Psychotic and Mental Health Medications( Drugs)
Not Cure Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without clearing up the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic
medications act by controlling symptoms. Like most drugs used in medicine, they correct or compensate
for some malfunction in the body.
Psychotherapeutic medications do not cure mental illness, but they do lessen its burden. In many cases,
these medications can help a person get on with life despite some continuing mental pain and difficulty
coping with problems. For example, drugs like chlorpromazine can turn off the "voices" heard by some
people with schizophrenia and help them to perceive reality more accurately. And antidepressants can
lift the dark, heavy moods of Depression. The degree of response ranging from little relief of symptoms
to complete remission depends on a variety of factors related to the individual and the particular disorder
being treated. How long someone must take a psychotherapeutic medication depends on the disorder. Many
depressed and anxious people may need medication for a single period perhaps for several months and
then never have to take it again. For some conditions, such as schizophrenia or manic-depressive illness,
medication may have to be take indefinitely or, perhaps, intermittently. Like any medication, psychotherapeutic
medications do not produce the same effect in everyone. Some people may respond better to one medication
than another. Some may need larger dosages than others do.
Some experience annoying side effects, while others do not. Age, sex, body size, body chemistry, physical
illnesses and their treatments, diet, and habits such as smoking, are some of the factors that can influence
a medication's effect.
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