Medication Management

At Sozo, Medication Management is a multifaceted tool with your wellbeing top of mind. It involves a partnership between your Sozo mental health professional and you. Your active involvement in your treatment greatly improves your chances of feeling better.
Elements of our integrative approach include:

Accurate Diagnosis

Before you begin medication therapy management at Sozo, you will sit down with one of our board-certified mental health professionals for an individualized consultation and evaluation. This allows us with your help to identify an accurate diagnosis based on information you share. This can come from your primary care doctor or other healthcare provider in the form of medical records as well as with what we observe and discuss during our consultation. An accurate diagnosis is the cornerstone of effective psychiatric medication management and will guide us in our collaborative effort to help you get better.


Creation of a Specific Treatment Plan

After we review your records, complete a thorough evaluation, and we answer all the questions you may have, together we will design a treatment plan. At Sozo, all our recommendations stem from evidence-based practices. Our goal in medication management services is to prescribe the least amount of medication at the lowest effective doses. We never want you to be too many medications that could potentially negatively interact with each other or cause unforeseen side effects.

Effectiveness of Medication

At Sozo, we specifically watch for effectiveness and potential side effects of any medication we prescribe. The hallmark of our approach is premised upon evidence-based practices.


Medicine may not be enough. At Sozo, we actively recommend that you also participate in some form of talk therapy. There are so many components to your mental health, self-discovery through interaction with a therapist can be a positive addition to medications. Talk therapy can be a key component to your comprehensive medication therapy management.

Length of Time

You may wonder if medication will be a permanent part of your life. It depends on a number of factors. Things such as the your specific diagnosis, the number of traumatic events you have had in your lifetime, and your day-to-day stressors you routinely navigate, can influence the answer to this question.

Medication Routine

Consistently taking your medication is crucial. And this can be accentuated by actively participating in talk therapy and being mindful of taking care of yourself physically. A positive routine can be as is important as the medication itself.

Frequently Asked Questions

Major depressive disorder is a condition which lasts two or more weeks and interferes with a person’s ability to carry out daily tasks and enjoyed activities that previously brought pleasure. This condition affects approximately 16 million American adults, or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older.1

The exact cause of depression is not known, but leading research in Neuroscience points to an imbalance in the brain’s neurotransmitters as the manifestation of depression. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that send signals between brain cells. A person’s genetic make-up and life history may also determine a person’s tendency to become depressed.

In 2016 a study conducted by the Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality reported that major depressive disorder will affect approximately 16 million American adults (about 6.7% of the US population) in a given year. 1

Yes. The National Institute of Mental Health maintains that, “Depressive illness can often interfere with normal functioning and cause pain and suffering not only to those who have the disorder, but to those who care about them. Serious depression can destroy family life as well as the life of the ill person.” A national study of depression found that nearly all the respondents who reported a major depressive disorder also reported that their social and/or work lives were negatively affected by their illness.1 In 2010, the economic burden of depression was estimated at $210 billion in the US2 and depression was the second leading cause of disability, accounting for almost 20% of all years of life lost to disability and premature death.3 Depression can also be a lethal disease. Each year in the US, over 30,000 people die by suicide, 60% of whom suffer from depression.4, 5

There is no known cure for depression but with effective clinical depression psychotherapy, many patients can remain symptom free. Approaching an efficient depression treatment center like Sozo Centers is the right step towards your mental health treatment.

IN SUMMARY, Sozo is here to help you find the peace of mind you deserve through effective diagnosis and treatment plans. The psychiatric medication management may include medications as well as therapy and other positive lifestyle changes. Your role is to be an active part of it all. Be open and active so that an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan can be designed with your specific wellbeing in mind and you are prepared and motivated to be actively engaged in it.

For more information on Medication Management see Medication Management and Safety Tips | Johns Hopkins Medicine

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