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While medication is often used in conjunction with psychotherapy for clients in order to help them work through their mental illness, medications can be dangerous if not administered and monitored correctly.

Medication management provides one-on-one care that allows for individualized treatment and regular check-ins with the patient, ensuring proper use of the medications prescribed. It also bridges the gap in healthcare, effectively communicating between multiple health care providers in order to ensure that no dangerous drug interactions exist. The National Pharmaceutical Counsel and American Hospital Association estimate 125,000 or more deaths yearly from medication mis-management, and this could be prevented by managing medications.

Our trained nurse practitioner is always available to assist in this process. Christine Dalton will ensure that you or your child are taking the medications to most effectively help your disorder, while also checking for harmful drug interactions, ensuring that you are complying with the treatment plan, and ensuring that no complications will occur.

Outpatient psychiatry is an alternative form of treatment for individuals who do not want to be hospitalized for their emotional or mental disorder. Outpatient psychiatry allows the client to continue on their daily patterns and activities but still seek psychotherapy therapy in order to control substance abuse problems, coping with daily challenges, or managing mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder, or personality disorders.

Also, outpatient psychiatry can be used as a transition from inpatient psychiatry, in order to help the client adjust and return to their normal way of life after being released from an inpatient facility. Because psychiatrists are able to prescribe and manage medications, outpatient psychiatry separates itself from traditional psychiatry by utilizing mood-stabilizing drugs to control chemical imbalances in the brain, therefore helping the client manage their mental illness while returning to daily activities and lifestyles.

As a trained nurse practitioner, Christine Dalton can effectively ensure proper dosing, can educate you on the adverse effects of the medication, especially if combined with drugs that could cause negative interactions, and can help you effectively plan your treatment in order to return to your normal activities. Her experience will make you feel comfortable and secure in the decision to begin medication as a treatment option. Though many people are often uneasy about adding medications to their therapy, the addition of proper medication can increase effectiveness of therapy significantly for clients with certain disorders.

Many people suffer from mental disorders and need assistance in coping with their symptoms. Outpatient therapy and medication management can help. According to data collected by the National Institute of Mental Health Disorders, It is estimated that over one quarter of American adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder, and almost 10% of Americans suffer from a depressive illness yearly, such as major depression, dysthymia, or bipolar disorder). Seeking help with Dalton & Associates can help.

Schedule an appointment with us today to get help with medication management. Our licensed nurse practitioner is dedicated and will ensure your success and safety with medication in treatment.

Call to schedule now or contact us today. Don’t wait!

Lexington Office: (859) 338-0466

Richmond Office: (859) 314-1281

Frankfort Office: (502) 352-2208

Emergency: (859) 294-7334

In case of severe emergency, please contact 911.
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Lexington, KY

Darby Creek Location
501 Darby Creek Road
Suite 11
Lexington KY, 40509
Phone: 859-338-0466
Fax: 859-294-0802

Duval Street Location
1092 Duval St.
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 523-7383

Frankfort, KY

105 Diagnostic Drive
Suite B
Frankfort KY, 40601
Phone: 502-352-2208
Fax: 502- 352-2209

Richmond, KY

5011 Atwood Drive
Richmond KY, 40475
Phone: 859-314-1281
Fax: 859-353-8032

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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