Medications are used to treat the symptoms of mental disorders such
as schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder (sometimes called manic-depressive illness), anxiety disorders, and attention deficithyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) Sometimes medications are used with other treatments such as psychotherapy.
This guide describes:
-Types of medications used to treat mental disorders
-Side effects of medications
-Directions for taking medications
-Warnings about medications from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
This booklet does not provide information about diagnosing mental disorders. Choosing the right medication, medication dose, and treatment plan should be based on a person’s individual needs and medical situation, and under a doctor’s care.