The Mandala Center provides systematic diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders within a healing environment. A client's past and current symptoms will be evaluated in order to create a customized treatment plan.
Psychiatric care involves the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. After completing a thorough evaluation, psychiatric practitioners prescribe medications to decrease symptoms and correct imbalances in brain chemistry.
These websites contain a plethora of information on psychiatric care and how it can improve a client's health and wellbeing.
American Psychiatric Association (APA)
APA's goal is to promote the rights and best interests of patients and those actually or potentially making use of psychiatric services for mental illness, including substance use disorders.
Maryland Psychiatric Society (MPS)
MPS wishes to establish and maintain an environment in Maryland which supplies excellent, comprehensive mental health resources for all its citizens.
Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry (MFP)
MFP serves as a clearinghouse for information about all aspects of psychiatry and as a bridge between psychiatric medicine and the general public.
WHY DO PEOPLE SEE A PSYCHIATRIST OR PSYCIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER?
Clients see a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse for many reasons. Some have chronic mental conditions like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Others simply have trouble coping with the many stressors of everyday life or need extra support to improve their lives. Many see a psychotherapist who suggested that medication might help with their condition. Psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses prescribe medications to reduce a client's symptoms and help them manage unwanted feelings and behaviors.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO BE SEEN?
The answer depends on many factors, including the stability of a client's symptoms, the complexity of their case, and the type of prescribed medication. Clients often see their provider on a frequent basis in the beginning stages of treatment. Once the medications astabilize, clients are seen less often. The frequency of follow-up visits can range from once every month to once every three months, depending on the client's treatment plan. The Mandala Center requires those receiving medication from our office to receive treatment from a psychotherapist (with us or elsewhere) to properly support a client's behavioral health goals.