Do you feel as though medication is used too quickly and frequently in regards to mental illness?
Topic: Case study on someone with autism
July 18, 2019 / By Alvred Question:
I am an open-minded person who feels as though mental illness is just like any other illness (diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, etc.); however, I feel as though in many cases doctors rush into using medication too quickly. Many times I have seen friends and family be put on medication for depression, ADD, etc. after seeing a doctor for a couple of weeks. It seems to me, that the decision to put someone on medication should take longer than that because you have to assess a whole lifetime's worth of issues before deciding medication is the appropriate way to proceed. Often times there are underlying issues such as undealt with trauma, diet, lack of schedule, inactivity, etc. that the patient may not even be fully aware of and can be treated with therapy, exercise, diet change, etc. Usually if someone has high blood pressure, certain types of diabetes, heart problems, etc. doctors try to correct the problem with lifestyle changes before resorting to medicine. Why is this often not the case with mental illness? In the past 10 years, problems such as ADD and Autism have skyrocketed. Several studies draw links between this, the rising amount of preservatives and processed foods we eat, lack of exercise, immunization schedules and lack of appropriate lifestyle structure. This is not to say that after these items are assessed and worked with, medication can't also be used to help correct the issue. Many people need medicine to function, but I feel that often times these avenues aren't even considered. Do you agree or disagree? Why?
shrgreco- I am not arguing that medication is appropriate to use for mental problems such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADD, etc. I know several people who need these medications in order to function. I am simply asking whether they are used too quickly and without taking the time to correctly diagnose the causes for the symptoms/severity of the issue. Postpartum/postnatal depression is a different animal than other varieties because if the symptoms only begin to occur after a woman has given birth, the cause for such symptoms can be deduced and treated quite easily. This is not the case for most people. Many people have chemical inbalances, but it is not as easy to distinguish why they have them, how severe they are, if they are permanant or the result of something environmental, etc.
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Thomasine | 5 days ago
I tend to agree with you. As a child I was diagnosed with ADD on a couple of occasions. My mom chose not to medicate me because the side effects of the drug outweighed the benefits in my situation. In high school I started having some issues and was diagnosed with depression and obsessive compulsive disorder and anxiety without anyone really taking the time to look at any of the underlying issues that were causing the problems. I was put on anti-depressants which made me feel horrible, but no one would believe me when I told them this. During this time, I always felt my best when I was involved in some kind of athletic activity several days a week, had a after school/weekend job and some other type of club or activity to keep me busy. The busier and more scheduled I was, the more happy and productive I was. After high school I moved out of my parent's house into an apartment of my own and started working 2-3 jobs. I was happier and more productive then I had been in years and I was med free. The problem was that I would be hyper productive and then have periods where I got severely depressed. I also had a tenancy to not sleep enough and work myself to a burnout. After dealing with this for 3 or 4 years I decided to seek help. I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, put on meds and told that I would never function normally without them. Things such as diet, exercise, and schedule were mentioned briefly, but never made out to be important contributors to my mental state. I stayed on the meds for a few months, but didn't like the side effects or paying a doctor $200 an hour every other week, so I decided to try to handle things without them again. I was warned that I would crash and burn and that doing this would be disasterous. Guess what, it wasn't. Three years later and I am in a successful job, have my own house, sleeping well, managing my life and getting ready to go back to school. This is the happiest I've ever been and I am entirely med free. It took a lot of trial and error, but I found that keeping a solid schedule, exercising regularly, cutting out processed sugars/foods from my diet, leaving room for a little, but not too much downtime/alone time and being cautious about people I allowed into my life, worked wonders. Actually, I just had lunch with an old co-worker the other day and she commented that I seem happier, calmer and more relaxed than she has ever seen me. She's right. I am. Medicine is a great tool and in many cases is needed; however, I feel it should be a last resort and is prescribed way too quickly and frequently. Had any doctor taken the time to evaluate my situation thoroughly, they likely could have come up with a med free, or barely medicated plan to help me. Therapy, lifestyle planning and medicine all need to work together and too often meds are given as a quick fix and not enough focus is put on the other two items.
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Originally Answered: Mental illness or something else?
Keep in mind, psychosis or "Crazy" could be defined in a series of ways varying on the people. The most common interpretation of crazy is "Irrational Thinking", or thought processes that seem to have no apparent sense what so ever.
It sounds like you are suffering from some sort of emotional dysfunction. Emotions that lead to depression. Or in your case, primarily Anger.
I couldn't tell you a sensible solution, other then to seek professional help. But if nothing else, try to find close friends to talk to about it that will hear you out.