Addressing Over-medication for People Suffering from Depression
Most individuals spend more time in the waiting room than they actually spend with their physician which is causing the trend in the United States and in the United Kingdom to simply medicate patients without fully diagnosing their symptoms, much less finding the root cause even though it is a common method of treating symptoms in the 21st century so when you walk into the doctor’s office, describe your symptoms to the nurse then the doctor comes in and reads a sheet of paper then asks you a couple of cursory questions before writing a prescription and telling you to “have a nice day”.
One of those dysfunctions which can present with a wide variety of symptoms that may or may not be related is depression and these can range from feelings of sadness, changes in sleep patterns, weight changes, lack of energy, cognitive function impairment, to a wide variety of other issues. A senior instructor at the Institute of Psychiatry in the name of Dr. Jennifer Wild, states that despite a large increase in cognitive behavior therapy, otherwise known as CBT, doctors are still advocating the use drugs on their patients and argues that doctors need to have a better understanding of the psychological therapies available and should be offering such therapies to individuals in lieu of medications which simply mask the dysfunctions.
The problem with many clinicians is that they have been taught over the years to simply provide medication to aiding masking or alleviating the symptoms and that is exactly what antidepressants do, which is to make a person feel better but they do not solve the underlying symptoms, nor do they treat the problem that is causing the depression in the first place so when doctors simply prescribe a pill, instead of curing the patient entirely, they are only enabling a temporary solution.
In 2008, the UK Government introduced an initiative called Improving Access to Psychological Therapies, or IAPT, which is effectively halting the automatic prescription of pills and expanding the availability of psychological treatments that are effective in treating the symptoms but prior to the initiative, most doctors in the UK offered 80 percent of patients’ drugs and only 20 percent were offered therapy and now, 115 out of 154 of England’s primary care trusts now offer IAPT service.
If one suffers from a disease or dysfunction, a doctor should first and foremost focus upon finding an answer that addresses all the symptoms, as opposed to masking the symptoms through pills since there is simply no substitute for a carefully considered diagnosis.
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