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Mental Health & Medications - Feeling Trapped On Prescription Meds?

Updated on June 1, 2012

Emotional Disorders

It seems one of the biggest concerns in our Country today, is the amount of population who are coping with anxiety and emotional/mood disorders. It is said that roughly 46%, nearly half of our population, are chronic sufferers of mental health concerns. This can range from depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, to attention deficit disorder. With today's challenging economy, fast-paced lifestyles and family struggles, it is hard to predict whether or not we will ever see this percentage decrease instead of rising. As we all know, stress alone can be a huge player in our mental health management abilities.

Over 90% of mental health sufferers turn to prescription drugs to cope with their struggles and lead daily lives. Some have proven very successful, others not so much. The good thing is that researchers continue to develop new variations and new medications at somewhat of a steady pace. What I have personally noticed though, is the average person's assumption that once they begin a particular medication, they are locked in forever whether it works well or not.

Are we afraid of change...

Have you ever changed your medications for depression or mood disorder?

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Things You Should Know

We should all listen to our doctor's orders/advice when it comes to directions with oral medications. However, this does not mean we should never question them, or ask for something different. Below are a few things you should never assume must remain the same for the sake of following order.

  1. If side effects do not subside after 3 to 4 months, and they are affecting your daily functions, GO to you doctor and discuss alternatives.
  2. If you have been taking a specific prescription for any mood disorder for over a year(s), and it is not currently helping, GO see your doctor to discuss other medications out there that may work better for you. There are always alternatives to try. sometimes finding the right medication can take some trial & error.
  3. NO two people are alike. What works great for one will not work for another, so do not rely on your peers suggestions alone.
  4. There are also cases where 'adding' another drug to your current medication may be the perfect treatment for your symptoms. Sometimes trying a combination can be just the answer for someone.
  5. Lastly, if you have taken a specific drug for years and years because it used to work so well, but suddenly feel you are going backwards in emotions, GO talk to your doctor! A person's body changes many times over the course of life. What worked back then may be what works for you right now. Do NOT feel as though you are stuck. I know change after so long can be very scary...but your quality of life is so worth it.


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    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I had no idea that large a percentage suffered from mental health issues. That's incredible! Thank you for the great information! Very well-written hub!

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      meloncauli 6 years ago from UK

      I enjoyed reading your hub. The debate is huge about the overuse of most psychiatric drugs.In my opinion therapy should always be the first choice of treatment before meds are offered especially for anxiety disorders and always considered for some other mental health problems. This is the medical model of psychiatry for you! Thanks for sharing your hub.

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      ImaSurvivor74 6 years ago from Upstate NY

      Sorry to hear you've struggled. I know meds are not a good idea in all cases. I've struggled as well, and just hope people realize they should make change when things aren't feeling right. Too often we think there is nothing we can do. I agree wholeheartedly, that half the battle is making changes in the way we live our lives as well.

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      Louise Elcross 6 years ago from UK

      The drugs never worked for me. Many of the drugs for depression left me in a worst state mentally. It worries me that they are creating so called better drugs because too many people are going through life drugged up and just enduring life. I took medication for 32 years and life was not good as I have written about in my story. In reality I was unhappy, not depressed. Too many are prescribed drugs to deal with life instead of being taught better ways of living life. Good hub offering advice to those on meds now and who need to be wary of deteriorating mental health whilst on them.

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      Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Great Hub, great information, thanks!