed that once psychotropics are no longer needed to manage symptoms, that psychiatric follow evaluations are not needed for monitoring of diagnosis and treatment options if needed.  Remember that each person’s treatment is individualized and that a reasonable amount of time between appointments is required to allow for adequate practice of certain psychotherapeutic interventions, including enough time to assess effectiveness of psychotropics.  Collaboration with a psychotherapist and/or medical providers is always favorable for ongoing psychiatric treatment.


Psychotropics include, but are not limited to the following classes of medications:

  • Antidepressants

  • Anxiolytics

  • Sedative Hypnotics

  • Mood Stabilizers

  • Anti-psychotics

  • Stimulants / Non-stimulants

  • Homeopathic Medicinal Alternatives

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