Mental health problems are largely medical, meaning that many illnesses are diseases/disorders that have effective medications to help with symptoms and lead to recovery.
Medication affects everyone differently, so what may work for one person may not work for someone else. Whether or not medication is a good route to take for you personally should be discussed with your doctor or psychiatrist.
Before taking any medications for mental health problems, be sure to discuss potential side effects and warning signs with your family doctor or psychiatrist and/or pharmacist and be sure to read the insert information provided to you.
Never stop taking your medication without the supervision of your doctor or psychiatrist. Quitting medications abruptly could cause an extreme spike in symptoms, which could lead to crisis.
The American Mental Wellness Association does not specifically endorse or recommend any specific medication. We strongly advise that all medication be discussed thoroughly with your doctor or psychiatrist.
Before taking a new medication:
Antidepressants are a commonly prescribed medication that works to correct a chemical imbalance in the brain. Antidepressants are usually prescribed to treat depression, but are sometimes used to treat anxiety or sleep disorders.
There are several different types of antidepressants. The most popular types of antidepressants are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs. Another type is called serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, or SNRIs, and a third common type is called Bupropion, which is often used to treat Seasonal Affective Disorder and smoking cessation.