Why medication alone does not work ;
When you have a headache, it’s easy to take a pill that makes the pain go away. However, if you have a mental illness such as depression or anxiety, which is a little different. Medication alone is not a complete treatment plan. The drug is not a cure.
If you experience anxiety or depression or even the rhythm of moods between mania and depression, which is characteristic of Bipolar Disorder , medication alone simply help control psychological symptoms.
Under these symptoms are the underlying issues that led to anxiety or depression or mood swings in the first place. This is where therapy and other forms of psychological and emotional support are needed in order to start making lifestyle changes necessary to bring the long-term health.
Research indicates that the combination of both drugs and therapy, produces the best results. This may be especially true for teenagers. Psychotherapy may be the place to explain why medication or other forms of treatment are necessary, and provide a clear explanation of the diagnosis of a teenager. Most teens are opposed to medication, and some do not want to participate in other forms of treatment such as group therapy or rehabilitation services. A therapist can help delineate the benefits of treatment and facilitate an ongoing open dialogue on these issues. Learn more about how different treatments along with medication can lead to a healthy recovery following this link .
With proper medication combined with therapy, the mood of a teenager can stabilize and he or she can return to a healthy level of functioning in school, home and work. The following forms of psychotropic medications often used with adolescents are presented. Others are antianxiety and antipsychotic medication.
During a depressive episode, or to avoid, you may be prescribed an antidepressant. They may be taken alone or in combination with other drugs, such as with mood stabilizers are discussed below. Although antidepressants are incredibly effective, they come with risks. For teenagers, in particular, it is essential to know that antidepressants can cause suicidal thoughts and even suicide attempts. This does not mean to dismiss antidepressants as a treatment modality, but to keep this risk into account when in a conversation with your child psychiatrist.
The mood stabilizer
Mood stabilizers are a common treatment medication for bipolar disorder and may help prevent swing from depression to mania or hypomania. However, not all mood stabilizer also be responsible for depression or mania. For example, lithium works more effectively to treat depression against manic episodes way, while the drug commonly referred to as Depakote works well in the treatment of mania. In fact, Depakote seems to be more effective in treating adolescents with four or more mood episodes per year (known as rapid cycling). Finding the right medication, or a combination of drugs, taking into account the particular circumstances of your teen is a necessary debate to have a psychiatrist. Also, as expected, lithium, Depakote, and other mood stabilizers come with side effects that are worthy of exploration before your teen starts any medicine.
Along with these drugs, forms of therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), and others are commonly used for depression, anxiety disorders bipolar adolescents. (See other articles on this blog for a deeper explanation of these forms of therapy.) When medication combined with therapy, there is a greater likelihood of reaching and maintaining mental health.
By Robert Hunt
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