A primary distinguishing quality of a psychiatrist is his or her ability to prescribe medication. Psychiatric medications are prescribed to rebalance brain chemistry in patients suffering from mental disorders. Medications are usually added as a supplement to additional therapy or therapies and are monitored by the prescribing psychiatrist.
Medications include antidepressants, antipsychotics, sedatives and anxiolytics, hypnotics, mood stabilizers and stimulants. Depending on the patient’s medication preferences, history, consent and medical profile, medications may or may not be prescribed.