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Pharmacotherapy can be an effective treatment option for psychiatric disorders in adolescents. At the ViewPoint Center, managing psychotropic medications is part of their comprehensive treatment plan. They specialize in acute stabilization and comprehensive assessments.
During the initial assessment, the practitioner completes a comprehensive psychiatric diagnostic evaluation of the adolescent. Prior to initiating medications, parents are informed of the indications, risks, benefits and side effect profile of the medication they are considering.
Starting new medications, adjusting the doses of other medications or discontinuing medications altogether can be a necessary part of this stabilization/assessment process. This has to be done in a timely manner with a thoughtful approach.
Involving the adolescent
The adolescent is included in medication discussions. ViewPoint Center involves the adolescent in their own treatment because it can serve as an empowering experience. Studies show that if adolescents are included in their own treatment, they may be more likely to continue to take medications long term.
Many of the medications used may reduce or eliminate troubling symptoms and serve to improve daily functioning of adolescents with psychiatric disorders.
Ongoing evaluation and monitoring by a psychiatrist is an essential part of the treatment at the ViewPoint Center.
About ViewPoint Center
The ViewPoint Center, a mental health assessment center for teens ages 12-17, is located just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. With a program lasting 7-8 weeks, the ViewPoint Center provides superior assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and stabilization for teens struggling with mental and behavioral issues such as suicidal ideation, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders. In a safe, personalized environment, the ViewPoint helps teens focus on the healing process.