Many mental disorders, such as anxiety, depression and ADHD, can effectively be treated with certain medications and by focusing on medication management. Choosing the right treatment is important, and Dr. Mark Herbst is a board-certified psychiatrist in Los Angeles who can determine the best medication treatment for your mental disorder.
A persistent feeling of sadness, grief, and loss of interest is a mood disorder called clinical depression. When it comes to clinical depression, antidepressants such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) like fluoxetine and citalopram usually work best. Unlike clinical depression, dysthymia is a long-term chronic form of depression. SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are often common medication treatments for anyone with Dysthymia.
Bipolar disorder is also known as manic-depressive illness. It causes unusual shifts in mood, energy, activity levels, and the strength, motivation, and ability to carry on day-to-day tasks. And common medication treatments for bipolar disorder include mood stabilizers, atypical antipsychotics, and antidepressants.
There are four major classes of medications that are used to treat anxiety.
Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
They block the reabsorption of serotonin in the brain which relieves the patient from the symptoms. Citalopram, fluoxetine, paroxetine, and sertraline are a few examples of SSRIs. SSRIs are considered an effective treatment for all anxiety disorders but obsessive-compulsive disorder requires higher doses.
Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)
SNRIs such as Venlafaxine and Duloxetine are known to increase the levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine by inhibiting their reabsorption into cells in the brain.
Alprazolam, clonazepam, diazepam, and lorazepam are examples of benzodiazepines and are very effective in promoting relaxation and reducing muscular tension.
Psychiatrists prefer prescribing tricyclic antidepressants. Tricyclic antidepressants include amitriptyline, imipramine, and nortriptyline.
ADHD medications are created to reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity in order to improve a person’s ability to focus on their tasks. It can also aid in improving physical coordination. Although there is no definite cure for ADHD, stimulants, such as Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Focalin and a few others, are available to help reduce symptoms and improve functioning.
No matter what mental disorder you may have, a trained psychiatrist can help you figure out with medication is the best treatment for your disorder. If you are in the Los Angeles area, schedule an appointment with Dr. Herbst. He can help you determine if medication treatment is the best option for your mental health condition.