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Medicines For Mental Health? And What The Hell is Trausabun?

Updated on February 12, 2012

Meds or No Meds?

How do you know if the medication you've been put on is the right one for you or if you really should be on medication? You may find yourself seriously considering pursuing medication as a result to your many problems with your mental inconsistencies.

One that I feel some people who cannot relate to on a first-hand basis have too high of an opinion on. My problem is that I have always trusted the natural mind to cure just about anything, especially mental illness. In the recent years however, I have resulted to medication as an addition to coping. Although it has helped significantly, it has also caused many problems for me, from debilitating side effects to severe weight gain. Though it may seem to many people that I’ve given up but it’s quite the opposite. I think going to the group therapy has made a strong enough person to be able to cope with my problems that I don’t need to rely on the medications as much. When it comes down to it I feel as if the end results and/or consequences of the medications are going to outweigh the benefits of it now. If you take a good look at all the side-effects and the long-term effects, many of them exacerbate problems that you are going to have in old age anyway. Some of them also cause an early onset of these problems. Here are a few of the common antidepressants that you will find on the market and some of their side effects as well as withdrawal symptoms.

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Drugs Used to Treat Mental Illnesses

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

SSRIs are the one of the most common antidepressants out there. They are very standard treatment of depression. These class of drugs work by preventing the reuptake or reconsuming of serotonin, which a chemical in the brain used to pass information or signals among neuons. Types of drugs classified as SSRIs are includes:

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

SNRIs are very similar to SSRIs in sense that they also work to stop reuptake of serotonin, but they differ because they also prevent norepinephrine from being taken up again in the synapse. These drugs are fairly new in the market, thus their long-term effects are not too well known. Their withdrawal effects included but are not limited to anxiety, severe nausea, brain zaps, etc. These include:

Tricyclic antidepressants first came on the market in the 1950s which makes them one of the oldest forms of antidepressant drugs. The name is derived from the chemical structure which comprises three rings of atoms. Like the SSRIs and SNRIs, they also inhibit the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin. Although very effective in the treatment of major depression, their various dangerous side effects has led to a huge discontinuation in use except for extreme cases. Some of their side effects are: dry moutn, blurred vision, confusion, sexual inhibition, and drowsiness. These include:

Augmenter drugs

These are drugs that are used in combination with antidepressants r so as to increase their effectiveness. Augmenting antidepressants with such other drugs as mood stabilizes, sedatives, anti-psychotics, psychostimulants can be very helpful in the treatment of depression because the illness is usually a result of more than one problem. The concern lies in the fact that there is more than one medication going into a person’s system and may cause multiple interactions with existing chemicals or functions in our body.

A person with major depression with symptoms of bipolar disorder, or just bipolar disorder may be prescribed an augmenter drug to decrease the mania that is associated with the illness. If you are on an antidepressant and may suspect that you have bipolar disorder, please consult with your doctor because you may find yourself engaging in risky behaviors with irrational thoughts without knowing why. This may be due to the fact that your antidepressant is causing the mania to spike at unexpected times. I only mention this because it is something I can very much relate to as I wasn’t aware of that problem until my actions became unpredictable and questionable.

Whether you are one who is within the circle of mental illness or know of it, or have even found yourself discussing it once or twice, there is one that that stands out. This is that it seems everybody is on medications these days. Everything is caused by a mental illness it seems. There are children who have not even hit the two digit age that have been started on medication because of depression, ADD, ADHD, etc. Isn’t it wise to ask ourselves if it’s really necessary to start kids that young considering the subsequent effects? Did you know that NDRIs or Norepinephrine-Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors are known to have the following adverse effects: higher tendencies towards seizures, hypertension that can be fatal, systolic blood pressure, significantly high heartbeats per minute, and the list goes on. Being that most people start young, at least under the age of 25, is that ethical when the pharmaceutical companies know that a lot of antidepressants can increase the rate of suicide in people under that age. I’m in no way advocating the dismantling of medications proposed or in use for the treatment of various psychiatric conditions. I just have my own concerns as someone who has felt the first hand effect of some of these medications.

The Fear

I wrote this poem a long time, about what not knowing what to do when it came to dealing with certain issues I felt were bigger than me. The above mention issue being one of them.

The fear passes right through me
And I don’t know what to do
Because it makes me feel hollow
And to you tomorrow is another day but to me
It's another sorrow
Sitting here wishing it was real does not
Help the fact that it wont hurt me
Because sticks and stones may break my bones,
But words will always destroy me.
There is only one person i can ask for help
Only you


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      Joe Fennelly 5 years ago

      Everyone talks of "brain zaps", but I can't get a definition. "I get brain zaps", or "increased brain zaps", nobody saying exactly what the f--- they are.

      I've bee3n detoxing from cym for two mos. now. I get these instant feelings of severe, totally disorienting depression. It may last 5 seconds, but the "shot" seriously screws my day.

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      catalystsnstars 6 years ago from Land of Nod

      Now I'm excited to check out your hubs. Besides writing, we all need to find creative outlets for our many issues. :)

      Thanks for reading, and I apologize on how late my reply is.

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      catalystsnstars 6 years ago from Land of Nod

      Every time I see a drug commercial, I wait for the rushed disclaimer proving that it'll probably cause more problems than it fixes.

      Thanks for reading, sorry about the late response.

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      catalystsnstars 6 years ago from Land of Nod

      Hi, I know this is late but I hope everything went alright for you. I would have loved to be able to talk to someone were it not for the fact that it was hard to prove the side effects of the effexor XR. Good luck with everything!

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      catalystsnstars 6 years ago from Land of Nod

      Yes they certainly would, and that's definitely the problem with medications. Although they can be very beneficial to the population, it's over-regulated and overridden with politics and greed. I suppose that's the cost of living in a capitalist economy.

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      Sarah Challies 6 years ago

      Hey Bill- thanks for that link over to I'm going to talk to a lawyer tomorrow- it's terrifying all these side effects and my sister already started taking all these drugs and now we're looking for what to do next..

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      Bill Pokenot 6 years ago

      My contact over at me that the most recent Mayo Clinic recommendations simply fail to mention side effects in their complete seriousness. They'll say consider just about any SSRI, and then will say a normal doctor can prescribe them. What people don't realize is that SSRI's should only be prescribed and managed constantly by licensed psychiatrists. Too bad big pharma will never allow FDA to rule that only psyhciatrists can prescribe. They'd lose too much money, wouldn't they?

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      Fluffy77 7 years ago from Enterprise, OR

      The more people put out information on these subjects that are very serious and life threatening at times the better! Thank you for doing this, this terrible illness has run in the woman on my Mother's side for five generations now, me being less effected thank goodness. I still do have my own struggles that my writing helps see me through. I have many more things to share on Hubpages this is for certain. Thanks again, A.B.

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      heymcs 8 years ago from Utah and DC

      A very informative hub and I also appreciate you sharing a bit of your personal story and feelings about mental health etc. I'm sure it will help more people than you may know or hear from. I applaud you for trying things that might not fit with how you always viewed the world. You deserve to feel good. I also share some of your concerns that we are over medicated - starting at a very young age. Just look at all the drug commercials now that we never heard or knew of in the past??