Psychotic and Mental Health Medications( Drugs)
The information you will find here is meant as a guide to better
inform you. Most medications have side effects, and if any of these concern
you please talk this over with your doctor.
Many times people let the fear of side effects keep them from
taking medications they need that will help them. We want to note that you should
discuss this with your Dr before deciding to discontinue your medications. In
any circumstance you should discuss it with your Doctor before discontinuing
them on your own. Some medications can have withdrawals and should only be discontinued
under a Doctors care.
Anytime you go to any doctor always tell them the exact medications
you are taking so as to not cause any conflicts with a newly prescribed medication.
If you have a need to take OTC (over the counter) medications for ANYTHING, always
ask you doctor to see if it safe to mix them.
Self-medication can be dangerous. Interpretation of both signs and symptoms
of the illness and side effects are jobs for the professional. The prescription
and management of medication, in all cases, must be done by a responsible physician
working closely with the patient and sometimes the patient's family or other
mental health professionals. This is the only way to ensure that the most effective
use of medication is achieved with minimum risk of side effects or complications.
Oftentimes an individual is taking more than one medication and at different
times of the day. It is essential to take the correct dosage of each medication.
An easy way to ensure this is to use a 7-day pill box, available at the prescription
counter in any pharmacy, and to fill the box with the proper medications at
the beginning of each week.
Anyone can develop a mental illness you, a family member, a friend, or the
fellow down the block. Some disorders are mild, while others are serious and
long-lasting. These conditions can be helped. One way an important way is with
psychotherapeutic medications. Compared to other types of treatment, these medications
are relative newcomers in the fight against mental illness. It was only 41 years
ago that the first one, chlorpromazine, was introduced. But considering the
short time they've been around, psychotherapeutic medications have made dramatic
changes in the treatment of mental disorders. People who, years ago, might have
spent many years in mental hospitals because of crippling mental illness may
now only go in for brief treatment, or might receive all their treatment at
an outpatient clinic. Psychotherapeutic medications also may make other kinds
of treatment more effective. Someone who is too depressed to talk, for instance,
can't get much benefit from psychotherapy or counseling; but often, the right
medication will improve symptoms so that the person can respond better. Another
benefit from these medications is an increased understanding of the causes of
mental illness. Scientists have learned a great deal more about the workings
of the brain as a result of their investigations into how psycho- therapeutic
medications relieve disorders such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, obsessive
compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.
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