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Mental Health and Medication
Medication can support mental wellness by decreasing symptoms and increasing stability for day to day functions. There are seven categories for medications that treat mental health disorders inclusding: antidepressants, stimulants, anti-psychotics, mood stabilizers, depressants, anxiolytics and psychedelics. The most commonly prescribed are antidepressants and mood stabilizers. Both are used to treat depression and anxiety disorders.
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(Information provided is from the National Institute of Mental Health)
(Information provided is from a collective of resources that you can find at the bottom of this page to get more information about medication.)
Diagnosis: Medication for specific mental health conditions addresses certain symptoms. Having the incorrect diagnosis can lead to having the incorrect medication. This can worsen your overall health. When communicating to an internal doctor or a psychiatrist be honest about all of your mental health symptopms and observed behaviors. It will allow you to be perscribe the best option of medication.
Side Effects: Most medications have side effects. Knowing the side effects can help you weigh your options. If you are unclear on unsure about the side effects, ask your psychiatrist or internal doctor before making a decision.
Group Effort: Medication is a part of maintenance and works best in collaboration with therapy, self-care, and taking care of your physical health.
Finances: Some medication can be expensive, check with your health insurance to see if the type of medication is covered. It's okay to ask if a generic version is available and discuss its effectiveness.
Interaction with other medications: Some medications can cause dangerous reactions when taken with other medications. Communicate about ALL health conditions you have.
Take Consistently: Take your medication consistently and at the correct dose for better results at treating and decreasing symptoms.
Don't get discourage: When first taking medication you may start to see improvement in a few weeks, but it may take longer for it to be fully effective. Talk to your internal doctor,psychiatrist or therapist if side effects or symptoms worsen. Your doctor can work with you on potentially finding a medication that is a better fit.
Ressources for additional information:
Mental Health America
National Alliance on Mental Health
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