Busting common myths about psychiatric medication, a topic that can be riddled with many misconceptions. An info-graph created by Claire.
The first time my boyfriend hid my nearly empty packet of Alprazolam (an anti-anxiety drug that is commonly known as Xanax, and acts as a minor tranquilizer) and my brand new packet of Sertraline (an SSRI-type anti-depressant that is commonly known as Zoloft), I wanted to kill him. And, if I’m being honest, also myself.
Antidepressants are used in the treatment of depressive disorders (e.g. major depressive disorder, dysthymia). They can also be used for other conditions, such as anxiety disorders.
You may need a referral to see a mental health professional, if you are feeling stressed out, depressed or having unusual experiences, and it is affecting your day to day life. You can either get a referral from a polyclinic, or directly book an appointment with the clinic or hospital.