Psych Meds Over Prescribed
Psych Meds Over Prescribed
Lets get this out of the way really quick I am not one of those people who think that psych meds are evil and should never be prescribed. Chances are I would not be here without the chemical help that I have received over the last decade or so. What I am saying is that psych meds are over prescribed and that is a really bad thing that causes more harm than good.
Doctors Are Too Quick To Prescribe
When I was prescribed my first antidepressant it was done by my family doctor in an appointment that lasted maybe twenty minutes. I went in complaining about bad moods, inability to sleep and suicidal thinking and ended up on a rather powerful antidepressant. Now in my case it was the right move though turned out to be the wrong psych med as it sent me into a manic state in a matter of weeks and before you could say boo found myself on a psych ward. That being said I know way too many people who were prescribed antidepressants or anti anxiety medication for conditions that presented as low risk.
Patients Want Solutions Now
People want a fast answer to absolutely everything these days and see medication as the answer to all of their problems. They are willing to take powerful psych meds without really understanding the risks that are involved. Yes that anti anxiety medication will cool down that panic attack in a hurry but this type of medication is also highly abused where it goes from take in case of a psychiatric event to being the solution for everything. Before you can say boo the anti anxiety medication changes from once in a while to everyday. The brain is a funny thing and when it starts to get certain chemicals it starts to rely more and more on the medication to the point it stops producing the chemicals on its own. When I started taking the medication a decade ago it was maybe every couple of days and now my brain requires a steady dose each day or it freaks
The Unknown Of Psych Meds
Everyone knows that psych meds have a ton of scary side effects but what is really scary is the long term effects of these type of medications. The problem with all of the anti anxiety medication and anti depressants is that there are no long term studies. We really do not know what happens to the brain after taking these medications for decades. One of the medications that I have been taking is an antidepressant that has only been on the market for six years or so and I have been on it for day one. The drug companies of course say it is safe but of course this is the same group of companies that told us that that long term opiate use was safe and we all know how that turned out
Psych Meds Are Not The Only Answer
No I am not changing my opinion that I stated earlier as psych meds do have a role to play when it comes to the treatment of psychiatric disorders however psych meds alone can not accomplish this. It is imperative that the person who is taking the medication is also involved in some sort of treatment or therapy. Yes there is a class of people who only medication is ever going to be effective in treating certain mental illnesses however it is a fraction of those who actually take these medications day to day. It is essential that everyone who is dealing with psychiatric disorders to undergo counseling to help figure out the root causes and learn how to overcome and deal with the situation.
Psych Meds Do Not Stop Suddenly
We have all read the horror stories where someone who was taking psych meds suddenly stop them for one reason or another and bad stuff happens. Of course this just happens to a fraction of those who stop however the number of people who end up taking their own lives after stopping psych meds is a statistic that no one talks about for the true number is scary. There are ways to come off of psych meds properly in a safe and effective manner and they involve your doctor. Psych meds are powerful stuff so don’t just decide one day to just stop. Bad things could happen
Psych meds are over prescribed for a variety of reasons and it is going to lead to a health crisis in the long run. Before taking any kind of medication make sure that you know exactly what you are getting into.