- Mental Health
Getting help when depressed or anxious
I was reading a hub titled Warning About Diagnosis by Lita P, and it brought up some thoughts for me. What usually happens when a person is feeling depressed, anxious, paranoid, moody and goes to see a psychiatrist? Usually they get put on a medication or medications which tend to numb those feeling or anethasize them and they feel "cloudy".
This is sort of what happened to me. I was an ordinary teenager, going through changes, and because I saw a few symptoms in a NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) magazine, I figured I needed help. Well, maybe I just needed therapy or counseling. I was basically under alot of stress, but I guess I'll never know.
Anyways, I do believe in trying talk therapy first- talking out why you feel depressed and things like that. Even CBT- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy- or the procedure of changing negative thoughts into positive thoughts- and so is DBT- dialectial behavioral therapy? They are both therapies that help change the way we think.
Dr. Peter Breggin, is an amazing psychiatrist but he doesn't prescribe medication. He has put out almost 2 dozen books, some of which I've looked at such as TOXIC PSYCHIATRY, YOUR DRUG MAY BE YOUR PROBLEM, MEDICATION MADNESS, etc. He talks about when he was very young and first starting out in his profession about how he and some classmates would visit a hospital or asylum and talk to the patients. At that time, they were sort of ignored and just left there to exist.
Peter Breggin began showing them some attention and noticing good results. (Sometimes humans really just need to be shown love- that others care.) He said he brought in some makeup and nice things for the women and eventually they were able to go home. Imagine! Wow. Dr. Peter Breggin is a rare person and a rare psychiatrist. He is one of the few doctors in mental health that I know of publicly who do not prescribe medicine, though there are many people who believe and are aware of this, and it's an interesting concept.
Do we need medication?
I think we should find out first. Maybe all we do need is talk therapy, some understanding or a peaceful break/place to live like a respite in a house where you "rest" and relax and get away for a week or two. Maybe you are in an abusive environment and you need to move or get a safe place to stay. If you are a young person under 18, this could be complicated. There are group homes for young teenagers with "problems" and many of them are not on medications. I believe it takes a doctor or therapist to get you on that path.
What else? Well, in some cases, maybe people do need to take medication, I mean they could be suffering so intensely from childhood abuse or trauma, they may need something to "calm them" until they get though it all in therapy.
These things should be taken into consideration and people/patients should NOT be put on pills inevitably. Be aware and be careful. Also some medications have bad side effects. Make sure YOU find about them (like online) for yourself--you doctor may not tell you everything. Sadly I was not told Seroquel causes diabetes and high cholesterol and I have now high cholesterol not to mention alot of weight gain. These psych meds can cause more problems which involve your health.
There are new medications that have fewer side effects and work better. The only one I know of right now is Lamictal which is used for bipolar. There is a list here which may help, make sure you look up the side effects of each one. Usually what will happen is your doctor will suggest a medication and then you look it up (research it online) to make sure you are ok with it. This is the wise thing to do, sorry to say, not all psychiatrists are looking out for you...
Here's to your success!
Now that you have some good information, put it to use. Often putting off getting help only hurts YOU. Also, become aware of these illnesses if you have loved ones who are sick. It's only fair--you would want them to be aware and help you if you had cancer or something serious, so be there for them.