Do all Mental Illnesses Require Medication?

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Medications are often used for people with mental illness because it helps them clear their mind and focus solely on their recovery. Some medications come with side effects, which can be particularly challenging, however. Side effects may include drowsiness, dizziness, confusion, irritability, nausea, and more. Medications work differently with each person, and not everyone needs medication. According to Mayo Clinic, the following are the most common forms of medications that individuals may take for their mental illness:

  • Antidepressants: Often used to treat depression, anxiety, other conditions, this medication assists with feelings of sadness, hopelessness, lack of energy, difficulty concentrating, and lack of interest in activities.
  • Anti-anxiety medications: Typically used to treat anxiety disorders, anti-anxiety medications are often prescribed for short-term relief because they can cause dependency.
  • Mood-stabilizing medications: These types of medications are often used for people with bipolar disorders, as people with this disorder often experience episodes of mania and depression. They may also be used along with antidepressants to treat depression.
  • Antipsychotic medications: Antipsychotic medications are often used to treat psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. They may also be used to treat bipolar disorder and/or depression.

Mental Health America emphasizes that medications do not cure addictions but rather help a person manage their symptoms. The severity of your symptoms and how strongly they are affecting your day-to-day life is often how you and your doctor can determine if you need medication or not. If you don’t want or need medication, there are other treatments that you can use such as psychotherapy, case management, support groups, holistic practice such as yoga, peer support, and much more. Your doctor may even recommend you utilize some of these methods of treatment in addition to taking medication; they typically work well together.

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) states that if you do opt for medication, make sure that you tell your doctor other medications or vitamin supplements you are taking, tell them about any allergies that you may have, ask questions and make sure you understand dosage, and call your doctor right away if you are experiencing any symptoms of concern.






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