I always place a big emphasis on encouraging my patients to report side effects to me as soon as possible (I'm on call 24/7!). I do not like to see people suffer from taking medication that is supposed to help them feel better. Furthermore, some side effects can be dangerous. Sometimes psychiatric medications can cause nausea, disruptions in sleep or appetite, headaches, rashes, or can make someone feel like a "zombie" as many would describe it. The goal of psychiatric medication management is to maximize the benefit of the medication and minimize or eliminate side effects. Strange side effects can happen that can scare people such as hand tremors or problems with memory. The first step is to try to avoid side effects by safe medication prescribing and good decision making. The second step is careful monitoring by asking if someone is experiencing common side effects or anything out of the ordinary. Finally, my duty is to be there along the way to help people get rid of side effects as quickly and safely as possible so that people can continue on their road to recovery!
Mental Health Care for Children, Adolescents, and Adults