Talk to Your Doctor About Medication Concerns
How to Share Your Opinions about Medicine
Struggling with anxiety has led me to make some difficult decisions. For example, I’ve never liked the idea of taking medication. I already take it for seizures and quite frankly, even taking medication for that is something I don’t enjoy. So when I found out that my psychiatrist and therapist thought I should take something for my anxiety, I was not exactly thrilled.
When I was younger, I would go in my grandparent’s dining room only to see tons of different medications on the table that my Grandma had to take for different reasons. I didn’t want to one day end up taking a large amount of medicine. Even though my therapist and psychiatrist have assured me that the dosage I am on is actually quite reasonable, I still hesitated taking any at all let alone how much I am now. However, I came to trust both of the people I see and while I still don’t take as much medication as they would like, I do have more of an open mind when it comes to taking medication than I once did.
Still, I make sure I am really ready to take more medication before I do. I am not someone that when a mental health professional says I should take more, I automatically say yes. I take my time and decide if it’s really what I think is best. After all, it is your body that you are putting the medicine into. Now, I am under no circumstances saying that you should not listen to your therapist and psychiatrist, in fact you should listen to what they have to say. However, instead of just taking medication when you are not sure if you should, you should ask your psychiatrist any questions you may have and share your concerns. Some psychiatrists will try to pressure you into taking a certain amount of medicine and that is not okay. A psychiatrist should not pressure you, they should tell you how they feel you should go about taking medication (if they suggest taking any) and they should then let you decide if it’s something you are willing to do. Medical health professionals should help you and give their advice, not pressure and manipulate you.
So, if you have concerns about taking medication, let your doctor know. You have the right to know what you are getting into and you have the right to speak up if you are worried about a method of treatment that your doctor suggests.
Additionally, I know how it feels to feel that if you say no to taking medication, your doctor may become upset. You may feel awkward or even guilty because you think that if you share your opinions about medication to your doctor, they may get angry. Just as expressing your fears about other issues is important when seeing a psychiatrist or therapist, so is sharing your ideas on the topic of taking medicine. Medication can be helpful and in many cases and should be taken when both psychiatrist (or doctor if it is not a mental health issue) and patient believe it should be prescribed. Also, sometimes a doctor knows better than a patient. On the other hand, a patient needs to be involved in their treatment plan as well.