MEDICATIONS IN PSYCHIATRY
The aim of using medication in psychiatry is to achieve an overall reduction in distress. Better understanding of brain function has resulted in more effective, better tolerated and targeted treatment, though the scope to improve effectiveness and minimise undesirable effects remain. Medications in their effectiveness are aided immensely by suitable therapy.
Do I need to take medications to help with my difficulties?
Not all disorders or difficulties in life need medications or respond to medications. There might be better ways to treat certain disorders i.e by therapy, relaxation techniques, problem solving strategies, exercise, dietary changes etc. Psychiatrists are trained to first evaluate the need for medication and advice any other strategies that might be more beneficial.
There has been tremendous research and refinement in psychological therapies in their variety and effectiveness. Overall benefit depends on various intrinsic and extrinsic factors. There are many kind of talking therapies which therapists use to help individuals deal with their difficulties. Therapists can choose components of various therapies to achieve desired outcomes based on their training and experience, and assessment and need of individuals accessing therapy. Many kinds of therapies are practised in Australia i.e. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dynamic Therapy etc. We have made a brief description of these therapies in the following paragraphs.