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Medication for Mental Health

Medication is one of many treatments available to help you manage a mental illness. If you and your healthcare provider decide to use medication, they will prescribe you something to help reduce your symptoms. There are a lot of options and it may take testing out a few different medications and/or dosages to find a good fit. Knowing what is available to you and how those medications work can help you get a better idea of where to start.

General medication information

Infographic: Medications & your body
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Learn more about medications by group

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)
Atypical antidepressants
Serotonin & norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
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Tricyclic antidepressants
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Atypical antipsychotics