There are many who seem to think medicine can solve any problem. That things like anxiety and depression simply need a pill to wash it away. This can be true for severe cases, but I find in my personal experience it does not happen always as planned. Sometimes, it can even worsen the issue if there is either a miscommunication or misinterpretation of symptoms. It is for this purpose I chose to write this article, to raise awareness of a deeper issue that effects many. This is not to say that mental or psychotropic medications cannot be useful, or in some cases crucial. But I feel that it is overdone in media and social circles to the point where people seem to miss the point of the medication. Here are 5 things you should know about psychotropic medication:
1) They can be Useful
First and foremost, they will do as medically intended for those in need of it. People with severe anxiety can be tuned down if under the proper dosage of their prescription, or even jump start the unmotivated and depressed. By no means is this an argument against these forms of treatment, as they do have much in the ways of merit.
2) They can Support Psychotherapy
On top of following design, some forms of psychotropic medications can be used as a stabling agent, allowing for better treatment of an underlying issue. In a way, it can be useful to ease up on the issue in question so the individual can then more easily discover and remedy their troubles that caused or contributed to said issue.
3) They can be Harmful
Just like any other form of medication, there are side effects. Some can be physical such as dizziness, drowsiness, and changes in appetite. There can also be psychological side effects such as mood swings, disinterest in activities, or emotional numbness, which can sometimes beg the question if it’s a worthwhile risk for the reward. In some cases, the medication doesn’t help the issue at hand, but makes it worse instead. In this case, the patient must immediately notify their psychiatrist for help for further analysis as there may be a bad diagnosis or dosage.
4) They may not even be necessary
You heard right, the issue may not even require medication. This includes anything that is rooted outside of the brain’s biology and really lies in a personal issue the individual is not dealing with properly. Studies even show that, in some of these cases, these very real psychotropic medications are little more than placebos for the issue. Issues that require therapy and other forms of counseling as a better treatment.
5) They can interfere with emotions as well
Some studies have shown that once certain drugs enter their system, they find they can’t laugh, cry, or feel as much as they used to. In other cases, it can even effect one’s love life or sex drive. On top of all the other risks, these can even accumulate to sprout more issues.
In short, these medications have many pros and cons and may not even be helpful to the issue on an individual level. Keep these things in mind when trying to medicate mental or cognitive issues and please seek assistance from BOTH medical professionals and counseling professionals. These tools can be invaluable for anyone seeking help with themselves.
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Edited by Viveca Shearin