Antipsychotic Drugs Grow More Popular for Patients Without Mental Illness

The Washington Post‘s Sandra G. Boodman sheds some light on an issue that is apparently spreading across the country like wildfire in the article:

“Antipsychotic Drugs Grow More Popular for Patients Without Mental Illness” 

As someone who has some first hand experience taking antipsychotics (and who has a diagnosis that actually warrants their use) I am amazed people are willingly taking them when arbitrarily prescribed. With side effects like extreme sedation and potential rapid weight gain, I could barely take them at all -and I’m someone who can actually benefit from their main purpose!

Antipsychotics play an extremely important role for many folks with mental illness, and for many people they have been something of a godsend. The abuse of these medications could potentially have a resounding negative effect on those of us who actually need them, so I think this is something to keep yourself informed about if an antipsychotic is part of your regimen.

I also wanted to take a moment to stress the importance of asking your doctor questions, being prescribed psychiatric medications through a psychiatrist (whenever possible), and to investigate the medications you are given prior to taking them. Read the pamphlets, talk to your doctor, and to your pharmacist.

I really encourage folks to stay informed regarding all medications they are taking to avoid being prescribed unnecessary medications, or medications that may put your health at greater risk.

I thought I would include a link to it here for anyone interested in finding out more, but I want to add a quick warning: if your perception of the American health care system hasn’t already been shattered, you may just want to skip this one…

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4 responses to “Antipsychotic Drugs Grow More Popular for Patients Without Mental Illness

  1. Informative post, thanks.

  2. I was kind of amazed by this article. I’ve always counted myself really lucky to avoid antipsychotics, given the horrible side effects. The fact that they’re being used for sedation (and on kids, omg!) is really disturbing. This on the heels of recent headlines that people using hypnotics have a much higher mortality rate.

    It blows me away that the general public ignores common sense about sleep. I mean, those of us with bipolar don’t have much of a choice about it, but those who do seem to ignore the obvious. So many “normal” people really just need to modify their lifestyles to known standards for healthy living in order to avoid the problems that lead them to hypnotics and sedative antipsychotics.

    And this whole thing about giving toddlers any kind of psychoactive drugs? Don’t even get me started. I suspect the vast majority of those “problems” are due to issues that can never be solved with medications which are just going to mess up little growing bodies and brains. But I will not go off on that rant…

    • Sarah @ bi[polar] curious

      Yes. I had a little trouble even just writing the introduction without going on an intense rant, so I definitely feel you there!

      My faith in humanity sunk to all time low when I read the part about people’s babies and children being prescribed antipsychotics simply to qualify for extra income through the government (SSI) for their families. The whole thing is so wrong I don’t even know where to begin!

      • It’s something that I want to blog about – medicating small children for normal childhood behaviors rather than nurturing them – but I get so upset about it that I probably shouldn’t. I don’t want to offend people (too much) especially as I have no kids of my own. But there is some seriously screwed-up thinking going on out there when it comes to putting kids on psychotropics for almost any reason prior to age 6. It gets me totally riled up.

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