Mental Health Medications

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Mental health medications are safe and effective.

Mental health medications are drugs used to treat mental disorders and conditions. They work by influencing the brain chemicals that regulate emotions and thought patterns. Mental health medications are often used in combination with other treatment approaches, such as psychological therapies. These medications can help reduce symptoms so that other methods of a treatment plan can be more effective. The different types of mental health medications fall into the following major categories: antidepressants, antipsychotics, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, and stimulants.

Learn about medications used for the treatment of depression and anxiety.

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We ensure that patients receive the best social support, access psychological counselling services and are prescribed the right medications for the treatment of depression. Modern antidepressants are highly effective and safe.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work by blocking the reuptake of serotonin into neurons, which makes more serotonin available to improve transmission of messages between neurons. This can improve mood. Examples of SSRIs include citalopram, escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft).

It is important to note that medication is not always necessary for treating depression, and that therapy and other non-medication approaches can be effective as well. Antidepressants can also have side effects and risks, and should only be used under the guidance of a qualified healthcare professional.

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Anti-Anxiety Medications

Research shows that psychological therapies are the best treatment option for people with anxiety. However, if symptoms are severe, medical intervention is required. Common medications used in the treatment of anxiety are antidepressant and anti-anxiety medications such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).

A successful treatment strategy enables you to manage your anxiety, preventing it from disrupting your daily tasks. The specific treatment approach will be determined by the type of anxiety you are dealing with. Numerous anxiety disorders exist, and it is crucial for the doctor to ensure that you are not having thoughts associated with depression or suicide. Your treatment will be tailored according to the intensity and duration of your symptoms.

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