There are several different mental illnesses and medications that people use to control those illnesses. The few medications that seem to be the most common used are Wellburtin XL and SR, Abilify. But there are more than just those two medications used for a range of illnesses. It depends on what works best from one person and whether or not they can take the medication.
Most patients will see a doctor that deals with mental illnesses at least once in their lives. Some will see a doctor when they are adolescents and some will see the doctor in adulthood. For example, lets say that there is a girl named Hailey who, throughout most of her adolescent years she was emotionally able to handle things. There where a few instants where she was depressed every now and then, but it always seemed to pass. Then there were days that she seemed to have extreme energy that only seemed to go away when she eventually crashed from exhaustion. When she hit the age of 20 years old. She decided maybe it was time to see a doctor.
So she set up an appointment with her primary care physician who recommended she see a psychiatrist. So she sets up an appointment for an assessment. After the assessment is done, she finds out that she is actually suffering from manic depression. The medication that is proscribed to her first is Wellburtin XL. She gets told about the known risks that fall with taking Wellburtin XL. Those known risks are seizure, which will increase as the dosage is made higher than the last.
After they raise it to 400mg they decide to try it with Abilify, because they feel that she is not responding very well on the medication by its self. They make sure that she is not diabetic. Because if you are to monitor your sugar intake you need to know that Abilify contains sugar. If you start to notice things like an increase in thirst, increase urination,hunger,feel weak or tired,sick to your stomach,confused, (or your breath smells fruity) you need to have your blood sugar monitored.
After she has been taking both the Wellburtin XL and the Abilify together for about six weeks she notices a change. She is able to function normally without having the episodes of manic depression. She can concentrate better as well.
As far as mental illnesses go, everyone sometime in there lives will go through something. It doesn’t necessarily mean that it is permanent. But there are some illnesses that will show up in adolescents and then some illnesses that wont show up until you hit adulthood.
Mental illnesses are thought to be genetic and also environmental. When they say that a mental illness is thought to be genetic they mean that it is possibly passed from parent to child. When they say environmental they mean that something traumatic has happened in your life.
Having a mental illness makes you no less a person as everyone else. It just means that you are wired different and that to be able to balance things out you might need medication to help.