Medication is frequently used alone or in conjunction with other services like psychotherapy to stabilize and/or eliminate the symptoms that accompany psychiatric disorders. All bodies and brains are different though, and medication affects each person differently. Dr. Mapatwana assists her patients in achieving and maintaining the optimal combinations of medications to allow them to lead happier, healthier lives.
Dr. Mapatwana may prescribe multiple types of medication, depending on your unique case. These are the general types of Psychiatric Medications available:
- Anti-Anxiety Medications: These medications help reduce the symptoms of anxiety, such as panic attacks, or extreme fear and worry. The most common anti-anxiety medications are called benzodiazepines.
- Antidepressants: Commonly used to treat depression, antidepressants can be used to treat other health conditions, including anxiety, pain and insomnia. The most popular types of antidepressants are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
- Antipsychotics: Antipsychotic medicines are primarily used to manage conditions that affect the mind, and in which there has been some loss of contact with reality, often including delusions or hallucinations. Antipsychotic medications are often used in combination with other medications to treat delirium, dementia and other mental health conditions.
- Mood Stabilizers: Mood stabilizers work by decreasing abnormal activity in the brain and are used primarily to treat bipolar disorder, mood swings associated with other mental disorders.
- Stimulants: Often prescribed to treat children, adolescents or adults diagnosed with ADHD, stimulants increase alertness, attention and energy. Stimulants also elevate blood pressure, heart rate and respiration.
It is important to collaborate with Dr. Mapatwana by discussing symptom changes, side effects or by asking questions that will lead to safe and effective utilization of medication.
If you have come to the decision with your treatment team to use any of these or other psychiatric medications, be sure that you:
- Tell Dr. Mapatwana about all medications and vitamin supplements you are already taking.
- Remind her about any allergies and any problems you have had with medicines.
- Understand how to take the medicine before you start using it and take your medicine as instructed.
- Don't take medicines prescribed for another person or give yours to someone else.
- Call your doctor right away if you have any problems with your medicine or if you are worried that it might be doing more harm than good. Your doctor may be able to adjust the dose or change your prescription to a different one that may work better for you.