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.
Things to Consider about Taking Medication for PTSD
When I was diagnosed with PTSD, taking psychiatric medication wasn't something I wanted to do, I was hesitant to even give it a try. I didn't want to be reliant on medication for my mental health; I wanted to be able to get better on my own. But after many failed attempts at recovery with therapy alone, I realized that medication was something that I needed to try. I decided, with the help of my psychiatrist, that taking medication was my best course of action.
It took patience and commitment to find the right combination of medication for my PTSD treatment, but it has made all the difference in my life. That said, it was still a difficult decision to make and I there were things I carefully considered. These are some of the questions I asked myself in making my decision to continue using medication as part of my recovery from PTSD.
- Do the benefits outweigh the risks?
- Does taking medication improve the quality of life for me and others around me?
- What are my motives for not taking medication?
- What are my expectations about taking psychiatric medication?
Answers to Concerns about Taking Medication for PTSD Recovery
DeLoe, J. (2015, December 2). Should I Take Psychiatric Medications For My PTSD?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2019, September 17 from https://www.healthyplace.com/blogs/traumaptsdblog/2015/12/should-i-take-psychiatric-medications-for-my-ptsd