Are Medications The Only Solution To Mental Illness?

 January 10, 2017

Or, at least, that’s what they tell us.

When this is the issue, there’s nothing wrong with the right dosage of physician prescribed medication. Sometimes, the only way to focus on the job, keep from having panic attacks or simply get out of bed can depend upon one pill in the morning and one at night. Seriously, this is an exception.

I’m mentally ill, and I will not take my medication. But in my case, I simply prefer holistic methods and the like. Had ya fooled, didn’t I.

Before you go all radical like me, do your research. It’s okay to forego your traditional medication if you are familiar with many other ways to treat your disorder. Mental illness is no joke, but never forget, there are many ways to treat your problem besides prescription drugs.

Curious? Go get educated! Let me know what you find.

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16 comments on “Are Medications The Only Solution To Mental Illness?

  1. No, not the only solution, but there are those of us who live daily with a combination of symptoms. We have a chemical imbalance, also environmental symptoms attributed to mental illness. For us, medication, a comfort animal, therapy, journal writing, affirmations are all prongs. I know, I am in the utilizing all of them. It has been over a year and doing better. =D 😀

    • However, for those for whom a crisis may lead to suicide, if medication can alleviate the desire to end one’s life, then medication must be considered as an option. For those who live with a chemical imbalance, unless shock treatment or some other drastic measure, medication is the least of them to consider. What about those who are bipolar? They in a manic state need something. Carrie Fisher, the actress got shots every six weeks for her bipolar condition.=( =(

    • However, in the meantime, while researching and finding a qualified person or book, or iPod program to learn those skills, what does someone who has a mental illness, like those who hear voices, or suffer from depression, anxiety, or some other symptom which incapacitate do in the meantime? Find a drug dealer?

    • Aissatou Sunjata, I feel that drugs are a short term solution while coping skills are learned. I have seen quite a few lives ruined by prescribed meds, especially the Benzos. I do want to add that I am excluding Schizophrenia and Bi-Polar from my statement.

    • Patricia J. Dunstan Depression with a chemical imbalance and other conditions for which any measure other than medication warrants should also be excluded. Seeing others who may have for various reason not been helped by medication is not definitive. There are some people for whom medication is not short termed. For these people, it is the difference between coping and not being able to do so. A chemical imbalance is not going to be a short termed condition for which something else can replace what medication does for them.

    • There are always exceptions but I believe that in the case of depression and anxiety, we can through hard work, change the chemistry and develop new nuero- pathways in our brains. Exercise has been proven to increase endorphin’s and has been effective in my case, ( I was hospitalized with clinical depression and put on drugs years ago). I also feel that diet is another factor as well. But I understand that sometimes drugs are needed when one is down so low, one can not even bring them selves to get out of bed. Sending you blessings.

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