About Medications

Individuals faced with mental illness are often prescribed medication as part of their treatment plan and healthcare teams develop plans best suited for each patient's needs. Medication does not cure mental illness, but it can be effective in managing symptoms associated with mental illness.

Common types of psychiatric medication include antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics (anxiety disorders) and mood stabilizers. They can be used alone or combined to treat different symptoms of mental illness, and your team of healthcare professionals will decide the appropriate type and dosage for you.

It is important to take your medications regularly to prevent relapses and hospitalizations. However, some medications may produce unpleasant side-effects, which could cause you to stop taking them. Please continue to take your medications regularly until you can speak with your doctor or healthcare professional.

Mental illness is similar to other illnesses where an individual may require lifelong medication as part of their treatment plan. Discuss any questions or concerns you may have about your medications as well as other treatment options with your healthcare team.

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