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Treatments for Mental illness

Mental illness: Is the Diagnosis Correct?

The first step in getting correct treatment is to get a correct diagnosis. Differential diagnosis list for Mental illness may include:

Mental illness: Marketplace Products, Discounts & Offers

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Mental illness: Research Doctors & Specialists

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Hospital statistics for Mental illness:

These medical statistics relate to hospitals, hospitalization and Mental illness:

  • 5% of male hospitalizations are mental disorders in Canada 1996/97 Hospital Morbidity Database, Canadian Institute for Health Information, Health Canada)
  • 143,445 patient days spent in private hospitals for mental and behaviour disorders in Australia 2001-02 (AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database, Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • mental health problems accounted for 12.5% of patient days spent in hospitals in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
  • mental health problems accounted for 4.5% of all hospitalisation in Australia 2001-02 (Australia’s Health 2004, AIHW)
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Hospitals & Medical Clinics: Mental illness

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Facts About Anxiety Disorders: NIMH (Excerpt)

Many people misunderstand anxiety disorders and other mental illnesses and think individuals should be able to overcome the symptoms by sheer willpower. Wishing the symptoms away does not work-but there are treatments that can help. Treatment for anxiety disorders often involves medication, specific forms of psychotherapy, or a combination of the two. (Source: excerpt from Facts About Anxiety Disorders: NIMH)

Medications: NIMH (Excerpt)

Medications for mental illnesses were first introduced in the early 1950s with the antipsychotic chlorpromazine. Other medications have followed. 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. Someone who is too depressed to talk, for instance, may have difficulty communicating during psychotherapy or counseling, but the right medication may improve symptoms so the person can respond. For many patients, a combination of psychotherapy and medication can be an effective method of treatment. (Source: excerpt from Medications: NIMH)

Medications: NIMH (Excerpt)

Just as aspirin can reduce a fever without curing the infection that causes it, psychotherapeutic medications act by controlling symptoms. Psychotherapeutic medications do not cure mental illness, but in many cases, they can help a person function despite some continuing mental pain and difficulty coping with problems. For example, drugs like chlorpromazine can turn off the "voices" heard by some people with psychosis and help them to see reality more clearly. And antidepressants can lift the dark, heavy moods of depression. The degree of response--ranging from a little relief of symptoms to complete relief--depends on a variety of factors related to the individual and the disorder being treated.

How long someone must take a psychotherapeutic medication depends on the individual and the disorder. Many depressed and anxious people may need medication for a single period--perhaps for several months--and then never need it again. People with conditions such as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder (also known as manic-depressive illness), or those whose depression or anxiety is chronic or recurrent, may have to take medication indefinitely.

Like any medication, psychotherapeutic medications do not produce the same effect in everyone. Some people may respond better to one medication than another. Some may need larger dosages than others do. Some have side effects, and others do not. Age, sex, body size, body chemistry, physical illnesses and their treatments, diet, and habits such as smoking are some of the factors that can influence a medication's effect. (Source: excerpt from Medications: NIMH)

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