What is meant by the phrase “optimal use of medication” as it relates to treatment of mental illness?

Recovery from symptoms of mental illness is frequently referred to as a journey and a big part of that journey typically involves learning to use psychiatric medications. Recovery involves learning about oneself, the illness and the various treatment modalities – including medications. Dr. Pat Deegan describes optimal use as “finding the sweet spot where, on most days, using medicine to help manage mental health challenges fades into the background, and living life takes center stage.” To learn more about some of the common challenges that people with mental illness face in finding that sweet spot, please read The Journey to Use Medication Optimally to Support Recovery (Psychiatric Services, 2020).

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