Robin Williams Death Influenced By Antidepressant Medication | What The General Population Needs To Know
Everyone waited on the edge of their chairs so that they could project their own opinion about the death of the late and great Robin Williams. It was a way to relieve the consciousness of so many fellow individuals that hoped he was at least out of his mind when he made the decision to end his life. In many ways I guess that would have allowed for the perception of the funniest man alive to continue living in those that followed him. So selfish to think that even in his death, his autopsy was still about the American view of a person rather than the person alone.
Getting to the report, the medical examiner commonly releases to the media if drugs or alcohol were found in the individual’s system. In the case of Robin Williams it was found that those substances were not in his system and thereby allowed the media to spread the word that he was not under the influence substances. What the media failed to report or acknowledge was antidepressants were found in Robin Williams’s system, particularly Remeron.
What Is Remeron
This medication is intended to treat major depressive disorders. The properties of the medication work to replace under produced chemicals in the brain. Robin Williams had expressed having depression during his lifetime.
However, the warning label on this medication is very explicit and cautions that suicidal thoughts and/or attempts have been known to increase in individuals taking this medication. In addition this medication should not be taken by a person with past addiction history which Williams admitted. The medication label also warns against using this medication with individuals with bipolar disorder, also suspected in Williams.
Remeron Side Effects
- Increased appetite
- Weight gain
- Dry mouth
Serious Side Effects
- Swelling of hands/feet
- Shaking (tremors)
- Sign of infection
Seek Medical Attention Right Away if:
- Fast heart beat
- Loss of coordination
- Severe dizziness
- Severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- Muscle spasms
- Unusual restlessness
Also found in Williams possession, though not in his system was a recent prescription of Seroquel, a commonly prescribed antipsychotic medication. This medication is used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar and at times depression. Despite having an active prescription for both medications only Remeron was found in his system. However, it is cautioned against using these medications in conjunction with each other. Drugs.com suggests only using this combination under special circumstances. Thereby, it is to most of our wonder what were Robin Williams’s special circumstances and were these appropriate medications. Also, could the combination of medications have led to suicidal thoughts and ultimately behavior.
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This article is meant to provide awareness to consumers across the globe that being mindful of the products and services that you use is highly recommended. In today’s society finding information is within a few keystrokes. So as a word of advice, anytime a medication is prescribed follow-up at home by searching the medications and the side effects. If multiple medications were prescribed search them together to ensure that the interactions of the medication check out. Also, it is significant to be upfront with your physician about all the medications/drugs you take.
Being in control of your own health is important because the pharmaceutical industry is out to make money and customers, not healthy people. Therefore, it is our own personal responsibility to ensure our improved health rather than declined health.
How To Safely Use Psychotropic Medications
Psychotropic medications have the potential of alleviating many symptoms related to mental health disorders, though one must be at least minimally educated on the medication consumed. It is recommended that illicit drugs or alcohol be not used with prescription medication as those substances can cause adverse reactions and health complications.
Taking any medication as prescribed is very important for both symptom relief as well as to mitigate side effects. Psychotropic medications are commonly titrated up and down, which means the dosages are increased and decreased over time. Consequently, it is essential to not suddenly stop taking these medications as it can be dangerous and may cause sudden reactions to the system.
Paying close attention to warning signs of any medication taken is essential. It is unknown what side effects a person will experience prior to using the said medication. Therefore, a trial and error approach is commonly required with psychotropic medications and multiple changes and alterations traditionally follow.
It is always recommended to report any symptoms increase or change to the prescribing physician. Also, report any symptoms that are troubling or cause some question. Common side effects of psychotropic medications are:
- Dry mouth/eyes
- Reduced libido
- Brain fog/unclear thoughts
Though psychotropic medication is essential in some, holistic treatments have been proven to be highly effective for many. Creating natural chemicals in the brain are preferred over introducing synthetic versions because if the brain does not restore its own ability to create these chemicals the body will become dependent on synthetic form. However, that is what the pharmaceutical companies bank on. Pharmaceutical companies insist that the only method to treat low to moderate mental health disorders is with medication. Though, to be told those companies are in it for only a few bucks. And by a few I mean billions of dollars. Hence the overwhelming television adds and other media propaganda.
However, treating some mental health disorders naturally has great benefits and without the irritation of side effects and being dependent on medication. Some holistic treatments found to help low to moderate mental health disorders are:
- Sexual activity
Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of,
but stigma and bias shame us all.— Bill Clinton
Exercise stimulates increased Serotonin, an essential naturally produced chemical that promotes happiness. By getting your body moving the brain produces Serotonin and thereby can alleviate mild to moderate symptoms.
Meditation and yoga again gets the body moving, however, the relaxation component of both of these activities can significantly reduce anxiety. Meditation is a common holistic practice used in therapy to reduce anxiety. The basis of this activity focuses on the internal function of the system, which is overloaded when feeling anxious. Thereby, meditation and yoga teaches a person to gain internal control over the system, hence controlling the anxiety.
Mindfulness is an internal action that affords the persons the ability to recognize internal processes. It is the practice of being present in the moment without self-judgment. So rather than feeding anxiety or depression, mindfulness focuses on recognizing it and normalizing the experience without judging the system for being in that state. If you have been anxious or depressed the symptoms increase when they are fed by negative thoughts, though by recognizing the symptoms they either remain the same or decrease. The purpose of mindfulness is to manage rather than to desire a different state of being.
Not anything amazing, but diet does have a great deal to do with how one’s system works. For instance, drinking a lot of caffeine has the tendency to produce anxiety. Therefore, if anxiety is experienced it would be beneficial to reduce the intake of this substance. Also, foods high in fat and carbohydrates tends to increase or influence a sluggish feeling, which can feel like depression. So if you already feel depressed, then these foods can accentuate that feeling. As a rule of thumb look for foods high in vitamins such as B, C, and D which are all linked to energy. In addition, other over-the-counter supplements can prove to increase one’s mood such as using St. John’s Wort.
Sexual activity also activates Serotonin in the brain similar to exercise. Yet some would prefer this activity to exercise, as there are multiple benefits. Also interesting, most psychotropic medications set out to treat mild to moderate mental health disorders decrease the sex drive. Depression also naturally decreases one’s sex drive.
Again doing something that you enjoy kills two birds with one stone. Hobbies allow you to create or do something enjoyable on top of creating natural Serotonin. Getting active is key when trying to overcome mild to moderate mental health disorders.
Know What You Are Putting In Your Body
The message here is first and foremost, be aware of what you are ingesting and the secondary gain of whom is suggesting a product to you. The increase of psychotropic medication is phenomenal and in many cases can be completely avoided and treated with holistic measures. Medication is not completely terrible, though holistic measures should be exhausted prior to seeking out a synthetic replacement for what the brain can produce on its own. Most if not all mental health disorders lack some ability to produce required brain chemicals and thereby needs a replacement of such chemicals to restore normalcy. However, that replacement does not have to be from a pill bottle but from everyday activities. In the end, be completely aware of what you are putting in your body and educate yourself about the risks.
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