Let's talk about antidepressants, anxiolytics and if they really are as effective as it seems or many people are overmedicalized.
- 1 Antidepressants
- 2 The role of the psychologist
- 3 Face the problems
- 4 Combine therapy and medication
- 5 Let's reflect
We will not treat all the medications that exist, because they are many, but we will talk about the best known as the Alprazolam or the Diazepam, which are the ones that are most focused on treating anxiety.
We also have some well-known antidepressants such as duloxetine, which is a selective reuptake inhibitor of norepinephrine and serotonin, and we also have paroxetine, which is only a serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
When someone enters a state of sadness, depression, restlessness, melancholy, and feels dragged by this wave that surpasses him, he goes to the psychiatrist in the hope that his problem will be solved.
In many cases, these medications can come in handy to help us, like some crutches to get out of that state, from that pit of sadness, but in most cases, what is hidden behind a low mood, after a depression , after a restlessness, it is a lack of ability to face day to day.
The role of the psychologist
Psychologists met many people who, despite taking antidepressants or anxiolytics, in the morning to face the day, and at bedtime to sleep peacefully, they tell you and say that, even so, they are not happy. Perhaps they are somewhat calmer, but they are not happy, because the basic problem has not been solved.
If what makes you unhappy is the way you live, your work, your environment, if you see that all that makes you unhappy, perhaps the problem is not in the environment, but in you, in the way you face that what happens to you and a pill is not going to help you solve that.
We have to reflect on whether the pill can really help us solve conflicts, because the vast majority of negative moods come from the fact that we do not have adequate tools to deal with everyday problems.
Face the problems
If we suspend one test after another, perhaps the problem is that we do not have the right tools to study, or that we do not have the most appropriate study method, so it is surreal to think that a pill can help us pass an exam. In this case, we have to change the study method, dedicate more hours, or less hours but with better quality, and we will pass that exam.
That is what happens to us in life, we have to face complicated family situations, problems with our friends or partner, work difficulties, in short, everyday everyday situations, bills to pay, and many other situations.
Many people, such commitments or responsibilities, make them very nervous, they do not know how to face them. Many people can not face new work because it is scary, or is not able to climb an elevator, in short, any type of problem related to the couple, lack of communication, etc.
All these adverse situations are accumulating little by little and we are undermining our mood, we are diminishing our self-esteem, the joy of living, and we resort to what we believe is easier, which are the pills, the antidepressants.
Combine therapy and medication
Paroxetine or doloxetine may increase our levels of serotonin at the brain level, but the problem is still out there., or rather, it is still within us, in our environment coping mechanism.
The important thing is to know how to combine the two things, it is not a question of rejecting 100% of the medication, nor is it a matter of rejecting 100% of the psychology, because there are psychiatrists who reject the psychological therapy, stating that the solution to this type of problems is the medication .
It's about reaching a balance. If the person needs medication at first, such as crutches like the one who learns to walk again, or like the one who learns a new skill, perhaps at first he has to be helped, like the one who learns to swim with floats, to help him to get up, to take the first steps.
In this scenario, the medication would be very good initially, so as not to have that anxiety, increase those levels of happiness a little and combine it with therapy so that we have that necessary tool to face life, and that these problems do not cause us so much discomfort.
It is necessary to reflect on whether it is really necessary to medicate so much. There are patients who arrive overmedicated to the psychologist's consultation, arrive asleep, almost unable to reason or think clearly, with a very slow reasoning speed, the lost look, ...
In these cases, this overmedicalization conceals a problem that is not known to face. From here and we send a message to all the "actors", since it is important to know how to maintain a balance between medication and psychotherapy, which is as necessary as medication.
Let's not forget that all these medications have side effects. We are going to make an effort, and we are going to make a reflection on the part of everyone and we are going to think about whether really many of us are leaving happiness in the hands of a pill so as not to face our surroundings.