Medications can be powerfully helpful when well managed.
A wide range of available medications can improve the quality of life and help to maintain positive mental health. Careful prescribing practices and ongoing medication management is crucially important, especially for young people.
Adolescents are less able than adults to understand or indicate that they are experiencing negative side-effects of medications. Changing bodies and metabolisms require dosage adjustments. Young people may also have a more difficult time remembering to take medications or may misuse medications.
Teens and young adults are more likely than adults to experiment with illicit substances and alcohol. Monitoring recreational substance use and drinking is important to avoid the potentially harmful effects of negative drug interactions. Psychiatrists and psychopharmacologists are best qualified to monitor the health of patients using medications to manage mental health conditions.