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Some medications for mental health
conditions can affect your balance and concentration, or
make you sleepy or tired. This can interfere
with your ability to do certain sorts of work and tasks.
You should discuss this carefully with your GP or
These tasks include:
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Psychiatrists – mental health information
The mental health information section has lots of readable well
researched information about treatments for mental
ill-health. The information leaflets include explanations of
how different medicines work, how long they may take to have an
effect, what tasks the medicine may affect your ability to carry
Mental Health Foundation
This section on medication
for mental health problems includes a section called ‘Questions to
ask’ to help you when talking to your doctor.
Rethink has a summary of the
possible effects that common types of medicines can have.
Rethink have also produced a report called ‘Side Effects’
which is available to download. This is based on the
‘real-life’ experiences of mental health service users.
MIND has information on
medical and alternative treatments. Each booklet or factsheet
contains information on side effects.
and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA)
Taking medicines - some
questions & answers about side effects is a leaflet produced by
the MHRA for the public.
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Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)
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