An Introduction to Mental Health Medications

Mental Health Medications

Mental Health Medications

Psychiatric medications are medications that are used in order to treat mental disorders such as bipolar disorder (also known as manic – depressive disorder), depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders. Often times these medications are used in conjunction with psychotherapy or counseling.

To understand psychiatric medications better you have to understand the types of medications that are used to treat the different mental disorders, the directions for taking such medications, and the possible side effects that may be found with each type of medication. You also need to understand the different warnings posted on particular medications by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Diagnosis of mental disorders should be left to his psychiatric professional. If you are concerned that you or someone you love suffers from a psychiatric disorder you should contact a mental health professional and set up an appointment. Only psychologists can prescribe medications. Psychiatrists are therapists that are on able to prescribe medications. If you are concerned that you may need medication make sure that you set an appointment with the appropriate physician.

Before you schedule an appointment with a mental health care provider be sure to make note of the symptoms you are feeling and when they occur. It may help for you to keep a journal or notebook of some of the incidents so that you can present them to your mental health care provider at your appointment. Having this information will help him to accurately diagnose any psychiatric conditions.

Another thing you need to take with you is a list of family history and your medical history. Should you need psychiatric medication this information will play a part in what he decides to prescribe for you. It also does not hurt to take a list of questions that you may have concerning medications and drug interactions so that you are prepared in that event.

In the event that your doctor does prescribe psychiatric medications, familiarize yourself with the FDA’s website. The FDA is regularly updating warnings, side effects, and uses for many medications. By familiarizing yourself with the website you can ensure that you get the latest information on any drugs you may be prescribed.

This booklet does not provide information about diagnosing mental disorders. Choosing the right medication, medication dose, and treatment plan should be based on a person’s individual needs and medical situation, and under a doctor’s care.

Medications frequently have two different names. You should familiarize yourself with what the generic name is, for example fluoxetine. This will help you in the event your pharmacy gives you the generic version versus the name brand. You should also know what the most common namebrand version of this medication is. For example fluoxetine is the generic version of the namebrand pill Prozac. Side effects for the generic and for the namebrand medication will be the same. By understanding what the generic name is, it will be easy to locate new warnings, information, or side effects that may be posted on the FDA’s website.

Taking psychiatric medication can help you to control the symptoms that you are feeling. Psychiatric medications do not cure mental health conditions, as there is no cure for these types of illnesses. You may only take psychiatric medication for short period of time. Other medication is designed to be taken over a longer span. Your doctor will be able to guide you through your healthcare medication and ensure that you are taking the appropriate dosages. You need to be able to communicate with your physician about side effects and how the pills are working.

 

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