Anti-Depression, Anti-Anxiety and MORE.
Do you ever feel like you are on that treadmill of life running and running and not going anywhere? Or worse, do feel that things are falling apart around you? If you have ever had one of those days where you felt the rug has been pulled out from under you and did not know how to get your bearings, this article is for you; and you may know someone else that fits this description.
Certainly life has its challenges and can often be overwhelming. With the fast paced high stress life styles most of us are involved it is necessary to keep things in perspective. With busy schedules and the ever changing world in which we live, it often seems more like a juggling act. This balancing of our lives can at times take a dramatic overwhelming toll that in turn creates health problems or mental overload.
The symptoms could include any of the following, although this is not by any means a complete list. Commonly experienced is loss of focus, confusion, digestive disturbance, headaches or the feeling of reeling, loss of sleep, loss of temper, heart palpitations, and the list goes on.
Due to the fast paced, loaded schedules we often keep it is common to turn to a quick fix pick me up to “just get through”. However, you should know that this approach does not solve the underlying problem and can have a permanently damaging affect on your body.
This article will address the medications often used, articles related to these medications, some alternatives to those medications and then give some lifestyle changes to help avoid further problems.
Medication facts you should know:
Medications for anxiety, depression and stress fall into a category of medications known as psychotropic (sI-k&-'trO-pik) drugs. This includes antidepressant agents, hallucinogens, tranquillizing agents such as anti-anxiety agents and antipsychotics. These commonly include a variety of drugs known as sleeping aids, pick me ups, zoomers, antidepressants and many more. These drugs are given to help balance alleged imbalances in chemistry of the body, however, to date there has not been any test to prove this theory. In contrast, there is plenty of literature supporting the fact that changes in moods can occur with actual conditions such as thyroid, food allergies, spinal problems, toxic exposure, and many more.
The ill effects of these drugs have been well known although rarely well publicized. An example of the outcome is revealed in this article which was taken from
Plaintiffs' lawyers have argued for years that the so-called miracle antidepressants - Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft - have a darker side that pharmaceutical makers have hidden from the general public, occasionally with lethal consequences.
(For the rest of this story click on the following link http://www.baumhedlundlaw.com/media/ssri/Paxil_murder.htm )
Next I would like to share one, out of many, medical doctors view of such drugs and the conditions they are used for. The following is from a Dr. Simon Sobo, M.D.
last 10-20 years a particularly appealing way of presenting mental illness
has been found. Disorders are bol
The attractiveness of this model to patients is undeniable. By removing psychiatric illness from the realm of psychology, it removes blame, especially pejorative implications that weakness of character, poor upbringing, or lack of will are issues in bringing on the illness or combating the symptoms. It places psychiatry firmly under the umbrella of science and modern medicine. This is a crucial element in convincing patients to seek treatment and to be compliant with the treatment plan. In the United States, the chemical imbalance argument has proven to be important in winning legislative support for improved insurance coverage that gives psychiatry parity with other medical conditions. One other byproduct of the chemical imbalance model: its simplicity has led to a great deal of comfort, on the part of physicians other than psychiatrists, to dispense psychotropic medications. Believing that they are operating within the logic of cause and effect, they merely have to focus on the improvement of the symptoms of the disorder in question and watch for side effects from the medication. A majority of psychiatrists also work within these parameters. They typically see patients for med checks and that is all.
There are fundamental crucial problems with this perspective that need to be aired. First and foremost is that, no such imbalances have been unequivocally demonstrated for any disorder. We are offered interesting conjectures, educated guesses that are forever shifting as the latest data is accumulated. The continual construction of new hypotheses is how science should proceed. But good science is normally modest. It clearly distinguishes between soft knowledge and what is known. It does not trumpet a few pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that have been brilliantly put in place, as the solution to the entire puzzle. The public (including practitioners) and the media are being misinformed about the state of our knowledge.
…despite the ad nauseam use of the term "expert" to refer to treatment protocols and the like, (which in itself should arouse suspicions that we are dealing with a "Wizard of Oz" phenomenon) adherence to this model in what has become standard psychiatric practice, the once-a-month, 15-minute med check, is not only not "expert" care, but is grossly inadequate care.”
Be sure to read the label. Every drug has a host of side effects that come along with it. You should be well aware of what other effects this medication will have on your body. Most common are fatigue, drowsiness, confusion, muscle twitches, dry mouth, headaches, weight change, swelling, slurred speech and rashes just to name a few. In addition to many of the effects listed, it is important to note that liver and kidney damage are also very common. Many drug prescriptions suggest monitoring with periodic blood tests just for this reason.
A few more articles:
During the study period, 10% of new drugs either received new warnings or were withdrawn, with half of those developments occurring within 7 years after the drug first appeared on the market. Based on these results, Lasser and her colleagues, who included Dr. Sidney Wolfe of the advocacy group Public Citizen, calculated that a new drug has a 20% chance of being withdrawn or producing previously unknown side effects over a 25-year period.
In part many doctors and patients are misled with drug
ads. "Billions of dollars
are spent to promote the use of drugs," Dr. Hoey said, "while
in comparison, an insignificant amount is spent to alert the public to
their harmful effects. A company will issue a single 'dear health professional
letter,' in which the warning is buried in the mid
Where to turn for help.
We have a wide variety of assistance for helping you get through the Ups & Downs in Life® In fact we have a booklets and workshops on that very topic. Help is available and I can certainly direct you to the appropriate professional for your situation. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail for more information. Remember the life you save, may be your own.
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