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A Primer on Mental Health Medications

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Updated July 21, 2006

Mental health medications are the primary treatment for many disorders. They are also used in conjunction with talk therapies. Different medications are used for different disorders, but some medications can be used to treat problems other than those listed here.

  • Anxiety medications
    Anxiety medications are often helpful in treating anxiety, but they are usually not the primary treatment. Talk therapy or other cognitive or behavioral therapies can also be helpful.

  • Bipolar Disorder Medications
    Several different medications are used to treat bipolar disorder. These drugs can help stabilize moods in patients with manic depression.

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