Upon arrival at Menninger, each patient receives a thorough psychiatric, medical, psychological and psychosocial diagnostic assessment. These evaluations help the treatment team integrate an appropriate blend of individualized therapeutic interventions.
Team members share assessment findings in order to form an integrated picture. Diagnostic understanding is a dynamic process, and the treatment team
shares information regularly to update its view of the patient’s core issues and other important information. Increased understanding leads to changes in treatment approaches. This process includes input, of course, from the patient, family and referring health care professionals.
Medication Philosophy & Treatment at Menninger
The use of medication, if needed, is discussed in detail since patients need to make the ultimate decision about what to put in their bodies.
A psychiatrist is the team leader of each treatment team and works with the patient and other team members to establish an effective medication regimen.
Upon admission, the patient meets with their psychiatrist for an initial assessment of medication needs. The medication regimen is reassessed twice weekly. Patients receive education regarding medication, intended effects and side effects so that they can participate in self-monitoring and are prepared to assume responsibility for their medication after discharge.