In a small percentage of cases, medication may be prescribed without a patient’s involvement in concurrent psychotherapy. Generally, this is done in relation to more chronic conditions where a patient has previously received psychotherapy and needs only to remain on psychotropic medication for continued symptom management and relapse prevention.
Sometimes when patients have difficulties that are causing some degree of functional impairment, the adjunctive prescription of psychotropic medication (antidepressants, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, etc.) may be indicated. In these instances patients are seen by the psychiatrists for an initial medication evaluation, or may be referred by a counselor or psychologist when the condition is severe enough to merit this intervention. If medication is prescribed, patients will be scheduled for follow-up medication management appointments for the duration of the period that they remain on psychotropic medication. Psychiatric medication services may be provided to patients indefinitely if needed.