Psychiatric Medication Management in Chicago

Should I take psychiatric medication?

At Lakeview Center for Psychotherapy, we think of medication as a part of therapy, not as a “cure” in itself. Some people have biologically-based conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. If you have one of these, you may need need to stay on medication. Other people go through periods when taking medication for a short time can help you cope. Medication give you a break from painful symptoms.  It can also be a “bridge” to help clients get more from psychotherapy.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) is an advanced practice registered nurse trained to provide a wide range of mental health services to patients and families in a variety of settings. PMHNPs diagnose, conduct therapy, and prescribe medications for patients who have psychiatric disorders, medical organic brain disorders or substance abuse problems. Our nurse practitioner affiliates collaborate closely with your Lakeview therapist as part of your therapeutic team. Talk with your therapist about whether a psychiatric medication consultation could be helpful.

Working with your psychiatrist

If you are already seeing a psychiatrist before beginning therapy at Lakeview Center, we will collaborate with them to make sure all of your your mental health needs are being met. We know that medication is more effective when coordinated with psychotherapy and work closely with psychiatrists as a team. Read more about psychodynamic psychopharmacology here.

To set up an appointment to discuss medication with one of our psychiatric nurse practitioners, please contact us or visit our therapist page.

Please view the video below to learn more about medication.