Prescription drugs: Don't dismiss use

  • Article by: Daniel J. Reidenberg
  • Updated: August 20, 2013 - 1:36 PM

It’s dangerous to question mental-health medication. Some people really need it.

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stein78Aug. 20, 1310:32 AM

I think you misinterpreted Scott's article. Of course some one with a diagnosed mental illness should have these medications available to them. The problem is the many people that visit a doctor because they are tired, not sleeping, and not happy and are then immediately given antidepressants. The doctors should be looking harder for the cause of the problem (thyroid, adrenals, B12, vitamin D) before giving prescriptions that won't help the problems and, in fact, compound it with side effects!! I, and many people I know, have been in this situation. Regarding your statement "do you believe pharmaceutical companies are creating pills that are going to hurt you", Yes, absolutely. There have been many drugs recalled for horrendous side effects and even death! Pharmaceutical drugs are all chemically-compounded foreign substances to our bodies. Everyone given a prescription drug should do their research before they put it in their mouth. Sometimes the side effects are much worse than the original problem. Sheryl Steinman, Maple Grove

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scubadoo68Aug. 20, 1311:23 AM

For most people, prescriptions should be a temporary fix until the root cause of the problem can be found. I do see the benefit for people that are chronically ill.

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howardmillerAug. 22, 1312:38 PM

The author is indeed correct if the following are true: 1. Decades of treatment with psychotropic medications have brought about a huge decline in the symptoms of mental illness including suicide, maladaptive behaviors and hospitalization, and 2. Prescription medications (painkillers, etc) are not the leading abused medications in the US.

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