Psychiatry and Medication Management


Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the treatment of mental health conditions through mental health services. Since psychotherapy is now primarily provided by psychologists and social workers, psychiatrists have increasingly focused on the medical aspects of treating mental health conditions. This includes assessment, prescription, psychiatry and medication management, ordering and interpreting necessary lab work and coordinating care with other physicians who may be treating a patient for other health conditions as well as coordinating care with other mental health professionals.

What We Do

NAL offers child, adolescent and adult psychiatry/medication management. Specialty areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Disorders (with or without Agoraphobia)
  • Mood Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Developmental Disabilities

Our psychiatric prescribers are trained in different backgrounds and all have the same capabilities to assess, diagnose, treat and prescribe for psychiatric disorders.

  • Psychiatrists: Our psychiatrists have gone through medical school and chosen to practice in the specialty area of psychiatry
    • Medical Doctor (MD) Medical doctors are trained with a focus on the classical form of medicine, diagnosis, and treatment of human diseases
    • Doctor of Osteopathy (DO): Osteopathic doctors are trained with a focus on preventative care, looking at the whole body instead of just treating specific symptoms
  • Physician Assistants (PA): PAs are certified health care professionals that have completed a master’s program
  • Nurse Practitioner: (NP) NPs have completed their master’s or doctorate degree in nursing
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): CNSs are Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and have completed their master’s or doctorate degree in nursing

For more information on our programs and scheduling, please contact our coordinators.

Forms for this program can be found on our Patient Forms page by clicking here.

 

Telepsychiatry

NAL offers telepsychiatry which allows patients to meet with psychiatric medication providers for medication management over a security monitor in real time. Learn more about telepsychiatry here.

telepsychiatry session with psychiatrist

Nystrom & Associates Prescribing Guidelines Regarding Controlled Medications
Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. will not certify patients for medical cannabis. If you are using cannabis or cannabinoid based products, certain prescribed medications may not be appropriate for you. Furthermore, if your choice to use cannabis is believed to be worsening your psychiatric condition, we may elect to end care with you. If you are interested in learning more about medical cannabis we suggest you contact your primary care clinic or your insurance provider.

  • Controlled substance medications have the potential for misuse. They are intended to improve function and/or ability to work and are not simply to feel good.
  • Our providers may not prescribe standing doses of benzodiazepines with stimulant medications.
  • Our providers do not prescribe pain medication or medical cannabis.
  • If you are taking narcotic pain medication, medical cannabis, or are abusing drugs or alcohol our providers may not prescribe controlled medications to you.
  • If you are pregnant or have certain medical or psychiatric conditions, controlled medications may not be appropriate for you.
  • Your medication provider may request records from other medical providers, permission to talk to family members, drug screens and other laboratory tests, psychological tests, and may review the state-controlled medication profile, before starting or continuing controlled medication.
  • Drug screens, laboratory test, and counts of remaining pills may be requested while you are taking controlled medications, and must be completed within 24 hours.
  • Our providers must follow Nystrom & Associates, Ltd. maximum dosing guidelines for controlled medications used to treat ADHD and when prescribing anxiety. Medications such as Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, and Ativan.
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