The worldwide use of medications has exploded including the use of psychoactive medication. Insomnia, anxiety, depression, IBS, surgical fear, thyroid or hormonal issues, and countless other medical issues result in a psychiatric medication.
The CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics indicates 1 in 13 (7.5%) of US children are taking a psychiatric drug. 1 in 5 adults take a psychoactive drug and its becoming common for 4-5 psychiatric medications to be consumed simultaneously. 75% of doctor’s visits end in a prescription. The United States is the most medicated nation in the world, but worldwide pills are consumed at an equally alarming rate. As a result, both mental and physical health is declining.
Adverse drug reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the United States and kill more people every year than traffic accidents. In many cases, these reactions could have been prevented. Many medications cannot be combined without serious symptoms, and even over-the-counter items, herbal supplements or some foods can interact with pills. All prescription drugs have side effects. Before taking any medication it is critical to have the knowledge to make informed decisions with your doctor.
Psychiatric medications are ingested regularly yet many patients do not understand what they are consuming, not only in the pill’s mechanism of action, but also in how they affect the body and brain. Every psychiatric classification acts on the central nervous system where they alter brain function and other body systems, resulting in changes in perception, mood, consciousness, cognitive function and behavior. Behavioral medications can change the way we think, act, and relate to life.
There are six main classifications of psychiatric medications and each is classified according to their actions on the mind and body or by the symptoms they are attempting to address:
Antidepressants: (MAOIs, NaSSAs, NDRIs, NRIs, SARIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, TCAs, TeCAs, NaSSAs)
Antidepressants are the most widely prescribed drugs in the United States, and the number of Americans taking antidepressants has doubled in a year. Yet the majority of people were not being treated for depression. Half were taking them for back pain, nerve pain, fatigue, sleep difficulties, IBS and other issues. More...
The use of sleeping pills, benzodiazepines and antihistamines have soared, but each class contain warnings for extended use (longer than 7-14 days). Even over-the-counter medication can cause cognitive impairment, delirium and excessive daytime sedation, a particular concern for the elderly. More...
Originally prescribed for schizophrenia and psychosis, but recently they have been prescribed for insomnia as well as an adjunct with Antidepressant therapy at an alarming rate. 28% of seniors in retirement homes are taking antipsychotics, despite the FDA warning of increased death risk. Children and adolescents antipsychotic use has increased 5-fold, yet warnings exist for obesity and type-2 diabetes. More...
Mood Stabilizers: (Anticonvulsants)
Mood Stabilizers are prescribed for bipolar, a diagnosis that has increased 40-fold between 1994-2003 for children and adolescents, and a study published in the July issue of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that only half the diagnoses were accurate. More...
Stimulants: (Amphetamine, Methamphetamine)
Widley prescribed for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD, Narolepsy, Appetite suppressant, Autism and other Social disorders. In 2009 the FDA and the National Institute of Mental Health funded a study on stimulant medications that determined children and teens are at increased risk for sudden cardiac death. More...
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*Because these drugs can cause severe withdrawal reactions, do not stop taking any medication without first consulting your physician. The decision to quit any medication should be discussed with your doctor and with their consent and support. More...