Prescribed Drugs: The Pros and Cons
Mental health issues aren’t openly spoken about half as much as they should be. Often the individuals who suffer from them feel isolated and alone. But they shouldn’t, there are 8.2 million cases of anxiety in the UK alone, and in every 100 people, 3 of them suffer from depression. If you are struggling with your emotions, you might be wondering if medication could help you. While they have some pros, there can also be cons and negative side effects. They can encourage suicidal thoughts in the first few weeks and promote weight gain. But on the other hand, they can improve your mood and act as a stepping stone.
Read on to learn whether prescribed drugs are a good choice for you. Making sure that you understand the positives and negatives of medication fully before you make any decisions can help you to heal more effectively and improve your happiness long-term.
The First Stepping Stone
Prescribed drugs for mental health issues can act as a stepping stone in a person’s journey to a happier life. Medication can boost their mood and increase their mental and physical health. A positive mindset is the first step needed to help people to start recovering. Once they understand that they can achieve happiness, they may be more willing to work on their mental health and be able to see a positive future. Sometimes medication can be a great way to get into the right mental state to start moving forward.
Some people only require the drugs for a short period before they start feeling healthier and happier again. Then, with the help of a doctor then can gradually come off them and maintain their healthy mental state. Drugs don’t have to be something that you are on for a long time.
It Can Improve Your Health
Taking prescribed drugs for mental health issues can sometimes have positive effects on your physical health. Feeling better in your own skin can then improve your psychological state. Prescription drugs can improve your appetite, and if you have been suffering from issues like Anorexia or Bulimia, it can help to encourage you to start eating properly again. A healthy diet can increase your mood and make overcoming your mental health issues easier.
In some cases, prescription drugs can also help to improve your sleeping pattern. Getting some good sleep can help to increase your mood during the day. You can feel more energised and ready to do things that you may have lacked the energy to do previously. Seeing friends and family can help boost your mood, and with better rest, you will have the energy to get out of the house and spend time with loved ones.
Takes the Edge off Symptoms
If you decide to opt for prescription drugs, you may see a decrease in your negative mental health symptoms. Your anxiety or depression can decrease significantly making your days more comfortable to get through. You can also find yourself more willing to go to therapy or other activities related to mental health treatment.
With decreased symptoms, you can see yourself returning to a regular daily schedule. You may be more inclined to get out of bed in the morning and go to work. Remember to try to go for a walk every day as exercise can help to improve your mood further. Making new habits can help you to improve your wellbeing and support you when you decide you are ready to stop taking the medication.
Now that you understand the positive effects of prescription medication, you need to learn about the cons so that you can make an informed decision and find the right path for you.
You Can Become Reliant
People can often become reliant on mental health drugs. Sometimes they associate the feeling of happiness with the medication and believe that they can’t have a stable and healthy mindset without them, which is untrue. This can be very detrimental to your mental and physical health in the long-term as you can continuously be facing the other adverse side effects and feel trapped.
Becoming reliant on drugs can also be bad when you finally stop taking them. You can experience withdrawal symptoms that leave you severely depressed again. Without the drugs, you might feel like you can never find happiness or stable mental health again.
They Can Be Dangerous
Taking prescribed drugs for mental health issues can also be dangerous. Most medications have to come with a warning as they can cause side effects like suicidal thoughts. These thoughts are usually during the first few weeks of adjustment, but they can last for four to six weeks before you see any improvement. If you are feeling especially low when you first start the medication, then this can add to your unhappiness and affect your judgement.
During this time, you need to be closely watched by friends and family. While this can seem unnecessary to you, to them it is the only way to make sure you are ok. If considering prescription drugs, you need to wonder if this period is something you could go through. Or, will it be too much to handle?
Negative Side Effects
All medication has risks. There are negative side effects to all prescribed drugs, and although the more severe ones are rare, they should be considered before you start taking them. Some people gain weight as a result of taking prescription drugs which can add to their negative state of mind and lead to self-confidence issues and low self-worth. These thoughts can be detrimental to a person’s journey from mental health issues to happiness.
Headaches and insomnia are also side effects of prescribed drugs. These can leave you feeling tired and stressed during the day. Your mood can be affected as a result, making it harder for you to overcome your mental health issues.
Prescription drugs have both pros and cons that sometimes contradict each other and knowing what to do can be hard. The best thing to do is to speak to your doctor about your options as often medication is the last resort. As each person is different, you won’t know what side effects you may face until after you start the medication. Therapy is a brilliant way to try to address your feelings and try to improve your mental wellbeing. It can be used as either an alternative or alongside medication. If you think therapy is something that could benefit you, contact me today.