What is it about?

Learning to use psychiatric medicine optimally to support recovery is a dynamic journey. It’s more than learning to take pills on schedule. As people recover, as we learn and grow, as we age, as what-matters-to-me evolves, so does the use of medication as a tool in recovery. There are at least eight common challenges on the journey.

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Why is it important?

If clinicians understand the 8 challenges of using medication, they can help support people through these challenges.


The ideas of compliance/non-compliance are unhelpful. Using psychiatric medicine over time is difficult. Understanding the challenges associated with using medication can help clinicians support people through those challenges.

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This page is a summary of: The Journey to Use Medication Optimally to Support Recovery, Psychiatric Services, April 2020, American Psychiatric Association,
DOI: 10.1176/appi.ps.201900506.
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