it comes to your emotional health, you might feel out of control.
Sometimes, you are. This is because you might have a chemical imbalance
in your brain, or an inability to produce certain neurotransmitters.
That is why your provider might prescribe a specific medication
to help regulate your mood, or your mental health. Medication is
your only option, and should be accompanied by consistent therapy
and close monitoring. Your provider will tell you if you are a
candidate for this medication, but it’s important that you avoid self-prescription.
Even though you might here a lot about these drugs in the media and
in advertisements, you need to realize that they are serious medications
that have major impacts on your health. Usually, your provider won’t
prescribe medication for your mental health unless it is absolutely
Antidepressants are prescribed for patients with mild to serious
depression that is treated with medication usually lasts more than
two weeks at a time and seriously affects your day-to-day life.
When you are prescribed an antidepressant medication, your provider
will also recommend a combination with psychotherapy. Psychotherapy
is the same thing as “therapy” and entails talking
to a licensed professional about the aspects of your life that
might contribute to depression. Antidepressants make it easier
for your brain to receive certain neurotransmitters, or chemicals
that stabilize your emotions. Many antidepressants have negative
side effects, including loss of sex drive and weight gain. If you
are considering a prescription, it is important to evaluate the
side effects in your decision and to think about whether you’re
o.k. with the possibility of those side effects.
The FDA recently
issued a Public Health Advisory that warns about a possible link
between antidepressants, especially in the beginning
stages of medication, and suicidal tendencies. Although the risk
is low, it is still very important that you keep in close contact
with your provider and make your friends and family aware that you
are beginning a medication that might contribute to suicidal thoughts
and behavior. If suicidal thoughts become overwhelming or continue,
medication should be changed or stopped immediately.
Antianxiety Medication is prescribed to treat patients with consistent anxiety, which
is indicated by such symptoms as irritability, apprehension, jumpiness,
irregular or fast heartbeat, nausea and breathing problems. Anxiety
is often manifested in such disorders as obsessive-compulsive disorder
(OCD), panic attacks, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and
These are central nervous system depressants that relieve symptoms
of anxiety within a short period of time. There are relatively
few side effects, but drowsiness, confusion, fatigue and loss of
are common reactions to the medication. For this reason, it is
advised that you don’t drive or operate heavy machinery while
on benzodiazepines. Furthermore, these drugs can react negatively
and have serious and
dangerous effects when mixed with alcohol and illicit drug use.
Antipsychotic and antimanic medications are for serious mental conditions
such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. These drugs
side effects and should only be prescribed in extreme situations.
If you are diagnosed with a serious mental condition and have
been prescribed an antipsychotic or antimanic drug, you should meet
with your provider on a regular basis to maintain your treatment
make sure that the drugs are effective and to ensure that you
using them correctly.