How do medications treat mental abuse?

Common medications to treat mental abuse include antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs. Antidepressants normalize the brain chemistry and help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. These drugs can also aid with sleep problems and the ability to focus. Antidepressants should be prescribed based on the specific symptoms the individual is experiencing. Anti-anxiety drugs relieve symptoms of anxiety and stress.

Kathy Sowder
Medications do not treat the mental abuse, but may help with the resulting depression and anxiety that develop from being a victim of mental abuse; they may help you mobilize yourself to seek help, to make decisions on your own behalf  and to feel enough confidence to take action or to reach out to a friend or family member. It is important to get support and to talk with someone about your situation and your feelings. It can be too tempting to abuse anti-anxiety drugs, so be sure to take them as prescribed.

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