Mental illness is not something made up in your head. It's a real medical problem and often has real physical causes.
Researchers believe that mental illness can be caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain, your genes and family history, and environmental stresses, according to Mental Health America.
Psychiatric medications are typically most effective when they're part of an overall treatment program. They can reduce symptoms by acting on the brain chemicals that regulate emotions and thought patterns, allowing you to engage more easily in talk therapy.
Before you start
For a medication to work properly, it's important that you follow your doctor's directions when using it. Before taking a new medication, make sure to tell your doctor if you:
Safety remains important after you start using a medication. Once you're taking a medication, make sure you: