Medication Compliance Becoming Bigger Problem: HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

HealthyPlace Mental Health Newsletter

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

Medication Compliance Becoming Bigger Problem

A large, growing number of people are not taking their medications the way they're supposed to. A 2011 Consumer Reports survey indicates a whopping 48% (up 9% from the 2010 survey) of the participants regularly cut back (pill splitting) or skip the prescribed dosage. Many don't get the entire prescription filled.

Medication compliance for people with mental illness has always been a problem. People stop their psychiatric medications due to side-effects or because when they start to feel better, they mistakenly think the medications are no longer needed. Part of the solution to those problems may be better doctor-patient communication.

We have a new problem though. It's called the prolonged and severe economic recession or depression. People simply can't afford their medical or psychiatric medications. They're taking these steps to save money. Yes, pharmaceutical companies do help qualified low-income individuals to receive discounts or free medication. Now, however, there are no many people who have lost their jobs or who are underemployed, even middle income folks can't pay for their medications.

Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to this problem. Getting samples from the doctor only lasts for so long.

Medication Compliance Stories on

Mental Health Experiences

Share your thoughts/experiences with any mental health subject, or respond to other people's audio posts, by calling our toll-free number (1-888-883-8045).

You can listen to what other people are saying by clicking on the gray title bars inside the widgets located on the "Sharing Your Mental Health Experiences" homepage, the HealthyPlace homepage, and the HealthyPlace Support Network homepage.

If you have any questions, write us at: info AT


Most Popular HealthyPlace Articles Shared by Facebook Fans

Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. What is Postpartum Depression?
  2. What Do I Tell My Partner About Panic?
  3. Disagree with Your Doctor? Respectfully Explain Why

If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

From HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

Your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

Your Thoughts: From the HealthyPlace Forums and Chat

From our Depression Forums, Mariac wants to know: "Do you think that you can suffer depression for several years? I'm starting to think that I was depressed for several years and just didn't notice. Do you think that's possible?" Sign into the forums and share your thoughts and comments.

Join us on the HealthyPlace Mental Health Forums and Chat

You must be a registered HealthyPlace member. If you aren't already, it's free and takes less than 30 seconds. Just click the "register button" at the top of the page.

At the bottom of the forums page, you'll notice a chat bar (similar to facebook). You can chat with any registered member on the forums site.

We hope you'll be a frequent participant and share our support link with others who may benefit.

Postpartum Depression: Worries Over Stopping Treatment

After stopping their antidepressant medication, some mothers with postpartum depression experience a return of depression symptoms. Our guest, Misty, did. But it disapated after she started the antidepressants again. Her big fear? "Am I dependent on antidepressants?" Watch this week's HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show. (Postpartum Depression: Worries Over Stopping Treatment - TV Show blog)

Other Recent HPTV Shows

How to Put Mindfulness to Work for You

Coming in October on the HealthyPlace Mental Health TV Show

  • HAES (Health at Any Size): What Does That Really Mean?
  • Living with Multiple Mental Illnesses: Draining and Exhausting

If you would like to be a guest on the show or share your personal story in writing or via video, please write us at: producer AT

For all previous HealthyPlace Mental Health TV archived shows.

Using Social Media to Help Prevent Suicide

Many people, feeling suicidal, reach out on Twitter and other social media for help. Sandra Kiume, aka @unsuicide, provides suicide prevention resources. We discuss the need for services like this on this edition of the HealthyPlace Mental Health Radio Show. Listen to How Do You Prevent Suicide?.

Other Recent HealthyPlace Radio Shows

How Much Help Should A Parent Give A Child?

One parent writes: What advice do you have about "hands on" vs. "hands off" parenting? Here's the response from The Parent Coach, Dr. Steven Richfield.

If you know of anyone who can benefit from this newsletter or the site, I hope you'll pass this onto them. You can also share the newsletter on any social network (like facebook, stumbleupon, or digg) you belong to by clicking the links below. For updates throughout the week,

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Last Updated: 04 September 2014
Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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