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Is it beneficial to prescribe medication to adults for psychological issues or not?

For illnesses like, Schizophrenia or Skitzo-effective, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders including Anorexia nervosa and bulimia, Borderline Personality Disorder, Autism, and Bipolar.

  • Apr 15 2012: If one has a "problem" whether its psychological or mental, and that "problem" has a solution - an alleviation - choosing the solution (or meds) is usually the quickest, safest, and easiest way to relieve yourself from the grip of a disorder (along with counseling). To deny someone the solution to a life-problem would be cruel and morally wrong. But in the end its up to the person to choose.
    Choosing medicine to "cure" a psychological disorder may seem to be the "easy" way out, but that's just an excuse a person makes when they are scared of being normal... of being "cured". For someone who has become comfortably uncomfortable in a disorder, seeing past the pain and the "other side" of life can be frightening. Crossing the threshold from disorder to normalcy is, understandably, a scary thing because it is an unknown but it can save your life and the lives of the people around you.
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    Apr 12 2012: These you named aren't psychological issues but mental disorders that are psychiatric.
    Medication can be much helpful and often is the only way to regain a normal or livable life.
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        Apr 18 2012: I don't know whether I understood your question well but what I do know is that the things you sum up are disorders that have to be treated with medication. I don't know which country you live but here where I live they have tried psychological therapies for decades without the least results because they didn't understood that it was and is a physical problem. It takes a genetical disposition that result under circumstances into defects in the nervous system.
        An illness is something you know, it is an abnormal state that will pass if you survive but a mental disorder is only abnormal to those that surround the person with the disorder and make life difficult to them.
        As Katey Nicosea says it can for that reason to that person be some problem to change to the so called normal state of being. But they will be grateful if they start functioning better within society.
        • Apr 20 2012: For some disorders I feel it would be beneficial for medications. There are times I know medications don't work. People are all allergic to many factors a little or allot. There comes a time where a person should just realize they have a problem and take life day by day. If someone is prescribed the right medication later in life they might have a good chance to feel what it is like to feel normal(not that they aren't normal already.) I call it a illness because if they don't take the medication, it could be life threatening...Its just a passing. I know it goes much deeper than that, but I am just looking towards the future.

          Now, if we are talking about symptoms of these illnesses. There should be less medication because these cost a bit and have a lot of chemicals. I first think people should just seek treatment from a therapist of some sort or read some self help books. There are a lot of information out there in the library or on the internet. There are people far worst than others and there are a lot of things going on in the brain. But can it be treatable with just some... i don't know. There must be better ways besides medicine because what happens after 30 years from now. Will we be okay?
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    Apr 26 2012: i don't think you can find a general answer for every person for every condition.

    why don't we allow them to try, and then decide whether they like it or not, continue using or not?
  • Apr 26 2012: Psychological issues may mean thought process perturbation in OCD, sociopathy, psychopathy, behaviour modification, biochemical process adjustment, recreational drug abuse, organic disease, neuroses & psychoses, to name a few areas of that vast spectrum.

    Drugging prisoners with anti-psychotics like thioridazine or chlorpromazine as a routine (to keep them sedated) is clearly immoral. Behaviour suppression with mood stabilisers such as Lithium used in bipolar disorder or schizophrenia is usually prescribed without explicit permission from the patient.

    People with a psychosis have no insight into their disorders whereas those suffering with neurotic disorders do have insight. Bipolar disorder may manifest with psychotic symptoms during the manic phase. Anxiolytics are normally prescribed for people who appear to need some chemical assistance to modify their neuroses.

    It is entirely debatable as to whether their is a necessity for biochemical adjustment of brain dysfunction, of which the most extreme modification was ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) or pre-frontal lobotomy. How did psychiatry ever get dragged down these two very brutal pathways, without any knowledge of the consequences?

    The dependence on drugs creates a dependence on the prescriber and this makes doctors rather too powerful for my tastes. Assisting people with issues related to changeable mentality is possible but very time consuming and resource hungry. Pathological processes are not susceptible to drug modification... the resulting behaviour is chemical suppression of personality in cases of say... Parkinsonian disease, Alzheimer's and Schizophrenic episodes.

    Autism is a genetic disorder and drugs do not change that fact. Once again, it is the suppression of the person that results from the drug use so that 'normal people' can manage challenging behaviour. We do not define 'normal' for ourselves thus we escape 'treatment'. Doctors who find nothing wrong are thought to be not looking properly.
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    Apr 22 2012: Speaking as one on medication for uncontrolable anxiety.....Absolutely...The quality of life is enhanced and I dont feel like peeling my skin off at the drop of a hat. I am much more mellow now, just ask my wife.
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    Apr 18 2012: Christopher,
    Medications certainly are beneficial for the management of some psychological issues. There are many levels of psychological issues, and each individual is different. Individuals need to be evaluated seperately to determine if medications are appropriate in each situation. I believe medications are overused, there may sometimes be other ways to manage the issues, so I don't feel it is helpful to simply say yes or no to your question.