Medication Treatment And Management Specialist

O.C. Child and Family

Harry B. Rauch, MD

Board-Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist located in Irvine, CA

When your child is dealing with symptoms of mental or behavioral health issues, medication therapy may be a treatment option to consider. At his Irvine, California, psychiatry office, Harry B. Rauch, MD, ensures your child’s physical and mental health is his top priority, especially when medication is part of the treatment plan. Dr. Rausch offers a variety of medication therapies to treat conditions like depression and bipolar disorder and closely monitors the effectiveness of each therapy on your child’s well-being. Schedule a consultation online or by phone to find out more about mental health medications and management services.

Medication Treatment and Management

Why does my child need medications?

Medication may alleviate a number of conditions affecting your child’s mental health.

In cases where symptoms of a mental health disorder are serious or interfere with your child’s education or home life, Dr. Rauch may recommend medication therapy as part of a treatment plan. He may suggest medications for conditions like:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • ADD and ADHD

Dr. Rauch reviews your child’s medical and family history, as well as your child’s symptoms, to determine if medication is a safe treatment option.

What kind of medication therapies are available?

Dr. Rauch offers a variety of medication types to alleviate and manage your child’s mental health issues. Depending on your child’s diagnosis and the severity of symptoms, Dr. Rauch may prescribe medications like:

  • Mood stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Sleep medications
  • Anti-anxiety medications
  • Stimulants and nonstimulant medications

Treating a child’s mental health disorder isn’t solely based on medication therapies. Dr. Rauch typically combines medication with behavioral and cognitive therapies to achieve optimal results.

How much medication will my child have to take?

Dr. Rauch carefully reviews your child’s symptoms and medical history before recommending any medications. He may initially try other forms of therapy, including cognitive and behavioral therapies. If these treatments don’t alleviate symptoms, he may recommend trying medication.

As part of your child’s treatment, Dr. Rauch typically starts with a low-dose medication and adjusts the dosage accordingly, based on its success. It’s not uncommon for your child to try several types of medication until Dr. Rauch finds one that is most effective.

Dr. Rauch continually monitors your child’s health through routine appointments. He may request medical tests, including bloodwork, to evaluate the effects of medication on your child’s health.

It’s very important that all medications your child must take are given according to Dr. Rauch’s instructions. Stopping medication without his approval or support can result in additional mental and physical health complications for your child. If you have concerns about a medication, be sure to speak directly with Dr. Rauch during your child’s appointment instead of stopping it abruptly.

Find out more about the available medication monitoring services for mental health conditions, schedule an evaluation with Dr. Rauch online or by calling the Irvine office.