Whether you’re a practicing mental health professional, learning to become a professional, or just an interested and caring human being, you’ve probably heard about the psych meds that increasing numbers of people are being prescribed. In fact, it’s a regular part of conventional therapy, be it for mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and more, or for recovering individuals who have been into the drug scene. Perhaps you’re taking them yourself.
Are you perhaps wondering about all the side effects people experience from these meds? Many of the medications have general side effects like your taste buds changing, you can’t remember things like you used to, or you are experiencing frequent urination.
Then there are the antipsychotics, which typically produce side effects like tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movements usually around the mouth, lips, tongue and more), and are often prescribed for schizophrenia. While they lessen relapsing, are they really good for you long-term, which is how they are often used?
Benzodiazepines can cause drowsiness, problems with coordination, it can affect your memory, and give you dry mouth. These are often given for anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and phobias. SSRIs can cause nausea, diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, insomnia, fatigue, etc. Some of the brand names which are recognizable are Celexa, Prozac, Paxil and Zoloft. These are prescribed for clinical depression.
Stimulants, often prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), can cause loss of appetite, sleep issues, and give you mood swings (for which you will be prescribed another medication). Some commonly prescribed brand names are Dexedrine, Strattera, Concerta, and Ritalin. Some of the older tricyclic anti-depressant medications can cause dry mouth, dizziness, sweating, fast heart rate, hypertension, and sexual dysfunction.
Psychotropic drugs are prescribed for anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and sleep disorders. But sometimes symptoms get worse instead of better, and some people entertain thoughts of suicide, get panic attacks, and feel angry and violent. And tragically, some people have succeeded at committing suicide, leaving behind emotional chaos for all who grieve them.
So – while prescription meds can help many people with controlling their symptoms, wouldn’t you rather try something that is entirely natural and can actually heal your brain chemistry instead of manipulating it?
If you think about cost, even when you have good insurance, you may be paying co-pays, and even these can add up. Do the doctors change prescriptions when existing ones don’t work or are causing too much damage? You pay every time, for every prescription. If you don’t have prescription coverage, you’re paying full price!
Amino Acid Therapy on the other hand, which may be able to be prescribed but mostly people pay out of pocket, is safer, highly effective, cost-efficient, and cause little to no adverse side effects! If it were me, I would at least try amino acid therapy! What have you got to lose?!
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.