Psychiatric medications, also known as psychotropic medication, play an important role in the treatment and management of mental illness.
Yet despite being commonplace, there are many myths surrounding the use and effectiveness of psychiatric medication.
What advice would a man give other men who are experiencing mental health issues? And how can family or friends support?
Five SANE Peer Ambassadors share their tips. Advice for men, from men, who know what it's like to live with and manage a mental illness.
People take psychiatric medications for a variety of conditions and for varying lengths of time – sometimes indefinitely. So it is not unusual for some people to consider coming off their medication, especially if they are feeling better or the side effects are making life difficult.
When someone experiences a mental health crisis, the treatment they receive often excludes them from the decision-making process. This can result in isolation, increasing their distress and aggravating symptoms.
So is this the best way to respond to a mental health crisis? And why isn’t the patient and their family consulted and included in the decision-making?