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To Medicate or Not to Medicate


medsIn certain cases, it’s obvious that medication is needed.  It can even be a prerequisite for therapy (when people are too severely depressed, suicidal or hopeless to engage; when they’re floridly psychotic.)  But for others with,

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  • August 28, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    You are seriously suggesting that someone fill a scrip from a psychiatrist and THEN think long and hard about taking it? You might also suggest that the psychiatrist be notified that the patient is not complying with recommended therapy on the recommendation of an internet expert.

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    • August 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      What I’m suggesting is that people have free will. They need to be informed consumers regarding their mental health, weigh out the variables, and feel empowered to make the best decisions for themselves. As a therapist, I make recommendations about what might be helpful for a client; they can choose to follow those or not. I’m saying that the same is true with psychiatrists.

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  • August 30, 2013 at 11:00 am

    This is EXACTLY the information we need coming from professionals who ‘get it’. My 24 yr old son was prescribed 20 tabs of Xanax pre op septoplasty. The Dr told him ‘so he could get a good night sleep before the surgery’. WHAT!!! REALLY !! Lucky for my son, I gave him a complete, and possibly a bit ranting, dissertation about all the reasons not to fill it. I happen to be an RN on a SA/mental health unit who sees first hand how easily this careless prescribing gets out of hand. Needless to say, a Melatonin did the trick.
    I agree with the writer that people are too quick to take the pill before taking a good hard look within, before learning some coping skills for what life throws at us. Thank goodness we have some professionals left who understand the capabilities of the human brain.

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