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Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

To take or not to take psychiatric medicine? That is the question.

Far too many people answer yes and take meds they don’t really need for problems that would get better just with the passage of time and/or brief counseling. More than 20 percent of Americans are on at least one psychotropic drug (sometimes several), too often not for real mental disorders, but for transient emotional distress or for the demoralization that comes from difficult life circumstances.

When prescribed loosely, meds provide little benefit, risk harmful side effects, distract attention from solving the real life problems, and reduce people’s trust in their own resilience and the help they can receive…

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 Psychiatric Medicines Are Not All Good or All Bad

There are risks on both sides. Staying on meds can cause serious complications, particularly if the person gains substantial weight on them. But going off meds can be a path back to illness and all of its dire consequences.


BehaveNet is the Web’s most comprehensive freely accessible encyclopedic taxonomy of psychiatric drugs (including drugs of abuse), diagnoses (including diagnostic criteria), terminology and notable people with references to associated media and other resources.

Commonly Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

Listed here are two tables of commonly prescribed psychotropic mediations. The first table is a listing of medications based on their psychiatric use. This table includes brand names and their generic form in parentheses. The second table provides a cross-reference by generic name.


Here you'll find detailed information on the usage, dosage, and side-effects of various psychiatric medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics and antianxiety medications.


Drug Reference for FDA Approved Psychiatric Drugs


Within this section, you will find general information about some of the most commonly-prescribed medications for mental disorders. This information includes proper use of the medication, common side-effects, and the interactions the medication may have with other medications or over-the-counter drugs.


Comprehensive List of Drugs by Trade Name, Generic Name,& Canadian Name

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