Medication is not my forte’, but working as I do, in a multi-disciplinary team where there are doctors and nurses present, I have a great opportunity to check any information I’m need clarification about.
I make liberal use of the BNF (British National Formulary) website which lists comprehensively all the medications that are used, I also found particularly useful a book called ‘The Approved Social Worker’s Guide to Psychiatry and Medication’ which I’d recommend highly as a non-medic’s text to, well, psychiatry and medication which assumes some background knowledge of mental health (although it has a clarity which makes it useful across the board to non-experts).
Anyway, with that proviso, I came across a couple of articles at the weekend relating specifically to medication.
Firstly an article at Psychminded which challenges the assumption that schizophrenia needs to be necessarily treated with medication. Medication has it’s place but it not exclusively.
Then an article I have to say I found a little sobering from a magazine called ‘Woman’s Day’ which publishes ‘Six tips towards Choosing an Antidepressant’. As we know, information is empowering but I just found it a little incongruent that drugs should be compared like candy. The article itself is useful in that it points towards possible factors that should be discussed in order to best choose but honestly, I’d hope any prescribing doctors would (and do) take these factors into account anyway.
I wonder how much there is a culture of leaning on medication as the ‘easiest’ option through a period of difficulty. I am by no means anti-medication. I have seen some almost miraculously positive results and pharmacology is a vital part in most treatment plans but something about the normalisation of antidepressant medication seems to sit uncomfortably.
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