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What is a psychotropic medication?

The term includes the following categories

  • psychomotor stimulants;
  • antidepressants;
  • antipsychotics or neuroleptics;
  • agents for control of mania or depression;
  • antianxiety agents; and
  • sedatives, hypnotics, or other sleep-promoting medications

It is a medication that is prescribed for the treatment of symptoms of psychosis or another mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder and that is used to exercise an effect on the central nervous system to influence and modify behavior, cognition, or affective state.