Are drugs or therapy better for mental health conditions?
Hi, I am 25 years old and I am suffering from anxiety issues so I want to know are drugs or therapy better for a mental health conditions?
@vidit Hi Different people will find that different treatments help to manage their mental health – whether this is medication, or alternatives such as talking therapies, exercise or a mixture.
While antidepressants can be effective for some, they are not the solution for everyone and are not generally recommended as a first-line treatment for mild to moderate depression. Anyone taking antidepressants should be made aware of the possible pros and cons for them, and they should have their treatment reviewed regularly.
Talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and counselling are becoming more widely available as part of the Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme. Giving people a choice of treatments is key, whether that’s drugs, talking therapies, or alternatives such as arts therapy or exercise.