What's your opinion regarding current drugs used for depression and schizophreni
April 29, 2007 8:55pm CST
mean I sometimes feel like the only effect of those medicines that is visible on patients is the sedative or (narcotic) effect . I sometimes doubt the exact mechanisms of the respective illnesses are addressed by these drugs , and their use is mainly directed at producing a generally quiet state in the patient , in a way that is so inaccurate that is reminiscent of electric shock therapy . Do you ever have the same feeling ? Why don't antipsychotics reverse schizophrenia and result in the person having a normal quality of life , like antidepressants sometimes do for depression patients ? Don't you think there obviously is more to the problem than a mere " chemical imbalance " , that causes one to be excessively sad , angry , paranoid , unreactive etc ??
• United States
30 Apr 07
Many times I have felt that these medications are becoming popular because society refuses to yield to basic human needs in the areas of self determination and self actualization. The more intelligent and educated a population is, the more likely they will be aware of the inequities that are used to maintain the status quo with regards to social stratification. These medications serve to prevent the "patients'" dwelling on these factors, thinking of alternatives to the inhumanities they see, prevent them from convincing others of this reality, and keep them in their predetermined place. This "chemical imbalance" is not an imbalance at all, in many cases, but the healthy dose of reality that creates feelings of hopelessness, as others who are extremely well socialized cannot bring themselves to understand the patient's perception. This creates isolation, which deepens the depression. If western society could see its way clear to remove frustration, especially that which is oligarchical in its origin, I bet we wouldn't see mearly as much depression. As far as the medications for schizophrenia, the medical community waits entirely too long to make the diagnosis and then proceed to the treatment phase. By the time action is taken, a life, if not several lives, are damaged beyond repair. Getting to the treatment phase faster would probably prevent 1/3 to almost 1/2 of the homelessness we see as these poor souls would be able to support themselves and keep rooves over their heads.
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• United States
30 Apr 07
well in my experience they work to calm my mood and anxiety. however my libido has in effect been summarily killed. i have one but it's greatly lessened. and woe unto the person who around me if i've missed a day of pills.