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Antianxiety Medications Explained

Antianxiety medications are used to help reduce the intensity and frequency of anxiety-related symptoms. There are many different classes of medications used to treat anxiety symptoms, ranging from SSRIs to benzodiazepines. Next, let’s look at the common antianxiety medications used to help treat anxiety disorders, along with common side effects and indications for use. Benzodiazepines

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Antidepressant Medications Explained

Antidepressant medications are believed to work by modulating the levels of serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine in the brain. It is common for a client to take more than one antidepressant medication at a time, particularly those who are experiencing severe, chronic, or atypical depressive symptoms. There are five main classes of antidepressant medications (Barnhart, 2021):

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Mood Stabilizer Medications

Mood stabilizers are often prescribed to manage symptoms of mood disorders, such as manic or depressive episodes. More specifically, these medications may (Soreff, 2022): Examples of mood stabilizer medications include (Nath & Gupta, 2021): Lithium Lithium is the preferred choice for treating recurring bipolar disorder. This drug is known to have significant anti-manic effects and

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Antipsychotic Medications

There are two general categories of antipsychotic medication. These are first-generation (formally known as ‘typical’) antipsychotics and second-generation (‘atypical’) antipsychotics. Both types affect the neurotransmitter dopamine, inhibiting its transmission. Second-generation antipsychotics also interact with serotonin and other receptor types. In general, second-generation antipsychotics are better tolerated (Chokhawala & Stevens, 2021). First-generation antipsychotics include (Chokhawala &

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Psychiatric Medication Basics

Psychiatric medications impact the chemical messengers that carry signals between brain cells (or neurons). These chemical messengers include neurotransmitters and neuromodulators, but medications that affect neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin) are the most common. The brain’s cells have receptor sites on their surface. When a medication reaches a receptor site in the brain, it can exert several

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Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder: Symptoms and Treatment

Complex Traumatic Stress Disorder (CTSD) is a condition that results from prolonged exposure to traumatic events, such as physical, emotional, or sexual abuse. Unlike Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), CTSD is characterized by a more complex set of symptoms that affect an individual’s sense of self and interpersonal relationships. The symptoms of CTSD can be debilitating

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Behavioral Psychotherapy: An Effective Treatment for Mental Health Disorders

Behavioral psychotherapy is a form of psychotherapy that focuses on modifying dysfunctional emotions, behaviors, and thoughts by interrogating and uprooting negative or irrational beliefs. This type of therapy is based on the principles of behaviorism, which suggest that all behaviors are learned and can be changed through conditioning. Behavioral psychotherapy is effective in treating a

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Ultimate guide to Personality Disorders

This ultimate guide explains personality disorders, including possible causes and how you can access treatment and support. Includes tips for helping yourself and guidance for friends and family. What are personality disorders? Our personality is the collection of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that makes each of us the individuals we are. We don’t always think,

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Whats the difference between Borderline Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder?

Some of the behaviors of people with Borderline Personality Disorder and those with Narcissistic Personality Disorder may look superficially similar to the untrained eye. They both have deeply entrenched highly emotional styles that can seem equally illogical to someone on the receiving end of their anger. When someone with BPD is screaming at you or

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