Medications are one among many interventions to address mental health problems. It is important to understand the benefit, as well as the possible harm associated with the use of medications, and their alternatives. These will be discussed with you during your initial evaluation and at any point where medications may be indicated to help your condition.

Non-biological factors play a role in the outcomes of medication treatment. The quality of the physician-patient relationship, the alliance between the physician and the patient, psychosocial factors and personal attitudes towards medication use, all affect medication response and effectiveness. Not paying attention to these non-biological factors and adopting a narrow medical treatment model may contribute to treatment resistance.