Changes to Psychiatric Drug Classification Proposed

European psychiatrists and other health experts are calling for a change in the way mental health drugs are named. The reason for the switch is that the name of the drug you are prescribed may significantly influence the way you respond to the medication.

Experts believe this will decrease the confusion that can happen when a patient is prescribed a drug for what appears to be an unrelated condition. For example, a patient may be being treated for anxiety, and yet may be prescribed an “antidepressant” or an “antipsychotic.”

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