Wellbeing Coaches Help Clients Understand Their Medication
Personal attention helps alleviate anxiety and sets you on the path to health
Modern medicine has presented us with countless wonder drugs to defeat deadly diseases and ease the symptoms of chronic conditions. But medications that can profoundly affect your body and/or mind have to be carefully managed, or you risk debilitating side-effects that can sometimes be worse than the disease. Certain conditions, such as ADHD, stroke, or bi-polar disorder, make it difficult to manage a drug regimen. Apprehensions about dependency, or other emotional issues can also discourage patients from closely following their treatment plan.
But, with the help of a Wellbeing Coach, you can get a greater understanding of your medications, talk through your concerns, spot red flags, and then raise issues cogently with your treating physician. With personal attention from your coach, you get immediate feedback and peace of mind.
Common difficulties managing medication
Many of our Wellbeing Coaches™ work in the healthcare field as nurses, therapists, dietitians, and in other professional roles, so they are familiar with the burdens a drug regimen often places on a patient. Our coaches are prepared to help with a number of common difficulties patients encounter when dealing with medications, including:
- Recognizing side-effects – Many drugs have potential side-effects ranging from mild to severe and even deadly. But it’s not always easy to tell if you’re suffering a side-effect or a symptom. In the case of certain psychotropic drugs, the meds you take to elevate your mood can actually cause thoughts of suicide, so spotting side-effects can literally be a matter of life and death. Talking over what you’re experiencing with a Wellbeing Coach helps you clarify your experience, so you can raise your concerns articulately with your healthcare provider.
- Scheduling medications – Elderly patients, and others whose conditions cause mental confusion, can have a difficult time managing multiple prescriptions with various doses and different times for taking them. A Wellbeing Coach can propose effective strategies for organizing medications and reminding you when to take each dose.
- Staying on the program – If you are taking meds for a psychological issue, such as ADHD, bi-polar disorder, or depression, an improvement in your condition can tempt you to “go off your meds.” Combining your drug regimen with coaching sessions improves your chances of sticking with your program and having long-term success.
- Avoiding interactions – If you’re taking multiple prescriptions for various ailments, you have to be very careful about drug interactions. Your prescriber or pharmacist should warn against potentially dangerous interactions, but it’s often up to the patient to recognize an emerging symptom as an interaction they’ve been warned against.
- Persistence of symptoms – Not every drug is effective for every patient. If the drug that’s been prescribed for you is not helping, there may be alternatives that would suit you better. Unfortunately, when a patient has been told that a drug is appropriate for the condition, having the drug fail can be discouraging. But, rather than let you persist with an ineffective drug, a Wellbeing Coach can prepare you to address your concerns with your prescriber.
Sessions with your Wellbeing Coach provide the reassurance you need when you need it, so you can continue on the path to good health.
Choose a certified Wellbeing Coach today to help manage your medications
If you’re having difficulty managing a prescription drug regimen, you’re certainly not alone. But if you want to maintain or recover your health, mismanaging your prescriptions is not an option. Fortunately, a Wellbeing Coach can provide the guidance and encouragement you need to get the most out of your treatment program. Contact a coach today.