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Antipsychotic medications work differently with different individuals.
Antipsychotic medications help the brain to restore its normal chemical balance, thus reducing symptoms. They should bring relief within about 6 weeks after starting the initial dose, but it can take several months before the full benefits are realized.
They may cause changes in mood and in the manner of handling stress, but they do not cause changes in the personality.
They do not prevent depression and anxiety but they DO relieve mania and symptoms of psychosis as well.
They should used in conjunction with psychotherapy as well.
Your son does not have a definitive diagnosis yet, and speaking with a psychotherapist may help to formulate a solid diagnosis and come up with a treatment plan in tandem with the psychiatric team.
Finally, these drugs are not addictive and will not cause dependence. They remain effective at constant doses as well, and do not lose their effectiveness, generally, over time.
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