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The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

The Power of Psychiatric Medications Probably Saved My Life

Psychiatric medications saved my life. Before taking psychiatric medication, I experienced constant suicidal ideation due to mental illness. Now I don't.

Have you ever thought about the power of psychiatric medications to save lives? In the past few days, I was let go from one of my jobs and one of my pet rats died unexpectedly. This would be a stressful situation for anyone, but a few years ago this would have had me drunk and suicidal. But, thanks to the power of psychiatric medications, I’m sober and safe. I can deal with life’s curveballs–something I couldn’t do off my medications.

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Should I Take Psychiatric Medications For My PTSD?

Should I Take Psychiatric Medications For My PTSD?

Making the decision to take psychiatric medication to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be difficult. Even though PTSD is most commonly (and successfully) treated with a combination of therapy and medication, some of us are reluctant to take psychiatric medication as part of our recovery. There are many valid reasons for and against using medication as treatment for PTSD, and careful consideration and education are needed to weed through them. Talking to your psychiatrist openly and honestly is important in making the decision whether or not to use psychiatric medications as part of your PTSD recovery.

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Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Effects of New Psychiatric Medication on Self-Injury

Starting new psychiatric medication can affect self-injurious behavior. Starting when I was in my early teens, I was given many different combinations of medications to take for my mental illness. The medication side effects ranged from hives to hallucinations. The worst part about taking a different pill every couple of months was the uncertainty of how it was going to affect my mood. Most of the medications simply failed to make me better, but a few had severe adverse effects on my mood and overall health that were impossible to ignore. As a self-harmer, handling the stress and mood changes that comes along with new medications is vital to recovery. In short, you need to know the effects that new psychiatric medication may have on your self-harming.

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Do I Have to Take Psychiatric Medication For The Rest of My Life?

Do I Have to Take Psychiatric Medication For The Rest of My Life?

Coming to terms with taking psychiatric medication for a mental illness is one of the most difficult parts of mental health recovery.

I have touched on the topic of taking psychiatric medication forever in a previous post but it deserves more attention. It’s a complex topic and something we all think about when diagnosed with a mental illness.

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Do the Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication Outweigh the Risks?

Do the Benefits of Taking Psychiatric Medication Outweigh the Risks?

In a recent article titled “Thoughts on Taking Psychiatric Medication,” my fellow HealthyPlace.com blogger, Natalie, posed the question: “Do the benefits of taking psychiatric medication outweigh the risks?” In my opinion, the benefits greatly outweigh the risks. In fact, I believe that I would be putting my life at greater risk by not taking psychiatric medication.

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Psychiatric Medication Increase Isn’t Always the Answer

Psychiatric Medication Increase Isn’t Always the Answer

Sometimes your mental illness symptoms may worsen, but increasing the dosage of your psychiatric medication isn’t always the answer. Another problem may be to blame. Watch this video.

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Psychiatry is a Tool. Use It.

Psychiatry is a Tool. Use It.

“The meds don’t work!” I hear it a lot. From rational people. It’s shorthand, a way to tell me that psychiatry has failed them. Unfortunately it’s also used as a vantage point from which to argue that psychiatric medications are universal bunkum. I find this insulting; It implies those taking medication for mental health issues are at least a little clueless, prone to hypochondria. One step barely removed from calling the lot of us hysterics. So much for a century of scientific research and advocacy.

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My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

My Crazy Meds Are Crazier Than I’ll Ever Be: Psychiatry, Anxiety and Depression

Psychiatric treatment is a relationship between you, your mental illness, your drugs, and your doctor(s). That relationship is what matters most when it comes to ensuring medications treat actual mental health issues.
Taking the meds out of clinical practice and studying them in a lab is not only difficult but results in mixed outcomes. The kind we see reflected in the studies which the press pick up on.

Just this week I’ve read that the drugs don’t work, that it’s all a big fraud, and that the next Big Pharma pill will cure everything.

Psychiatry, like democracy, is the worst form of treatment except for all the others that have been tried

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Psychiatric Medication Doesn’t Work

Psychiatric Medication Doesn’t Work

Today I read another article on a reasonable person’s assertion psychiatric medication doesn’t work. The evidence is thin, they say, and the studies don’t always show a meaning difference between the drug and the placebo. According to them, everyone with a mental illness doing better on psych meds is experiencing the placebo effect.

OK, so let’s look at this for a minute.

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