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    Medication in Mental Health – What You Need to Know

    For many people, the decision to take medication for a mental health problem is a big one. Lots of questions and often lots more hesitation makes it difficult to sort out the important points. So, how do you go about getting the information you need and want?

    For starters, it helps to feel comfortable with your provider. Having a good alliance will make the conversation easier and help stave off any anxiety you might have. Next, clearly convey your need to be part of the decision-making process— the decision to take medication to be a joint effort. This will allow you to feel a part of the process and get you the information you want. You probably are prepared with some standard questions. Start by introducing those questions that are most prominent in your mind. Your provider will step in and give details where needed.

    Things to keep in mind when making the decision to take medication include:

    1. Purpose of the medication
    2. Potential side effects
    3. Risk/benefits
    4. Long term effects
    5. Length of treatment
    6. Alternatives to medication

    Once you have made the decision to start medication there are a few more points to consider. Keep in mind that no two people respond the same way to the same medication—–it is not one size fits all. So, there may be some trial and error involved in finding the right medication for you. Be patient! Most people find the right medication on the first try, but if this is not you, do not be overly concerned. Next, it is also important to understand that most medications take time to have their desired effect. Some medications may not have their full effect for up to six weeks. During this time, your provider may suggest more targeted psychotherapy or other modalities as indicated. Again, patience is crucial.

    Once you have found the correct medication and it is working to help you feel your best, it is time to consider the importance of regular follow-up. This is the way your provider checks in to see how you are doing with medication, making adjustments as needed, and allows you the opportunity to ask even more questions.

    Staying educated and informed about your mental health and its treatment are great ways to feel good!


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    Hey Everyone,

    If someone is taking anti anxiety medication regularly for a couple years, do they need to let their camp (they are going as staff) know in the medical forms? How serious and important is it that they list it? Or can they just not put it down?

    what do u guys think?

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    Ari Sytner

    What a great question!

    I would like to provide two perspectives for you to consider as you make this decision:

    1. When a camp accepts our children, they take responsibility for their wellbeing. In order for the camp to be able to best keep our children safe, it really is important that they know what they are dealing with. Should a camper or counselor who is on medication have an unexpected reaction, such as a seizure or sudden hospitalization, the camp really must know what medications may be in their system to be able to best treat them and keep them safe. At the end of the day, the risks of not telling the camp are far more dangerous than disclosing the medication.
    2. Additionally, it may be helpful to keep in mind that today, is far more common than ever for people to take medications for conditions such as anxiety, ADHD or depression. When a person is managing their symptoms well, they are generally able to function like everyone around them and the camp will not likely be phased by the fact that your child is medicated. Therefore, there should be little-to-no fear attached to notifying the camp.


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    I believe it’s it’s critical to note when some one is on any type of medication as a preventative safety measures in case of emergency . Plus today there is so much awareness of children and Teens on meds that why shouldn’t they have the best outcome in the summer with thier meds be it as a camper or as staff

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