In the mental health world, when we say “Psychiatric Care” we are basically referring to the process of being evaluated for and possibly treated with medication in relationship to a mental health diagnosis. “Psychiatric Evaluations” and medication treatment must be performed by a Psychiatrist or Clinical Nurse Specialist, who specializes in the practice of medicine as it relates to the mental health field, or by another medical doctor, possibly a family physician, internist, pediatrician, or nurse practitioner. Lotus Group is pleased to be able to provide psychiatric care and services to our clients.
When it comes to finding a good psychiatrist, there is good and bad news. The bad news is good ones are difficult to find. For whatever reason, good psychiatrist are far and few between. As the President of Lotus Group, and having been in the mental health field for over twenty years, I can honestly say I have met many more psychiatrists I would never refer to than those I would. The good news is we have two…not just good, but great psychiatrists, as well as a clinical nurse specialist, all of whom can evaluate and prescribe medication when it is appropriate. In general, I would describe our approach to the medication part of mental health as conservative. We do not want someone taking medication unless they truly need to. Medication treatment, when appropriate, is often times a good combination with all varieties of therapy.
When considering medication as treatment for a mental health diagnosis or in conjunction with therapy, a thorough evaluation is the place to start. Our psychiatrists and nurse specialist spend an hour evaluating each new client. Once evaluated, a client should expect thorough follow up appointments to make sure a client is adjusting to the medication properly, and to determine if the use of the medication is much more positive than negative. This is where Lotus Group shines. Our professionals perform 30 minute medication management sessions, when most places do them in 5, 10, or 15 minutes. You should question the quality of care being provided in a 10 or 15 minute medication management session.