As with any medications, anti psychotic drugs have side effects. Here are four tips on taking anti psychotics:
1) Know the risks. Conduct thorough research to understand the risks of your medication.
Consult more than one source to gain the complete information. If you have questions or
concerns about possible side effects of your medication, speak to your provider immediately.
2) Don’t Be Afraid. Everyone responds differently, no two people are the same in their response to medications. If your friend has had a reaction
to their medication that doesn’t mean that you will also have the same reaction.
3) Explore The Alternatives. In some cases, a combination of counseling and medications can be more effective than medications. Also, speak with your doctor
about any natural remedies that you are taking.
4) Not just for psychosis. Some anti psychotics can be used to help treat mood disorders such as bipolar. Do not be alarmed if your doctor prescribes an anti psychotic and you are not diagnosed with a form of psychosis. As always speak up ask questions, it is your body and health and you have every right to know why you are taking a medication.
Taking care of yourself is one of the most important skills that can help with managing your anxiety. This means making time for yourself. Even if it’s just to take a mid day nap, meditating, listening to music, or simply taking a time out and stepping can help clear your head and decrease your anxiety.
Practice deep breathing exercises to help slow down your anxious thoughts
Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school, or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious, and look for a pattern. Writing down your anxious thoughts and getting them out of your mind and onto paper can reduce anxiety
Physical activity can help reduce stress and anxiety. Try heading out for walk or even jog whenever you start feeling anxious.
Do not skip any meals. Remain hydrated and limit your alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate and trigger panic attacks, and keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.