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A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feelings, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. The goal of treatment is to improve a patient’s comfort and quality of life, and to do so with compassion and precision. We want to help you feel better and keep you feeling better. Prescribed medications play a key role in the treatment of co-occurring disorders and can reduce symptoms and prevent relapses of a psychiatric disorder.
Most medications are used in mental illness the same way that medications are used to treat high blood pressure or diabetes. After completing thorough evaluations, medications can be prescribed to help treat mental disorders. Psychiatric medications can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders. Patients on long-term medication treatment will need to meet with their prescriber periodically to monitor the effectiveness of the medication and any potential side effects.
Class of Medications
- Antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.
- Antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.
- Sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
- Hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.
- Mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.
- Stimulants – used to treat ADHD.
Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners often prescribe medications in combination with psychotherapy.
For a medication evaluation, schedule an appointment.