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Why are antipsychotic medications prescribed?

You may have been prescribed antipsychotic medication because of problems such as:

  • Difficulty thinking clearly; racing thoughts, confusion
  • Difficulty expressing yourself or getting others to understand
  • Hearing voices that others do not hear
  • Seeing things that others do not see
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Extreme emotional distress
  • Behavior changes

Many people have these problems occasionally. It becomes serious when the problem goes on for a long time or gets in the way of everyday things such as going to school or work, or taking care of a family or home.