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How does drug therapy work in mental health therapy?

Drug therapy can be a part of somatic mental health therapy. As the name suggests, drug therapy includes the use of medication to treat mental illnesses. Antidepressants including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin-nor epinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) are used to treat depression. Antipsychotic drugs or atypicals such as risperidone and aripiprazole are used to treat schizophrenia. Antianxiety drugs such as clonazepam and lithium are used to treat phobias and bipolar disorders respectively.

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