In addition to short-term counseling services, UHCS offers psychiatric medication evaluation and short-term treatment. In order to provide comprehensive behavioral health care, our therapists and psychopharmacology clinicians work together, using a team approach.
If you or your therapist thinks psychiatric medication might be helpful to you, or you would like to discuss the option of medication, you may set up an initial psychopharmacology evaluation. This initial evaluation, scheduled for forty-five minutes, is an opportunity for the prescribing clinician to hear about your current issues and symptoms, and to assess if medication is appropriate. This visit is also a time for you to ask questions about psychiatric medication, learn about medication options, possible side effects, risks and benefits, as well as non-pharmacological options.
If you are already being prescribed medication prior to coming to Northeastern University, we encourage you to contact our referral coordinator as soon as possible at (617) 373-2772 for referral for ongoing psychiatric medication treatment in the local community. If you have begun your psychiatric medication at UHCS, once your condition has stabilized with medication and on-going, long term treatment is recommended, your prescribing clinician will discuss referral to an outpatient psychiatric provider.
Things to Consider When Making a Psychopharmacology Appointment
Should you chose to begin taking medication after you evaluation, you will be expected to attend follow-up appointments with your prescriber, scheduled according to your treatment needs. Medication refills are generally prescribed in face to face appointments, rather than over the phone, so it is important to keep these follow-up appointments. If you know you will be out of medication soon, please call UHCS at (617) 373-2772, option “1” well in advance of running out of medication to schedule an appointment.
You will need to have an initial UHCS evaluation in order to be prescribed medications or have any prescriptions renewed. If you have ever had medication treatment in the past, it is important to bring prior documentation. This allows for your best possible care and can help ease the transition process.
In addition to an initial evaluation appointment, treatment with stimulant prescriptions such as Ritalin, Adderall, or Concerta will require a medical evaluation and any information supporting an ADHD diagnosis including testing results.
Please note that UHCS clinicians generally do not consider potentially addictive and dangerous sedatives such as Xanax, Ativan, Valium and Klonopin to be first choices in treating anxiety. We consider addictive and potentially dangerous interactions prominently in our treatment decisions.