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Some students are uncertain or unfamiliar with medication for mental health. CAPS offers support for students as they explore their options (including medication) for mental health treatment.
If you are interested in scheduling a psychiatric evaluation, please reach out to Mental Health Services at UHS. If you need a refill only on a current prescription and/or do not desire or need therapeutic support, referrals to University Health Service or community psychiatrists will be provided for ongoing care. Referral information can be obtained by calling CAPS and requesting to speak to the Counselor on Duty.
Will I become a different person if I take medication?
No. Most people who take medications are pleased to feel like themselves again and experience relief when symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD etc. are significantly reduced.
Is it a sign of weakness to take medication?
No. As with any serious illness, dealing with mental health difficulties takes great personal strength. Nonetheless, you may be exposed to negative attitudes about psychiatric medications, which vary among individuals and cultures.
Many students have found it helpful to take the perspective that treating mental health issues with medication is no different than taking medication for medical conditions like allergies, asthma, infections or diabetes.
Will I become addicted to anti-depressant medication?
No, these medications are not addictive.
How long will I need to take medication?
Once you are feeling better, the general medical recommendation is to continue taking the medication for a minimum of 9 to 12 months. This is because there is a high probability that symptoms will return if the medication is stopped sooner. All medications should be monitored by a health care provider and adjusted or stopped only under their direction.
How does the psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner decide what medication to prescribe for me?
Medication decisions are made based on several criteria, including your particular difficulties, other medications you are taking, any medical problems you may have and your family's medical history.
Why did the psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner prescribe one antidepressant for my friend with depression, but a different one for someone else?
Responses to medication are highly individualized. A medicine that works well with one person may work very differently for you.