Some clients may benefit from medications to alleviate their symptoms.  This is a personal decision and does not have to be decided at the first few sessions. 

If we decide that trying a medication would be right for you, I will see you as needed (usually every 1-4 weeks) until your symptoms have resolved.  You can then either have your primary care physician refill your medications or follow up with me every 2-3 months. 

My routine practice is to write prescription(s) to cover your needs until your next appointment.  My practice is generally to only refill medications during appointments.  This way I know how you are responding to the medication and can identify any need to change.  There should be no need for phone refills if you keep your regularly scheduled appointments or reschedule promptly.  If you do not have enough medication to last until your next apointment please call your pharmacy and ask them to fax me a refill request.  Medications are refilled when I am in the office on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Controlled medications are only filled at appointments. 

If at any time you experience a problem with your medication please call my office.  For life-threatening emergencies please call 911.  For less severe emergencies that still require immediate medical attention please call your primary care physician.



 

Massachusetts General Hospital Women's Mental Health

Click on the above website link to view a range of current information including discussion of new research findings in Women's Mental Health and how such investigations inform both therapy and treatment with medication.