Frequently Asked Questions

Who can prescribe & manage psychiatric medications?

  • Psychiatrists. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in the assessment and treatment of mental health disorders.
  • Nurse-Practitioners. Nurse practitioners are registered nurses with advanced training in the assessment and treatment of medical and/or mental health disorders.
  • General Practitioners. General practitioners (e.g., primary care providers) are medically trained professionals who are able to prescribe any form of medication (including psychiatric medication) but do not specialize in mental health treatment.

Which campus services can provide psychiatric medication treatment?

  • Click here to search for campus and community care providers that can provide medication treatment.

Where can I find reliable information about specific psychiatric medications?

Are there treatments available for mental health disorders that do not involve medication?

  • Psychotherapy is used successfully to treat many mental health conditions.  Depending upon the specific mental health disorder and the individual, psychotherapy can be just as effective as medications, and in some cases, more effective.
  • Often, however, the most effective approach is to use a combination of psychotherapy and medication. For some mental health disorders such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, medication is almost always a necessary part of the treatment.
  • We recommend seeing a mental health professional to help you determine which treatment is most appropriate for you. See our resource database to learn about options for mental health services.


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