The National Institute of Mental Health, other Federal agencies, and private research groups are sponsoring studies of these medications.
Some people may respond better to one medication than another. You and your family can help your doctor find the right medications for you.The list should include herbal teas and supplements such as St.John's wort, echinacea, ginkgo, ephedra, and ginseng.Medications for mental illnesses were first introduced in the early 1950s with the antipsychotic chlorpromazine. These medications have changed the lives of people with these disorders for the better.
Psychotherapeutic medications also may make other kinds of treatment more effective.Leave it to the doctor, working closely with you, to diagnose mental illness, interpret signs and symptoms of the illness, prescribe and manage medication, and explain any side effects.