Top Drugs for Mental Health

Top Drugs for Mental Health

Mental health drugs treat conditions that affect emotional, psychological and social well-being. Doctors frequently use mental health drugs in combination with various forms of therapy to help people manage these conditions.

ADHD Medications

ADHD drugs reduce symptoms and improve functioning for people with ADHD. The most common ones work by boosting levels of brain chemicals involved in thinking and attention.
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Anti-Anxiety Medications

Anti-anxiety drugs help people manage anxiety disorders, often in conjunction with cognitive behavioral therapy. Some are meant for short-term relief of symptoms, while others can be used long-term.
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Antidepressant Medications

Antidepressants help people manage depression and its symptoms, often in combination with psychotherapy. These drugs work by balancing brain chemicals that play a role in mood stability.
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Antipsychotic and Anti-Mania Medications

Antipsychotic drugs are lifelong treatments for people who suffer with psychosis, which involves some loss of contact with reality. They affect brain chemicals to relieve symptoms and improve quality of life.
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Sedative and Hypnotic Medications

Sedative and hypnotic drugs are for short-term management of sleep disorders. They enhance the effect of a brain chemical to help people get to sleep, stay asleep, or both.
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