"no real exit strategy exists" (for women and everyone else).
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Yes, we do need to study these drugs more. But don't demonize them just because we don't know everything about them. They work and we're still studying them.
Isn't that to be expected if it's a situation of a neurological chemical imbalance? The point is that it's a choice for many of being ill or a lifetime of medication to not be ill, for better or worse. It's like complaining that there is no exit strategy exists for someone taking HIV suppressing medication or for someone who has deathly allergies and has to watch what comes into their food like a hawk, or carry an emergency pen. Some conditions are lifetime conditions, as of today.
Or maybe there are good reasons why people are on anti-depressants and a general misunderstanding of depression feeds into fears about the medications.
Go and google "Cracked 5 Facts Everyone Gets Wrong About Depression" and brush up on the subject.
Nonetheless, opiates nor alcohol are antidepressants. Alcohol is a depressant and opiates are uppers (heroin is an opiate).
Are many people over mediated, yes. Is this sexist, possibly. Recalculate your figures to account that women are much more likely to seek any medical aid that is preemptive. Also consider that this much more true for mental stability then general maladies.
A pocket full of zanax isn't too hard to come by these days. Most antibiotics aren't even useful. Over medication is a huge issue. But it isn't just about class. It is about miseducation and money. The medical industry has more lobbyists then the oil industry. Think next time.
and at everyone else, no solutions will come of anything if you're just gonna lob lazy platitudes about how it's no good to seriously question the benefits of drugs.
Seriously, you can look up "brain zaps" but there is no good way to explain it other than to experience it. It was BIZARRE.
SSRIs have without doubt done a lot of good for a lot of people. That has to be balanced against doctors with too little time to explain the up- and downsides, and a public largely ignorant of science who will gobble up celebrity gossip by the bushel but lack the ability to research or understand drug information.
The main thing to remember is that treating psychiatric disorders such as depression often involve a three-pronged approach: medication, psychotherapy, and life style modifications. All three are not always required, but this is the basis of current treatment.
The problems lie in funding: physicians do not get to bill NEARLY as much for psychotherapy or patient education and therefore have to limit it as they must make money for their group.
Currently, physicans get paid for services or procedures and not for their time. This needs to change.
Anti-depressants changed my life, and the times when I have gone off of them, I have quickly become non-functional. Also, until I got my current primary care physician, I had a therapist who effectively refused me the medication I knew worked, by changing the subject every time I tried to bring it up.
They may be over-prescribed, but be careful when you attempt to fix this that you don't cripple or kill people like me who need it to function, and have been a supportive family away from living on the streets, or locked up, or dead, multiple times.
Here's a suggestion to anybody going off SSRIs (because they often don't fucking work and because the doctor's only solution is to continually up the dosage until you fake that they are working so that they will stop): keep a months dosage and only take a dose when you get brain zaps (they will go away after you take a dose). The brain zaps will last up to 3 months if your doctor really amped up the dosage before you quit.
Then why do psychologists charge by the hour and why do they charge so much?
[And why do social workers get away with charging an amt comparable to PhDs/MDs? That's for another time I suppose . . . ]
And you refer to them as physicians, not psychologists? Do you mean psychologists, or do you mean general practitioners/family doctors/PCPs? Or do you mean psychiatrists? Psychologists generally can't prescribe medication, and it seems, conversely, that few psychiatrists are psychologists as well or practice talk therapy with clients on an on-going basis.
Get your facts and your terms straight, please, before you post. Thanks.
[Tangent: This is why I *strongly* resist medication. That stuff changes you FOREVER. Once you start, you can't go back. Kinda like cigarettes and hard drugs, it seems, based on what ppl say about those two things (I wouldn't know myself, since I've never tried either one knowingly. Do they put hard drugs in baked goods not marketed as edibles?). Somehow, even though I've had a drink every once in a while, I don't seem to have a problem with alcohol. Never tried pot either, at least not knowingly--I have to have a job, don't want to take a chance with drug tests.]
Because they're doing the same thing PhDs in psychology do.