Psychiatrists can diagnose patients, provide doctor's notes, laboratory requisitions and mental health tests, and prescribe medications as necessary. Controlled medications can be prescribed on Maple at the psychiatrist's discretion to patients over 18 and under 65, so long as there is an established patient-physician relationship with ongoing communication and follow-up consultations.
Psychiatric medications can help correct imbalances in brain chemistry that are thought to be involved in some mental disorders, and include the following:
- antidepressants – used to treat depression, panic disorder, PTSD, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, borderline personality disorder and eating disorders.
- antipsychotic medications – used to treat psychotic symptoms (delusions and hallucinations), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder.
- sedatives and anxiolytics – used to treat anxiety and insomnia.
- hypnotics – used to induce and maintain sleep.
- mood stabilizers – used to treat bipolar disorder.
- stimulants – used to treat ADHD.