This is not a rhetorical question!
Why do people who have been diagnosed (by a professional) with a mental illness reject prescription meds? Usually the argument is "Oh, I don't want to take any drugs. I'm afraid of the side effects."
Meanwhile, they have no problem taking street drugs (including pills!)which don't help their condition at all.
Anyone else seen or experienced this?
Mighty Mom, I agree with you. I do not know why people worry so much about side effects of drugs when many of them take drugs that are much worse than prescription drugs and they know what the side effects are of these drugs. Also, the benefits of taking prescription drugs always outweighs the risk or side effect of the prescription drug. For example aspirin reduces the risk of getting a heart attack but it side effect is increase bleeding if you take too much of it. That is why we take the low dose 84 mg tablet to reduce that risk.
I have heard the argument about side effects, with all the television commercials on the horrible side effects, that is enough to scare anyone. Then there are those who feel all better & quit taking the medication. I'm not sure about the street drug issue - I've just talked with others about the side effects and stopping medication either because of the side effects or because they felt all better.
I think in order to fully understand you actually need to have the diagnosis yourself, know what I mean? Psych docs like to start patients out on the newest meds, and often the older ones work better and have far more data than the new drugs on the market. Many people cannot (I for one) tolerate any of the anti-depressants in one "group" of medications, SSRI's have some pretty nasty side effects and they don't often go away after 3-6 weeks. You also have to look at the prescribing doctor, GP's do not have near the experience with these kinds of meds where a psychiatrist has vast knowledge.
To give you a perfectly honest answer from someone who has been through the whole self-medicating a mental illness, it most often is because the street drugs do not have the horrible side effects that anti-psychotics, antidepressants, and even anti-anxiety medications have. In the long run you may end up addicted to drugs and alcohol, but treated your mental illness almost successfully. In all honestly sometimes drinking alcohol helped much more than a handful of pills that brought on weight gain, zombie like personality, dry mouth, dizziness, toxicity, and more. Alcohol didn't have a vicious side effect like say Lithium might.
With self-medicating you are doing just that. You know what works, you know how much to take or not take, how much is too much, you can cut back if something is to much, or add something if it isn't enough. And self-medicating does often help more than prescribed medications. Temporarily though.
With prescribed medications it is totally up to the doctor what is given, and how. We kind of go along "testing" the medications that are suppose to work.
I am not saying this is the right thing to do, I am telling you how I USED to self medicate myself to aid my bipolar symptoms. Street drugs and alcohol worked well for a while, but as with any drug it can soon become abused, as it did in my case. So to answer your question, certain medications do help the symptoms, and doctors only prescribe what they are suppose to. So there you have self-medicating to tame the symptoms that prescribed medication doesn't always fix.
by Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago
What do you know about the medications you take? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)Do you know anything about the medications you take- their history, side effects, alternative uses, alternatives, and level of effectiveness? If you don’t, you should! Empower yourself by researching common and important...
by Georgiakevin 8 years ago
Pick up any magazine and notice how many advertisements there are for drugs. Watch television and notice how many advertisements there are for various drugs. Go to any drug store and notice how many over the counter drugs there on the shelves. Anytime we get a sniffle, sore muscle or a slight...
by ahorseback 2 years ago
More and more it seems to me that people, especially the young , are using drugs ! Not only is the media reporting more use but social behavior seems to be justified by general acceptance . The local court news , entertainment media ...
by JP Carlos 7 years ago
How many people out there self medicate?
by Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago
A great Hub by livelonger looking at the differences between Nasonex and Flonase got me thinking: how much do we actually know about the medicines we take? If you’re anything like me, you pick up whatever your doctors prescribe and take it- no questions asked. That’s not ideal!We should know...
by Penny Godfirnon 2 years ago
Has the Medicated chid thing gone too far?Do you think that ADD, Hyperactivity disorder in children is too often a quick diagnosis to make the class room more manageable and a quick fix rather than the work that must go into behavior modification. Some call it a fad disease. What...
Copyright © 2018 HubPages Inc. and respective owners. Other product and company names shown may be trademarks of their respective owners. HubPages® is a registered Service Mark of HubPages, Inc. HubPages and Hubbers (authors) may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others.
|HubPages Device ID||This is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.|
|Login||This is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.|
|HubPages Traffic Pixel||This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.|
|Remarketing Pixels||We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.|
|Conversion Tracking Pixels||We may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.|