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This Week- Review on Anti-psychotic Medications
According to the CDC, 55.7 million from the year 2005 to 2006 with a primary diagnosis of mental disorder had sought outpatient services, 2.4 million have been admitted to care facilities for mental disorders and, 996,000 or 67% of nursing home residents have mental disorders and 11.5 in every 100,00 suffer from suicide deaths. Basing on these statistics, there is a large population out there that are using medications for mental disorders.
One of the more commonly prescribed type of these medications are anti-psychotics. These medications help patients with psychosis lead a more normal and fulfilling life by alleviating such symptoms as hallucinations, both visual and auditory, and paranoid thoughts. However, there are side-effects accompanying these medications.
Anti-psychotics are further classified into subtypes, the more recently developed antipsychotic medications have much lesser side effects though the earlier released type is still being used. For more information on the types of anti-psychotics, common medications and brands, side effects, contraindications and nursing care for patients taking these drugs, follow the links provided below.
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